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2016 Middle Tennessee Benefits Benchmarking survey & seminar 07/08/2016 Austin Madison, Senior Vice President, The Crichton Group

Have you ever asked yourself?

  • How do my employee benefits compare to other employers in Middle Tennessee?
  • What types of strategies are employers using in this health care reform era?
  • Are my wellness and disease management plans on par with my peers?
  • What is the prevalence of high-deductible health plans in my area?
  • What cost control strategies are other employers utilizing?
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Westfield Insurance Foundation’s Legacy of Caring Fund Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee 06/28/2016 Westfield Insurance

Nashville, Tenn. (June 24, 2016) -- Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee received a grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation thanks to the help of The Crichton Group insurance agency. The grant is part of the new Westfield Legacy of Caring program in which Westfield agencies across the country were invited to nominate a local nonprofit in the areas of disaster relief, insurance pathways, family stability or safety.

“Thanks to the generous donation from Westfield Insurance Foundation, we will be able to increase our efforts toward feeding those in need in the Middle Tennessee community,” said Jaynee Day, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee President and CEO.

“We value our partnerships with our independent insurance agencies. Giving back to our agents' communities in support of these key areas is an extension of the fundamental role that insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities,” said Ed Largent, Westfield President, CEO, board chair and Westfield Insurance Foundation chairman.

“The Crichton Group and its employees are proud members of the Nashville community. Our collaboration with Westfield allows us to serve our community and have a positive impact on the critically important initiatives of Second Harvest,” said Cooper Jones, The Crichton Group President.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of 45 nonprofits nationwide to receive over $400,000 in donations from the Westfield Legacy of Caring program. Westfield is proud to work with their independent agents in distributing nearly $750,000 since the onset of the Legacy of Caring program last year.

About The Crichton Group

The cornerstone of the agency began in 1979 with the founding of The Crichton Company. The firm rapidly grew and expanded through development and acquisition and by winning the loyalty of clients through personal and customized service. Today, The Crichton Group is Middle Tennessee's largest independent insurance agency. The firm partners with its clients to provide insurance advocacy, intelligence, guidance and understanding. To find out more visit

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest's mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 450 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit

About Westfield Insurance Foundation
Westfield Insurance Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield Insurance. In keeping with the values of Westfield Insurance, the Foundation exists as a dedicated community and industry partner; concentrating resources to have an impact on safety, disaster relief and family stability. The Foundation donates $3 million annually to a variety of charities.

About Westfield Insurance

Westfield Insurance is a part of Westfield Group, a customer-focused insurance and banking group of businesses headquartered in Westfield Center, Ohio, and in business for more than 168 years. Westfield Insurance provides commercial insurance in 21 states, personal insurance in 10 states and surety services to customers in 50 states. Westfield is one of the nation's 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Insurance was named as a Top Workplace in northeast Ohio in 2014, as a Top Workplace in central Ohio in 2015, and as one of the Top 10 Best Private Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive Magazine in 2016. Westfield Bank provides banking solutions for businesses and individuals, and Westfield Services provides service and training support for independent insurance agencies. Learn more about Westfield Group at and
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The Crichton Group promotes two: Company veterans to serve as senior VP and partner, respectively 04/19/2016 Nashville Post - staff reporters

Nashville-based insurance agency The Crichton Group has promoted partner Austin Madison to senior vice president and Blake Wiedman to partner and vice president.

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