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Ohio Mutual’s Jim Kennedy Honored With 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award

Friday, June 25, 2010

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CINCINNATI, OH    Jim Kennedy, President and CEO of Bucyrus-based Ohio Mutual Insurance Group (OMIG) Thursday was honored with the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the “Masters” category award at a banquet in Cincinnati, with family, board members, and business associates in attendance.

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. The award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. Local regional sponsors include Thompson Hine LLP and SmartBusiness Magazine.

As a regional award winner for South Central Ohio & Kentucky, Kennedy will now compete for the national award, which will be announced at a November event in California.

In accepting the award, Kennedy said, “It is no understatement to say that my presence here tonight is only as a representative of a team of passionate, innovative partners.  It is my privilege this evening to acknowledge their effort and their commitment to the Guiding Principles that define and guide how we conduct our business at Ohio Mutual.”

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. For more information about the organization, please visit www.ey.com .

Ohio Mutual Insurance Group is a client of Ernst & Young, however, a business relationship between award nominees/winners and Ernst & Young is not a prerequisite nor does it give nominees an advantage in the award competition, which is judged by an independent panel of regional business, academic and community leaders.

Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, founded in 1901 and based in Bucyrus, Ohio, partners with nearly 300 independent agencies to distribute quality property and casualty insurance products throughout Ohio, Connecticut, Indiana, and Rhode Island. In 2009, Ohio Mutual was recognized as one of the Ward’s 50 top insurance companies in the United States and was named the Company of the Year by the nation’s largest association of independent insurance agents. Additional company information is available at www.omig.com.

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Note: Some language included in this announcement provided by Ernst & Young LLP.