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PIA Member Agency Receives SBA’s 2012 National Family Owned Business Award

PIA member Brian Hayer, president and CEO of Warner and Company Insurance of Fargo, North Dakota has been named the 2012 National Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration
April 17, 2012

PIA member Brian Hayer, president and CEO of Warner and Company Insurance of Fargo, North Dakota has been named the 2012 National Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Warner and Company Insurance of North Dakota received the 2012 SBA Family Owned Business Award.

Warner and Company Insurance was selected by SBA Administrator Karen Mills based on the recommendations of the agency’s National Small Business Week panel of judges, after reviewing 10 regional winners. Before receiving the national award, the company was selected as the Region VIII champion from among state award-winners in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

The SBA award honors a successful family-owned and operated business that has been passed on from one generation to the next. Brian’s sister Denise Magness serves as executive vice president and CEO while Denise’s daughter Jessica joined the company in 2010, ushering in the third generation of Hayers spanning back 100 years. Brian and Denise’s father Harold purchased the agency from the previous generation who founded the agency in 1911.

Brian Hayer will be among the nation’s top entrepreneurs honored at the SBA’s National Small Business Week events May 20-22, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Read SBA's statement on Warner's recognition: Warner and Company Earns National SBA Award (SBA press release 4/5/12)

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