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Walker Retires as Chairman of the Board of Pekin Insurance, Martin Named New Chairman

Pekin Insurance® has announced the retirement of Gordon Walker as Chairman of the Board, a position he has held since February 2008. The announcement was made at the Annual Subscribers Meeting of The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association on February 10, 2015, held at the Home Office of Pekin Insurance.

The news follows Walker’s retirement as Chief Executive Officer nearly one year ago. Current President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Martin was elected as the new Chairman of the Board.

Walker’s career at Pekin Insurance has spanned over 43 years. His leadership allowed the company to tackle some of the industry’s toughest issues and see it grow and prosper as the result of his vision and hard work. Walker has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2005 and will finish the remaining two years of his three-year term as Director.

Incoming Chairman Scott Martin has served on the board since 2004. He was promoted to President of Pekin Insurance in 2010 and Chief Executive Officer in 2014. He will continue to serve in this role.

Martin commented, “It is an honor and privilege to be given the opportunity to lead this great organization. I look forward to working with our awesome employees to continue on our journey of making this a better company. I also want to thank the agents who support Pekin Insurance in many ways. The company wouldn’t exist without their efforts.”

A graduate of Bradley University, Martin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and administration. Pursuing excellence in the life insurance industry, he earned the Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) Designation in 1987.

Martin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Life Insurance Council, the Illinois Insurance Association, and the Pekin Police Foundation. He is very active with St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, assisting with fund-raising efforts and serving on its Board of Directors. Martin is also Co-Chairman of the St. Jude Tazewell County Golf Classic.

Scott Martin and his wife, Joan, reside in Peoria. They are the parents of two children, Megan and Andrew, and the grandparents of one grandson, Joshua.

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