President/CEO Panhandle Farmers Mutual
Art Meadows holds a BS Degree in Business Administration and is currently the President/CEO of Panhandle Farmers Mutual Insurance Company in Moundsville, WV a position he has held since March 2004 and is Executive Manager of Mutual Protective Association of WV. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Board Member and has been employed with them since 1999. He has directed the company into a very technological operation that includes a paperless system, agency online quoting, web site functions and electronic mortgagee notification and recently launched a robust web base insurance operating system called BriteCore. Under his direction he lowered the company’s operating expense by 35% and increased policyholder surplus by 650% in the span of 5 years.
Art served as Chairman of the WV Insurance Federation eight consecutive years prior to stepping down in 2011. He is also serving his 15th year on their Board of Directors and was instrumental in the domestic industry in West Virginia becoming members of the Federation. During his term as Chairman, the Federation successfully passed some of the most sweeping tort reform pieces of legislation that any state has ever seen accomplished in one year. He was hand-picked by the WV Insurance Commissioner, as 1 of 12 industry representatives, to serve on the Governor’s task force to reform insurance legislation in WV and remains very active in legislative issues.
Art served on the NAMIC Board of Directors from 2010 through 2012 and also served on the Convention Planning and the Strategy Planning committees during his tenor. Also serving on the Farm Mutual Conference Board of Directors for NAMIC from 2005 to 2012 and was Chairman with that Board for 15 months in the 2010 to 2011 term and has been the recipient of the 2007 Professional Farm Mutual Manager of the Year Award, the 2006 NAMIC Service Award and the PFMM designation from NAMIC. He was the FMC Board liaison for the Loss Control Committee and has served on the Legislative Steering Committee and the Claims Committee for NAMIC as well as being a member of the NAMIC Merit Society. For the past 12 years he has been active with the Congressional Contact Program with NAMIC and is a supporter of the NAMIC PAC. He was recently appointed to the PAMIC Board of Directors (PA Association of Mutual Insurance Companies) and is a Board of Director for Intuitive Web Solutions (IWS), the creator of BriteCore. Prior to becoming a Board member of IWS he served as Chairman the Product Advisory Board for IWS which oversees the development and direction of BriteCore/BriteQuote insurance system.
He served as President of the WV Association of Insurance Company for 8 consecutive years which is the domestic industry in WV. During his term as President he was able attract many high profile speakers that included setting Governors, US Congressmen, State Supreme Court Justices, State Senators, Members of the House of Delegates, NAMIC Chairman’s and many other distinguish speakers. Attendance at the Annual Meetings more than doubled during his terms as President.