Wolf steps down at Forward Mutual firm

April 9, 2019 GMT

IXONIA -- Director Dale Wolf announced his retirement as a board member of Forward Mutual Insurance Company at its recent annual policyholders’ meeting in Ixonia.

Wolf has served for the company for 20 years.

“We’re going to miss Dale’s insight and participation, both at our mutual level and at the state industry level,” Stephen Zillmer, Forward chairman of the board, said. “He’s always been a solid, in-depth thinker. As a director, he always has the policyholder and Forward Mutual as his utmost concern.”

Wolf became involved in the mutual insurance industry in 1999 when he began serving as a director for Watertown Mutual. He helped guide the company through a merger with Concord Mutual Insurance Company in 2006 and with Ixonia Mutual Insurance Company in 2009. In January 2010, Watertown Mutual and Ixonia Mutual formally adopted the name Forward Mutual Insurance Company. A strong proponent of education for the benefit of the mutual and its policyholders, he received his NAMIC Farm Mutual Director Certification in 2013.

Wolf was born and raised in Watertown and graduated from high school in 1964. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and then attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Early in his career, Wolf was a licensed realtor and also managed his own holding company of rental properties. In 1978, he began working for the Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services as a licensed social worker and served for 28 years. A majority of his work was for the Walworth County Court Services Unit, where he supervised guardianships, protective placements, and civil commitments.

Wolf and his wife, Julie, live in Whitewater and have three children; Chad, Katie and Lisa. He also serves as a board member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Blackhawk Chapter 409.

Also at the meeting, policyholders re-elected David Blank and Randall Wegner to serve as board members. Other members of the board are Roger Degner, David Flood, Mark Mallow, Dale Zastrow and Stephen Zillmer.

Forward Mutual Insurance Company provides insurance to home and farm owners in 16 counties throughout southeastern Wisconsin and is carried by 13 independent agencies. It maintains a surplus of $7,236,419 and its gross premiums written are $1,676,069. Its office is located at W1202 Glenview Ave., Ixonia.