NJM Official Named to Boards of Directors of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Data Loss Institute

May 24, 2016

WEST TRENTON, NJ — NJM Insurance Company, one of New Jersey’s leading automobile insurers, announced today that its Public Affairs Director, John W. Hardiman, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Boards of Directors of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Data Loss Institute (HDLI). An industry veteran who has been with NJM for more than 20 years, Hardiman joins the leadership of these two safety-driven organizations that are wholly supported by auto insurers and insurance associations.

Founded in 1959, IIHS is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization whose mission is to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage from crashes on the nation's roads. HDLI, which was organized as an IIHS affiliate in 1972, shares and supports this mission through scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles and by publishing insurance loss results categorized by vehicle make and model.

"IIHS and HLDI are proud to have such well-respected supporters as NJM Insurance Group," IIHS and HLDI President, Adrian Lund said. "We look forward to working more closely with John and welcome him to both of our Boards of Directors."

"For decades, the auto insurance industry has consistently turned to IIHS and HDLI to help find solutions that prevent motor vehicle crashes, reduce the level of injuries in these accidents, and gather data that help consumers make informed choices when purchasing automobiles,” said Mike Van Wagner, Vice President of Public Affairs for NJM. "John brings to these Boards a seasoned viewpoint on highway safety, especially in New Jersey. As a Company founded more than 100 years ago to help policyholders reduce losses through proactive loss-prevention efforts, his election to these boards further supports NJM’s enduring commitment to safety."

As public affairs director, Hardiman, who joined NJM in 1994 in the Personal Auto Underwriting Department, oversees NJM's Consumer Safety Department, which includes its award-winning Teen Driver Safety Program. In addition, he manages the Company’s Corporate Communications and Sales Departments. John also serves on the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

About NJM Insurance Company

NJM Insurance Company is the Garden State's second largest writer of personal auto insurance, covering nearly 800,000 drivers. Founded more than a century ago, the Company has earned a national reputation for outstanding customer service and the payment of dividends to policyholders, who have shared in more than $5.8 billion since they were first issued in 1918. NJM is also the state’s largest workers’ compensation carrier and a leading writer of homeowners and commercial auto insurance. The Company’s commitment to safety can be traced back to its earliest days, with a focus that has expanded from improving conditions in the manufacturing facilities that were once so prevalent in New Jersey, to keeping drivers safe on our roadways.