March 8, 2018 | Press Releases

Ohio Mutual Appoints Two to Board of Directors

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BUCYRUS, OH – Ohio Mutual Insurance Group has added two new members to its Board of Directors – one to fill the seat of a retiring member and another to a new seat on the Board.

Karen Haefling, Vice President, Marketing for Vita-Mix Corporation, has been appointed to fill the seat of retiring long-time Board member R. Bruce Albro, who leaves the Board after 12 years. Bob Wheeler, President & CEO of Airstream, Inc., becomes the ninth member of the Ohio Mutual Board.

Ms. Haefling began her career in the banking industry, where she managed marketing efforts for several banking organizations, including KeyCorp, where she served as Chief Marketing Officer from 1998-2012 before accepting a senior management position at Vita-Mix.  A recipient of numerous marketing awards, Haefling holds a BA in business administration from Ohio University and a MBA from Kent State University. She currently resides in Chagrin Falls with her husband.

Mr. Wheeler holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester and a MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to assuming the top position at Airstream in 2005, Wheeler served as the company’s VP of Product Development and Engineering.  He also held several management positions with companies owned by Airstream’s parent, Thor Industries.  He lives in Columbus, OH with his wife and three sons.

“These two accomplished leaders bring a wealth of experience and great diversity of thought and perspective that will benefit Ohio Mutual Insurance Group for many years,” said Ohio Mutual President & CEO Mark C. Russell. “As we add these new strong voices to our Board, we also recognize that we will greatly miss the insight and wisdom of Bruce Albro, and we thank him for his remarkable legacy of leadership and service to Ohio Mutual.”

Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, founded in 1901 and based in Bucyrus, OH, partners with nearly 400 independent agencies to distribute quality property and casualty insurance products throughout CT, IN, ME, NH, OH, RI, and VT. Ohio Mutual has maintained a rating of “A / Stable” from A.M. Best Co. for 25 consecutive years, and was named to the Ward’s 50 from 2009-2013. Additional company information is available at

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