GEICO names Rick Hoagland vice president of Buffalo regional operation

BUFFALO, N.Y., March 15, 2013 – Rick Hoagland has been named vice president of GEICO’s Buffalo regional office with responsibilities for New Jersey and the Northeast. Prior to the announcement, he served as vice president of GEICO claims operations at the company’s corporate headquarters in Chevy Chase, Md.

“Rick has done a phenomenal job leading claims home office, and his years of experience in claims and underwriting have prepared him well for this next step,” said Tony Nicely, GEICO chairman and chief executive officer. “His breadth of experience makes him an ideal choice to lead our Buffalo regional office.”

Hoagland joined GEICO in 1994 as a telephone claims representative in the company’s Fredericksburg, Va., office before being promoted to manager in 2002. He then completed the executive assistant program and became director of claims home office systems. Hoagland moved to GEICO’s regional headquarters in San Diego in 2007 to serve as director of liability claims. He was elected assistant vice president of Midwest claims in 2009, and assistant vice president of underwriting there in 2010, prior to heading claims home office in 2012.

Hoagland is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a B.B.A. in finance. Hoagland succeeds Seth Ingall who was named a senior vice president.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 14 million private passenger customers and insures more than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

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