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Horton’s George Daly and Tricia Pucek Mentor Illinois State University Team in National Collegiate Insurance Competition Sponsored by Selective Insurance

Thursday, February 8, 2024
The Horton Group announced that George Daly and Tricia Pucek will mentor the Illinois State University team competing in Selective Insurance’s 2024 College Competition.

ORLAND PARK, IL – February 7, 2024 – The Horton Group announced that it will mentor the Illinois State University team competing in Selective Insurance’s 2024 College Competition. This annual program provides aspiring insurance professionals with enriching, hands-on experiences that give real-world insights into a potential insurance career.

Two mentors from Horton will participate in the competition: George Daly, president of Horton’s personal lines division, and Tricia Pucek, chief financial officer. They will guide the Illinois State University team’s operation of a simulated insurance agency as it competes against six teams from universities nationwide. The team operating the highest-performing agency during the month-long challenge will be declared the winner.

About Selective Insurance’s College Competition

Selective’s College Competition takes place during February, commonly known as Insurance Careers Month, and showcases the dynamic and rewarding careers available within the insurance industry. The student teams will leverage their education and experience with their insurance agency mentors to build market share for their simulated agency, develop insurance products and services, grow profit, promote their agency, and contend with competitors. Selective will award a monetary donation to the top three teams’ chapters of Gamma Iota Sigma, an international professional fraternity that promotes, encourages, and sustains student interest in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science professions. The 2024 College Competition participating universities include Appalachian State University, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Le Moyne College, Middle Tennessee State University, Temple University, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

About The Horton Group

The Horton Group was formed in 1971 as a single-location, eight-person insurance agency. Today, Horton employs more than 400 insurance professionals located in five states throughout the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin) and Florida. Horton is one of the top 50 insurance agencies in the country and one of the largest privately held brokers based in the Midwest. The agency is nationally recognized for its work, ranking as one of the top property/casualty brokers in the U.S. by Insurance Journal, A Best Place to Work In Insurance by Business Insurance and a Best Practices Agency by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA). The agency recently was ranked seventh (out of 100) in Crain’s Chicago Business’s “Best Places to Work in Chicago” list and was listed as a Top Workplace by Chicago Tribune.

About Selective Insurance

Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIGI) is a holding company for 10 property and casualty insurance companies rated “A+” (Superior) by AM Best. Through independent agents, the insurance companies offer standard and specialty insurance for commercial and personal risks and flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program’s Write Your Own Program. Selective has been honored and awarded for its unique position as a leading insurance group and employer of choice, including listing in the Fortune 1000 and three consecutive years as a certified Great Place to Work®. For more information about Selective, visit

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