July 13, 2009

GOVERNOR BARBOUR REAPPOINTS TWO MISSISSIPPIANS TO STATE WINDSTORM UNDERWRITING ASSOCIATION

Governor Haley Barbour has reappointed David A. Treutel, Jr. of Bay St. Louis and Mark Cumbest of Cumbest Bluff to the Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association, which provides an adequate market for windstorm and hail insurance for the Gulf Coast.

"I appreciate the dedication of Mr. Treutel and Mr. Cumbest continuing their service to the people of the Mississippi Coast," Governor Barbour said. "The Windstorm Underwriting Association is an essential piece of the insurance puzzle on the Gulf Coast and their expertise is greatly needed."

Treutel is president and CEO of Treutel Insurance Agency Inc. He has served in this capacity for 25 years. He served as a board member for numerous organizations, such as the Southern Agents Conference, the Gulf Coast Business Council, the Archdiocese of New Orleans Notre Dame Seminary, the Partners for Stennis Space Center/NASA, and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. In 2006 he was named an outstanding community leader of South Mississippi by The Sun Herald, and the 2005 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce. He was recognized in 2008 and 2001 with the President's Award for distinguished service and superior leadership to the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi.

Treutel, a U.S. Navy veteran, received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife, Angelyn, have two children, David and Alex.

Cumbest is broker-owner of Cumbest Realty Inc., which he opened 33 years ago. He serves on the Mississippi Real Estate Commission and is a member of the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. He is a co-founder of the Gulf Coast Business Council. He was named 2008 Realtor of the Year by the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors. Cumbest has been named 1997 Mississippi Realtor of the Year. He also has served on the Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal.

Cumbest received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southerm Mississippi. He and his wife, Pam, have two children, Grant and Reid.