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State Auto COO to provide 'executive view' at Dallas All-Industry Day

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Mark BlackburnCOLUMBUS, Ohio – November 15, 2007 – State Auto Insurance Companies Executive Vice President and COO Mark Blackburn will offer his view of Texas, the nation’s third-largest P&C market, at the 2007 Dallas All-Industry Day on Tuesday, November 20.

Blackburn will join several other insurance company executives in offering a perspective on this strategically important market. He’ll discuss the progress of State Auto’s recent entry into the market, as well as the tremendous potential the state holds for State Auto and other insurance companies.

“Doing business in Texas presents big challenges and even bigger opportunities,” said Blackburn. “We have in place an outstanding staff on the ground and a tremendous network of independent agents. I look forward to talking about State Auto’s commitment to becoming the company of choice for agents, consumers and business owners throughout the state.”

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Blackburn joined State Auto in 1999 after holding executive-level positions with Grange Mutual Casualty Group and General Reinsurance Corporation. He has served a number of non-profit organizations, including The Buckeye Ranch and the Columbus Museum of Art.

This year’s event is jointly sponsored by the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas (IIAD), University of North Texas (UNT) and the Dallas Chapter of the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Society.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Adam’s Mark Hotel at 300 N. Olive St. in downtown Dallas. The fee for the full day is $130 ($100 for IIAD & CPCU members), or $55 for lunch and exhibit hall admission only. Registration materials can be obtained by calling the IIAD at 214-360-0666, or by visiting iiadallas.org. NEWS MEDIA: PLEASE PRE-REGISTER BY CALLING JENNIFER KAIL, IIAD COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, AT 214-360-0666.

The State Auto Insurance Companies, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, are engaged primarily in writing personal and business insurance products exclusively through approximately 3,200 independent insurance agencies in 29 states and are proud to be a Trusted Choice® company partner. The State Auto Insurance Companies include State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STFC), and State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, which is one of only 14 companies rated A+ (Superior) by the A.M. Best Company every year since 1954. Additional information can be found online at StateAuto.com.

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