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Robert Collins Appointed Head of Standard Commercial Business Unit for Hallmark Financial Services Inc.

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALL) is pleased to announce that Robert Collins has joined Hallmark to lead the standard commercial product line, Hallmark Commercial Insurance Solutions (CIS).

Mr. Collins will serve as the President for CIS and will manage the profitable growth, diversification, and operations of the product portfolio. Hallmark Commercial Insurance Solutions offers a broad range of commercial insurance products such as Commercial Package Policy, Businessowners Policy and includes coverage for commercial auto, crime, EPLI, inland marine coverage, and Umbrella in targeted industry segments for our appointed agents.

“Robert has extensive experience in underwriting and business development in the standard commercial insurance market,” stated Naveen Anand, President and CEO of Hallmark Financial Services. “I am very confident in Robert’s ability to focus the business towards manageable risks with sustainable profitability and growth.”

Mr. Collins served most recently as the Chief Underwriting Officer at Hanover Insurance Group for the West region. There he was responsible for the underwriting and development of all territory branches in the region.

Prior to Hanover, Mr. Collins held underwriting and sales executive roles with CNA Insurance Company, Argonaut Insurance Company, St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, specializing in Standard Commercial, Energy and Casualty Risk Management accounts.

Mr. Collins can be contacted at (817) 348-1800 and rcollins@hallmarkgrp.com.

About Hallmark Financial Services, Inc.

Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. is a diversified specialty property/casualty insurer with offices in Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Hallmark markets, underwrites and services over half a billion dollars annually in commercial and personal insurance premiums in select markets. Hallmark is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas and its common stock is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol "HALL."

Media Contact: Blake Zipoy, Director of Corporate Communications, bzipoy@hallmarkgrp.com

Source:Hallmark Financial Services, Inc.