Spotlight: Jewelers Mutual Group

May 5, 2023

In the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s 20th Anniversary Season, we are celebrating and highlighting the community who has welcomed live performing arts experiences to Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond. With the touring Broadway production of HAMILTON as part of the 2022-23 Season Broadway lineup, we thank one of the Fox Cities P.A.C.’s Community Partners, Jewelers Mutual Group, for helping make this production possible. Vice President and General Counsel for Jewelers Mutual Group, Mark Willson, shares the history of the company and what the partnership with the Center means.

Jewelers Mutual Group was founded in 1913 by a group of Wisconsin jewelers to meet the unique insurance needs of the jewelry industry. What began as business insurance soon evolved into comprehensive protection for consumers and their personal jewelry collections. Today, the Group insurers’ strong financial position is reflected in their 36 consecutive ratings of “A+ Superior” from AM Best Company, as of November 2022.

Continuing to raise the tide of the jewelry industry, Jewelers Mutual Group offers products and services that meet the evolving needs of the jewelry retail, wholesale, supplier and consumer markets. A suite of powerful solutions enables businesses to streamline and grow, run secure and successful operations, and provide an experience consumers expect in today’s retail environment. The Jewelers Mutual Group home office is in Neenah, Wisconsin, with other Group offices in Dallas, Texas and Miami, Florida.

This very special performing arts venue is an essential part of the foundation for a community like the Fox Cities. Whether it be hosting a Broadway show or a high school ensemble, the Fox Cities P.A.C. provides indispensable opportunity and meaningful engagement to everyone who accesses it.
Mark Willson - Jewelers Mutual Group VP/General Counsel

As a member of the community for 110 years, Jewelers Mutual Group feels it is their responsibility to help spread awareness, use and accessibility of the Fox Cities P.A.C. Mark remarked how impressed he is with the quality and variety of the performances, as well as the diversity in the audience. “Each performance at the Center boasts such a range of audience members,” Mark commented. “Bringing people together, in and of itself, exemplifies what the arts can do for a community. The Fox Cities P.A.C., through both its performances and its audiences, helps break down barriers – people may not agree on every issue, but the arts unite people around a common interest and provide a constructive environment for discussion and reflection.”

Jewelers Mutual Group has been a steadfast Community Partner of the Fox Cities P.A.C. Regarding how the company benefits from this partnership, Mark elaborated, “We see incredible demand and excitement each time we offer tickets to our staff and their families. To be able to extend this benefit of the arts and have our staff and families get together outside of work hours helps strengthen the relationships we have in office.”

Mark further added how tirelessly the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center works to promote the arts in our community, regardless of age, background or socioeconomic status. Through this, Mark observes this as an example of what can be achieved when a community comes together.

It took 14 municipalities and countless local corporations and businesses to help bring the Fox Cities P.A.C.’s vision to life. Now it’s here and will serve generations to come.
Mark Willson - Jewelers Mutual Group VP/General Counsel