Board of Directors

W. Craig Heston
Chairman Emeritus
Utica Mutual Insurance Company
New Hartford, NY


Mr. Heston joined Utica National in 1963 as a Marketing Representative and, following a series of promotions, was named Manager of the Group's Middle Atlantic Regional Office. He was appointed an officer of the company, Resident Secretary in 1972 and promoted to MARO Resident Vice President in 1977. Mr. Heston joined the Home Office staff in 1982 as Vice President of Regional Office Operations. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1983 and Assistant to the President in 1984. He became Executive Vice President in 1984 and President in 1986. He was named Chief Executive Officer in 1987 and elected Chairman of the Board in 1989. He retired as Chief Executive Officer in February 2000. In 2006 Mr. Heston was named “Chairman Emeritus” of the Utica National companies. This concluded a distinguished career with Utica. Mr. Heston has served on the board of directors of the Alliance of American Insurers, the American Insurers Highway Safety Alliance and the Insurance Information Institute.