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Pender resigns from Cleveland’s Oswald Cos.

James R. Pender, whose grandfather started Cleveland insurance agency Oswald Cos. in 1893, has resigned from the firm after more than 50 years of service.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — James R. Pender, whose grandfather started Cleveland insurance agency Oswald Cos. in 1893, has resigned from the firm after more than 50 years of service.

Pender, a part-time resident of Sanibel Island, Fla., will continue to serve as honorary chairman of Oswald Trippe & Co., the Fort Myers, Fla., insurance agency he co-founded in 1982 with its chief executive, Gary Trippe.

“For more than five decades, Jim has made untold contributions to the insurance industry and to numerous nonprofit organizations,” said Trippe in a written statement to the Cape Coral Daily Breeze on Jan. 15. “He has been a visionary for Oswald Companies, so we are honored that he will remain active in the direction and management of our firm.”

Oswald Cos. owns 30 percent of Oswald Trippe, said Jim Kenny, director of marketing and public relations at Oswald Cos. Pender no longer is a majority shareholder of Oswald Cos., where he was chairman emeritus until earlier this month, Kenny said.

Previously, Pender  had served as chairman and chief executive of Oswald Cos. Pender is treasurer of the Council of Agents and Brokers in Washington. He is past chairman of Assurex Global International and past president of the Cleveland chapter of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters.

Oswald Cos. sells property and casualty insurance, and other risk-management products primarily to businesses and families. The company also designs and manages health care insurance and employee benefits programs for employers.

Oswald Trippe & Co. offers similar types of insurance and services in Florida and North Carolina.