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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event Reported): March 19, 2018
 
Conifer Holdings Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
 
Michigan
 
001-37536
 
27-1298795
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
 
(Commission File Number)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)
 
550 West Merrill Street, Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
 
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (248) 559-0840

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(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
 
On March 15, 2018, the Board of Directors of Conifer Holdings, Inc. (the "Company") appointed Jeffrey Hakala to the Board of Directors of the Company, effective immediately. The Board of Directors did not elect Mr. Hakala pursuant to any arrangements or understandings between Mr. Hakala and the Company or any other person. There are no material transactions between Mr. Hakala and the Company or any other person.

On March 19, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing Mr. Hakala's appointment as a director. A copy of the press release is attached as an exhibit hereto.
 
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
Exhibit 99.1.       Press release dated March 19, 2018






SIGNATURE
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
Date: March 19, 2018
Conifer Holdings Inc.
 
By:  
/s/ BRIAN J. RONEY
Brian J. Roney
President






EXHIBIT INDEX
Item No.
Exhibits
99.1



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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)

Exhibit

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News Release

For Further Information:
Jessica Gulis, 248.559.0840
ir@cnfrh.com

For Immediate Release

Conifer Holdings Appoints Investment Strategy Leader Jeffrey Hakala as
New Board Member

Birmingham, MI, March 19, 2018 - Conifer Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNFR) (“Conifer” or the “Company”) announced today that Jeffrey A. Hakala has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Company. With the addition of Mr. Hakala, Conifer’s Board of Directors increases to eight members.

James Petcoff, Chairman and CEO, stated, “We are delighted to welcome Jeff to serve on Conifer’s Board of Directors. His background in portfolio investment management and public accounting brings valuable investment strategy and financial expertise to the Board.”

Mr. Hakala is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Clarkston Capital Partners, an investment management firm based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Prior to Mr. Hakala co-founding Clarkston Capital Partners in 2007, he served as a portfolio manager for multiple investment management firms and also worked in public accounting.

In addition to his position on Conifer’s Board of Directors, Mr. Hakala serves on the Board of Directors of Clarkston State Bank. Mr. Hakala holds a B.A. in accounting and M.B.A. from Michigan State University and is both a Chartered Financial Analyst and a registered Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of experience in the finance industry.

About the Company
Conifer Holdings, Inc. is a Michigan-based property and casualty holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Conifer offers specialty insurance coverage for both commercial and personal lines, marketing through independent agents in all 50 states. The Company is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol CNFR. Additional information is available on the Company's website at IR.CNFRH.com.

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