Sammons Financial Group Underwriter, Rick Gordon, Inducted into AHOU Hall of Fame

Chicago, IL | April 12, 2017

Rick Gordon, vice president of corporate underwriting for Sammons Financial Group Member Companies, was inducted into the Association of Home Office Underwriters (AHOU) Hall of Fame in a ceremony in San Diego on April 3.

The AHOU Hall of Fame currently holds 18 members, with Rick Gordon and two other inductees being named this year. Hall of Fame inductees are nominated by colleagues and judged by qualifications that include over 10 years of experience, demonstration of industry leadership, volunteer work, and other achievements in the field.

"During his career, Rick has held a particular passion for developing mentoring relationships," said Cheryl Johns, past AHOU president and current executive council member, at the induction ceremony. "These relationships have been...particularly helpful in building much greater understanding of patterns and behaviors of anti-selection and fraud within the industry," Johns remarked.

Gordon, who was on the forefront of developing fraud mitigation tactics used widely in the life insurance industry today, has been credited with saving the industry hundreds of millions in potential fraud schemes.

"I'm so appreciative of this incredible honor," said Gordon. "What began as a humble job as a life insurance agent and then an underwriter has grown into an incredibly fulfilling career. It's very rewarding to have that career recognized by my peers in this way."

"We couldn't be prouder of Rick," said Steve Palmitier, president and chief operating officer of Sammons Financial Group's life insurance division, including Midland National® Life Insurance Company and North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®. "He has contributed so much not only to our organization, but to the industry as a whole. We're honored to have an underwriting professional of his caliber on board."



Sammons® Financial Group, Inc. (SFG), a Sammons Enterprises, Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary, is the parent of a group of member companies under the Insurance Holding Company Act made up of several successful financial services companies offering a variety of financial and retirement products through multiple distribution channels. These consist of retirement products, annuities, and life insurance (including bank, corporate, and credit union-owned life insurance). The member companies of SFG include North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®, Midland National® Life Insurance Company, and Sammons Retirement Solutions® Inc., and Sammons Financial Network® LLC. For more information, please visit


The Association of Home Office Underwriters (AHOU) is a group of professionals associated with risk selection in the life, health and living benefits insurance industries. The AHOU exists to promote knowledge of mortality, morbidity and risk management through networking and educational opportunities. For more information about AHOU visit