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  Esfandyar Dinshaw

President, Executive Committee Member, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Sammons Financial Group
Esfand Dinshaw is president of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., and serves on the Sammons Enterprises, Inc. Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Esfand also serves as chairman and chief executive officer for Sammons Financial Group... > More

 
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Esfandyar Dinshaw

President, Executive Committee Member, Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer, Sammons Financial Group

Esfand Dinshaw is president of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., and serves on the
Sammons Enterprises, Inc. Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Esfand also
serves as chairman and chief executive officer for Sammons Financial Group. He has
30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Esfand is past chairman of the board
for LL Global, parent organization of LIMRA and LOMA. He currently serves on the
ACLI Board of Directors, the insurance advocacy association. Esfand joined
Sammons Financial Group in 1999, he is a graduate of Drake University.

Mike Haley, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Sammons Financial Group   Mike Haley

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer,
Sammons Financial Group
Mike Haley is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Sammons Financial Group. Mike joined the company in 1983, and has progressed through a number of leadership positions and corporate roles in human resources... > More

 
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Mike Haley, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Office, Sammons Financial Group
   

Mike Haley

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer,
Sammons Financial Group

Mike Haley is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Sammons
Financial Group. Mike joined the company in 1983, and has progressed through a number
of leadership positions and corporate roles in human resources, operations,
compliance, strategic planning, corporate communications, and organization
development. Prior to joining the Sammons family of companies, Mike was a senior
human resource generalist with Washington National Insurance Company in Evanston,
Illinois. Mike is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. He is a member of the
Society for Human Resource Management, as well as the American Society for Training
and Development.

Brian D. Hansen, SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, Sammons Financial Group   Brian D. Hansen

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Sammons Financial Group
Brian Hansen is the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary with responsibility for the management and operation of the legal functions of the Sammons Financial Group affiliated companies. He has held... > More

 
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Brian D. Hansen, SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, Sammons Financial Group
   

Brian D. Hansen

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary,
Sammons Financial Group

Brian Hansen is the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary with
responsibility for the management and operation of the legal functions of the
Sammons Financial Group affiliated companies. He has held several prior
roles in the legal and compliance areas since joining the company in 2008,
and most recently served as vice president and chief compliance officer
of Sammons Financial Group. Prior to joining the company in 2008, he was
a partner in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block LLP. Brian obtained a J.D.
and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Iowa.

Bill Lowe, President, Sammons Retirement Solutions   Bill Lowe

President, Sammons Retirement Solutions
Bill Lowe is president of Sammons Retirement Solutions, a group that specializes in developing and distributing individual retirement products through broker/dealers. Bill joined Sammons in 2011 with more than... > More

 
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Bill Lowe, President, Sammons Retirement Solutions
   

Bill Lowe

President, Sammons Retirement Solutions

Bill Lowe is president of Sammons Retirement Solutions, a group that specializes in
developing and distributing individual retirement products through broker/dealers.
Bill joined Sammons in 2011 with more than 29 years of financial services experience.
He has served in a variety of leadership and executive roles in product distribution
and business line management and has a history of success in the distribution of
401(k) plans, variable annuities, fixed annuities, life insurance, mutual fund
products and managed accounts. He is a General Securities Principal, Investment
Advisory Representative, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant,
and Fellow of the Life Management Institute. Bill has completed the General Management
Program at the European Centre for Executive Development at INSEAD in Fontainebleau,
France. He is currently on the boards of the Insured Retirement Institute in
Washington, D.C., Freedom for Youth and the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa.

Don Lyons, SVP, Chief Financial Officer   Don Lyons

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Don Lyons is senior vice president and chief financial officer for Sammons Financial Group. He has been with the company since May, 2002. As CFO, Don has responsibility for the accounting, finance, internal audit, investment management, enterprise risk management, corporate development, and corporate actuarial functions... > More

 
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Don Lyons, SVP, Chief Financial Officer
   

Don Lyons

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Don Lyons is senior vice president and chief financial officer for Sammons Financial
Group. He has been with the company since May, 2002. As CFO, Don has responsibility
for the accounting, finance, internal audit, investment management, enterprise risk
management, corporate development, and corporate actuarial functions within SFG. Don
is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and Member of the American Academy of
Actuaries with 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, which includes
product development, financial planning, valuation, and asset liability management.
Prior to joining Sammons, Don spent time at ING, AmerUs, and Equitable of Iowa.

Ron Ottenbacher, CLU, FLMI, CHFC, President, Sammons Corporate Markets Group   Ron Ottenbacher

President, Sammons® Corporate Markets Group
With more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Ron Ottenbacher leads the Corporate Markets business unit of Midland National and North American life insurance companies. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter... > More

 
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Ron Ottenbacher, CLU, FLMI, CHFC, President, Sammons Corporate Markets Group
   

Ron Ottenbacher

President, Sammons® Corporate Markets Group

With more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Ron Ottenbacher leads the
Corporate Markets business unit of Midland National and North American life insurance
companies. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter, Fellow, Life Management Institute, and
a Chartered Financial Consultant. Ron joined Sammons in 2003, after serving as vice
president at Clarica Life Insurance Company. Prior to his position at Clarica, Ron
spent more than ten years with John Deere Insurance and AgCountry Financial Services
in marketing and sales. He holds an undergraduate degree in business, and graduate
degrees in law and business.

Steve Palmitier, CLU, LLIF, President & Chief Operating Officer, Midland National Life Insurance Company and North American Company for Life and Health Insurance   Steve Palmitier

President & Chief Operating Officer, Midland National® Life Insurance Company, North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®
Steve Palmitier is president and chief operating officer of Midland National and North American Company. Steve has more than 37 years experience in the insurance industry, with a wide background in sales, marketing, and operations... > More

 
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Steve Palmitier, CLU, LLIF, President & Chief Operating Officer, Midland National Life Insurance Company, North American Company for Life and Health Insurance
   

Steve Palmitier

President & Chief Operating Officer, Midland National® Life
Insurance Company, North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®

Steve Palmitier is president and chief operating officer of Midland National and
North American Company. Steve has more than 37 years experience in the insurance
industry, with a wide background in sales, marketing, and operations, serving at
several different financial services companies in a variety of roles such as agent,
field management, and as sales and marketing officer. Steve joined Midland National
in 1996 as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. He has been active in
the industry's research and marketing organization (LIMRA) as a board member and has
served on several of its committees.

Robert Tekolste, President of Shared Services, Sammons Financial Group   Rob Tekolste

President, Sammons Annuity Group
Rob Tekolste, CLU, LLIF, is president of Sammons Annuity Group, providing strategic direction for the annuity arm of Sammons Financial Group. Rob is ultimately responsible for annuity business results related to Midland National Life Insurance Company and North American Company for Life and Health Insurance... > More

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Robert Tekolste, President of Shared Services, Sammons Financial Group
   

Rob Tekolste

President, Sammons Annuity Group

Rob Tekolste, CLU, LLIF, is president of Sammons Annuity Group, providing strategic
direction for the annuity arm of Sammons Financial Group. Rob is ultimately responsible
for annuity business results related to Midland National Life Insurance Company and
North American Company for Life and Health Insurance. With more than 25 years of
experience in the insurance industry, he has a diverse background including sales,
marketing, and operations management, and has served in sales and marketing
management roles for industry-leading insurance companies. Rob previously served
as president of Sammons Financial Group's Shared Services division, and was
responsible for the agency, new business, underwriting, policy administration, claims, and
information technology business functions. Prior to that, he served at Sammons Annuity
Group, joining the division in 1999 as vice president of marketing, and was later promoted
to senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

 

Sammons® Financial Group is comprised of North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®, Midland National® Life Insurance Company, including its divisions, Sammons Annuity GroupSMsup> and Sammons® Corporate Markets Group, Sammons Retirement Solutions® Inc. and Sammons Financial Network® LLC, member FINRA.