People: United Fire Group Inc (UFCS.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jack Evans

68 2009 Independent Chairman of the Board

Randy Ramlo

54 2008 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Dawn Jaffray

47 2015 Chief Financial Officer

Michael Wilkins

51 2014 Chief Operating Officer, Vice President

Brian Frese

2015 Chief Technology Officer

Barrie Ernst

60 Chief Investment Officer, Vice President

Neal Scharmer

57 2006 Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Brian Berta

50 2006 Vice President, Great Lakes regional office

David Conner

56 2005 Vice President and Chief Claims Officer

Raymond Dudonis

58 2011 Vice President, East Coast regional office

Victoria Hefel

50 2014 Vice President, Personal Lines

David Hellen

62 1998 Vice President, Denver regional office

Joseph Johnson

62 2007 Vice President, Gulf Coast regional office

Alison Kaster

35 2014 Vice President, Project Management

Scott Minkel

52 2007 Vice President-Information Services

Dennis Richmann

50 2006 Vice President, Fidelity and Surety

Corey Ruehle

41 2013 Vice President, Midwest regional office

Allen Sorensen

56 2006 Vice President-Corporate Underwriting

Colleen Sova

59 2013 Vice President-Corporate Marketing

Timothy Spain

62 2006 Vice President-Human Resources

Edward Sullivan

58 2012 Vice President, West Coast regional office

Kevin Helbing

49 2015 Assistant Vice President, Controller

Janice Martin

53 2014 Treasurer and Director of Tax

Michael Sheeley

54 2011 Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Life Insurance Company

David Lange

57 1997 Corporate Secretary and Fidelity and Surety Claims Manager

John-Paul Besong

61 2013 Independent Director

Scott Carlton

46 2012 Independent Director

Christopher Drahozal

53 1997 Independent Director

Douglas Hultquist

59 2007 Independent Director

Casey Mahon

63 1993 Independent Director

George Milligan

58 1999 Independent Director

James Noyce

59 2009 Independent Director

Mary Quass

65 1998 Independent Director

Kyle Skogman

64 2000 Independent Director

Susan Voss

59 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Jack Evans

Mr. Jack B. Evans is Independent Chairman of the Board of United Fire Group Inc. He has served us as a director since 1995 and as Vice Chairman from 1997 to 2009. Mr. Evans has a very strong business background and currently holds the position of President of The Hall-Perrine Foundation, a private philanthropic corporation located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has held that position since 1996. From 1993 to 1995, he served as President of SCI Financial Group, a regional financial services firm located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa that provided brokerage, insurance and related services to its clients. Mr. Evans has extensive experience with public companies. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of 195 registered investment companies in the Nuveen Mutual Funds complex. He has served as a director of Alliant Energy Corporation of Madison, Wisconsin, a utility company that has a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act, and as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mr. Evans is also a former member of the Iowa Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s public university system.

Randy Ramlo

Mr. Randy A. Ramlo is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of United Fire Group Inc. Mr. Ramlo became our President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2007. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer (May 2006 – May 2007), as Executive Vice President (May 2004 – May 2007), and as Vice President, Fidelity and Surety (November 2001 – May 2004). Mr. Ramlo has been with the Company since 1984 and has a very strong knowledge of our business and the insurance industry. He holds numerous professional insurance designations, including Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter, Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding, Associate in Management and Associate in Risk Management. Mr. Ramlo is a long-time community leader and supporter, with service to many diverse organizations. He serves as a director of Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, an economic development organization, a member of the board of trustees of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, a member of The University of Northern Iowa School of Business Executive Advisory Board, a trustee on The Iowa College Foundation Board and a trustee of the Eastern Iowa Branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. He also serves on the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District board of the Cedar Rapids Downtown District.

Dawn Jaffray

Ms. Dawn M. Jaffray is Chief Financial Officer of the Company., effective May 20, 2015. Ms. Jaffray is a graduate of the University of Windsor School of Business (Finance/Accounting 1988) and is a CPA,CGA (chartered professional accountant, certified general accountant). Additionally, she is a certified investor relations officer (University of California - Irvine). Ms. Jaffray was most recently chief financial officer of Soleil Advisory Group, specializing in operational consulting, merger and acquisition, investments and strategy (2009-2015). Prior to her service with Soleil Advisory Group, Ms. Jaffray held numerous positions in insurance operations and mergers / acquisition activities, primarily in the role of principal financial officer. Ms. Jaffray's business experience has been focused in particular on insurance, finance and capital management.

Michael Wilkins

Mr. Michael T. Wilkins is Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of United Fire Group Inc., with effect from 22 May 2014. He became our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in May 2014. He served as our Executive Vice President, Corporate Administration, from May 2007 to May 2014. He was our Senior Vice President, Corporate Administration, from May 2004 until May 2007, our Vice President, Corporate Administration, from August 2002 until May 2004 and the resident Vice President in our Lincoln regional office from 1998 until 2002. Prior to 1998, Mr. Wilkins held various other positions within the Company since joining us in 1985.

Brian Frese

Mr. Brian Frese is Chief Technology Officer of United Fire Group, Inc. Frese brings more than 17 years of experience to UFG, including operational leadership and new technology implementation in the financial services industry. Frese was most recently chief technology officer at Transamerica Corporation, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During his time at Transamerica Corporation, he specialized in application development management, change agent implementation, and the delivery of IT capabilities to support company goals. Frese is a graduate of Iowa State University, and holds a bachelor-of-arts degree in psychology. Additionally, Computer Science Corporation honored him as a 2011 Life and Annuity Innovation Award Winner in Global Sourcing.

Barrie Ernst

Mr. Barrie W. Ernst is our Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. He joined us in August 2002. Previously, Mr. Ernst served as Senior Vice President of SCI Financial Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked from 1980 to 2002. SCI Financial Group was a regional financial services firm providing brokerage, insurance and related services to its clients.

Neal Scharmer

Mr. Neal R. Scharmer is our Vice President and General Counsel in May 2001 and Corporate Secretary in May 2006. He joined us in 1995.

Brian Berta

Mr. Brian S. Berta is Vice President of our Great Lakes region, a position he has held since May 2006. Mr. Berta previously worked as an underwriting manager in our Great Lakes region and has been employed by us since 1993.

David Conner

Mr. David E. Conner is our Vice President and Chief Claims Officer since January 2005. Mr. Conner has served in various capacities within the claims department, including claims manager and Assistant Vice President, since joining us in 1998.

Raymond Dudonis

Mr. Raymond E. Dudonis is Vice President of our East Coast regional office in August 2011. Mr. Dudonis had been a member of the Mercer Insurance Group's management team since December of 2006, serving as an Assistant Vice President of Underwriting in its Pennington, New Jersey office at the time of the acquisition in March of 2011. Mr. Dudonis has over 32 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Victoria Hefel

Ms. Victoria L. Hefel is Vice President, Personal Lines in May 2014. She joined us in January 2008. Ms. Hefel has over 22 years of experience in the insurance industry. From August 1995 until December 2007, she served as Personal Lines Manager for A W Welt Ambrisco Insurance in Iowa City, Iowa.

David Hellen

Mr. David L. Hellen is Vice President of our Denver regional office; a position he has held since 1988. We have employed Mr. Hellen since 1975.

Joseph Johnson

Mr. Joseph B. Johnson is Vice President of our Gulf Coast regional office in May 2007, after having served as branch manager since August 2006. Mr. Johnson has over 27 years of experience in the insurance industry. From August 2001 until August 2006, he served as Vice President of insurance operations for Beacon Insurance Group in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Alison Kaster

Ms. Alison B. Kaster is Vice President of Project Management in May 2014, after having served as Director of Project Management since September 2013. Ms. Kaster has over 12 years of experience in the insurance industry and joined us in 2006 after working for EMC Insurance Companies from 2001 until 2006.

Scott Minkel

Mr. Scott A. Minkel is our Vice President, Information Services, a position he has held since May 2007. Mr. Minkel previously served in various capacities within the information services department since joining us in 1984, including as Assistant Vice President, Director of Information Services and programming manager.

Dennis Richmann

Mr. Dennis J. Richmann is our Vice President, Fidelity and Surety, in May 2006. He has been employed by us in various capacities since joining us in August 1988, most recently as surety bond underwriting manager.

Corey Ruehle

Mr. Corey J. Ruehle is Vice President of our Midwest regional office in May 2013. He has served us in various capacities since joining us in February 2001, including Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President and Underwriting

Allen Sorensen

Mr. Allen R. Sorensen is our Vice President, Corporate Underwriting, in May 2006. Mr. Sorensen began his career with us in June 1981 and has served us in various capacities, including underwriting, product support and product automation.

Colleen Sova

Ms. Colleen R. Sova is our Vice President, Corporate Marketing, a position she has held since July 2013. Ms. Sova has previously served us in a variety of capacities since joining us in 1981, including as Vice President and Director of e-Solutions, Assistant Vice President and Director of e-Solutions, Director of Claims Administration, claims supervisor and claims adjuster.

Timothy Spain

Mr. Timothy G. Spain is Vice President, Human Resources, in July 2006. Mr. Spain began his employment with us in December 1994 as our training director.

Edward Sullivan

Mr. Edward E. Sullivan is Vice President of our West Coast regional office in February 2012. Mr. Sullivan has over 26 years of experience in the insurance industry, most recently serving as Personal Lines Sales Manager for The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., an insurance and financial services company, in its Rancho Cordova, California office.

Kevin Helbing

Mr. Kevin W. Helbing is Assistant Vice President, Controller of the Company., effective May 20, 2015. He is no longer serves as Interim Principal Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Helbing was appointed Assistant Vice President in May 2014 and has served as our Controller since joining us in February 2008. Mr. Helbing was previously employed by Marsh U.S.A. in Iowa City, Iowa, as Vice President, Treasury, from April 2007 until February 2008. From March 2001 until April 2007, Mr. Helbing was employed by Marsh Advantage America, first as an accounting manager and then as Assistant Vice President and Controller. Marsh U.S.A. and Marsh Advantage America design, manage and administer insurance and risk programs for businesses.

Janice Martin

Ms. Janice A. Martin is Treasurer in May 2008 and Director of Tax in 2014. Ms. Martin has served in various capacities since joining us in 1988, including as a tax accountant and as tax manager since January 2006.

Michael Sheeley

Mr. Michael J. Sheeley is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of our life insurance subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, in March 2011. Prior to assuming leadership of United Life Insurance Company, Mr. Sheeley served us as personal lines underwriting manager from 1991 to 2011. He has also served in various capacities including commercial underwriting and claims since joining us in 1985.

David Lange

Mr .David A. Lange is our Corporate Secretaries since 1997. He has been our surety claims manager since 1987. Mr. Lange began his employment with us in 1981, with an interruption in service from 1984 until 1987.

John-Paul Besong

Mr. John-Paul E. Besong is Independent Director of United Fire Group, Inc. He is Senior Vice President of e-Business and Chief Information Officer for Rockwell Collins, a Fortune 500 company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that provides aviation electronics for both commercial and military aircraft and that has a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act. He was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2003. Beginning in 1979, when he joined Rockwell Collins as a chemical engineer, Mr. Besong has held management roles having increasingly more responsibility within the company including, vice president of e-Business and Lean ElectronicsSM, head of the SAP initiative and Director of the Printed Circuits and Fabrication businesses. Mr. Besong is a strong community supporter and member of various industry and community boards. He serves on the boards of directors of Lean Aerospace Initiative (LAI), Junior Achievement (Cedar Rapids area), Mercy Medical Center, Iowa Public Television Foundation and Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) CIO Advisory Board; he serves as a member and former chair of the executive board of TAI.

Scott Carlton

Mr. Scott L. Carlton is Independent Director of United Fire Group Inc. Since 2007, he has held the position of President of SGL Carbon LLC, Charlotte, North Carolina, a subsidiary of SGL Carbon Group, Wiesbaden, Germany, a leading worldwide manufacturer of carbon-based products with 42 facilities worldwide, including 12 locations in North America. From 2002 until 2007, Mr. Carlton served as Vice President of Finance and Controlling for the largest business unit of SGL Carbon Group, and in that capacity was responsible for the controlling, finance and accounting functions. Since beginning his career with SGL Carbon Group in 1994, Mr. Carlton has worked in a variety of accounting and financial positions at various locations within and outside of the US.

Christopher Drahozal

Mr. Christopher R. Drahozal is Independent Director of United Fire Group Inc. He is an internationally known legal scholar. He is the John M. Rounds Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, Kansas, where he has taught since 1994. Since 2012, Mr. Drahozal has also served as special advisor to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government agency headquartered in Washington, D.C., on its statutorily-mandated study of arbitration clauses in consumer financial services contracts. Prior to teaching, Mr. Drahozal was in private law practice in Washington, D.C., and served as a law clerk for the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Drahozal is a first cousin by marriage to Mr. Carlton.

Douglas Hultquist

Mr. Douglas M. Hultquist is Independent Director of United Fire Group Inc. He is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of QCR Holdings, Inc., a multi-bank holding company he co-founded that is headquartered in Moline, Illinois, and that has a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act. He has served in those positions since 1993. From 1977 to 1993, Mr. Hultquist was a certified public accountant (and a partner from 1987 to 1993) with KPMG Peat Marwick and McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, national tax and accounting firms. As a certified public accountant, Mr. Hultquist provided services to and advised a wide range of businesses.Mr. Hultquist is an active, long-time community leader and supporter, being previously involved as a director and past Chairman of the PGA TOUR John Deere Classic golf tournament, a director of The Robert Young Center for Mental Health, a trustee and past Chairman of Augustana College. Mr. Hultquist is currently chair and a member of the Board of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the board of the Rock Island County Children’s Advocacy Center and participates in Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Casey Mahon

Ms. Casey D. Mahon is Independent Director of United Fire Group Inc. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, where she periodically taught business law from 1998 until 2009. She has a strong public company background, having served from 1986 to 1990 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Teleconnect Company and its successor, Telecom USA, both of which had classes of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act at the time she was employed by them. From 1993 until 1998, Ms. Mahon served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for McLeodUSA, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a company that, at the time, had a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act. McLeodUSA, Inc. provided integrated communications services to its customers.

George Milligan

Mr. George D. Milligan is Independent Director of United Fire Group Inc. He has a business background, with service since 1985 as President of The Graham Group, Inc., of Des Moines, Iowa. The Graham Group, Inc. consists of a real estate firm specializing in developing office buildings and a construction firm specializing in constructing hospital facilities. Since 2005, Mr. Milligan has also served as a director of West Bancorporation, Inc. of West Des Moines, Iowa, a bank holding company that has a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act. As a member of the West Bancorporation, Inc. board of directors, Mr. Milligan serves on their audit committee, loan committee, and nominating and governance committee. Mr. Milligan previously served as director of Allied Life Insurance Company, which had a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act at the time of his service. Mr. Milligan is a long-time community leader and supporter, being active with the Boy Scouts of America, the Dowling Foundation, Mercy Hospital Foundation and Simpson College.

James Noyce

Mr. James W. Noyce is Independent Director of United Fire Group Inc. Before retiring, Mr. Noyce had nearly three decades of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as Chief Executive Officer and director of FBL Financial Group, Inc. (“FBL”), an insurance holding company headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. While at FBL, Mr. Noyce served as Chief Executive Officer and director from January 2007 until May 2009, Chief Financial Officer from January 1996 until January 2007 and Chief Administrative Officer from July 2002 until January 2007. From January 2000 to July 2002 he was Executive Vice President and General Manager of the property-casualty companies managed by FBL. Mr. Noyce began his employment with FBL and its affiliates in 1985. From August 2009 until November 2010, Mr. Noyce served as the Senior Advisor and Major Gifts Officer for the Athletics Department of Drake University, a private university in Des Moines, Iowa.Mr. Noyce has held or still holds numerous professional certifications and designations including certified public accountant; Fellow, Casualty Actuarial Society; Associate, Society of Actuaries; Fellow, Life Management Institute; and Member, American Academy of Actuaries. He was named Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry by the Iowa Society of CPAs and was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Business and Industry Hall of Fame in 2007.Since August 2009, Mr. Noyce has been a director of West Bancorporation, Inc., West Des Moines, Iowa, a bank holding company that has a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act. Mr. Noyce serves as the audit committee chair of West Bancorporation, Inc. He also serves or has served on several community boards, including the United Way of Central Iowa, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Grandview University, Special Olympics Iowa, and the Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Mary Quass

Ms. Mary K. Quass is Independent Director of United Fire Group Inc. She is President and Chief Executive Officer of NRG Media, LLC, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a position that she has held since 2005. NRG Media, LLC is a broadcast group consisting of 42 analog radio stations and 20 digital streaming radio stations in the Midwest. Ms. Quass previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of New Radio Group, LLC, from 2002 to 2005. She also served as President and CEO of Central Star, a division of Capstar Broadcasting Partners, Inc. from 1998 through the merger of Capstar Broadcasting Partners, Inc. in 2001 into AMFM. She purchased her first radio stations in 1988, with the formation of QBC. Ms. Quass has a strong business background and has been a long time community leader and supporter. She serves on the board of directors for Van Meter Inc., a distributer of electrical and mechanical supplies, services and solutions in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Cedar Rapids, Iowa region of U.S. Bank. Ms. Quass’ service extends to community boards as Chair for Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Past Chair of the Entrepreneurial Development Center, a public/private sponsored business accelerator in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Trustee of United Way East Central Iowa; and past Chair of the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Quass is involved in professional organizations including service on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau Executive Committee, and as Treasurer of the QMac IBA Foundation and past Chair of the Iowa Broadcasters Association. Ms. Quass has been recognized by the broadcast industry. Radio Ink Magazine named her Broadcaster of the Year for 1999, and one of the 40 Most Powerful Broadcasters for 2005 through 2010. She has been inducted into the Iowa Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the Rivers Humanitarian Award.

Kyle Skogman

Mr. Kyle D. Skogman is Independent Director of United Fire Group Inc. Since 1990, he has served as served as President of Skogman Construction Co. of Iowa, a company that specializes in residential construction and real estate sales, primarily in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Skogman Homes has built over 6,200 homes since Mr. Skogman became President and was recognized as the 168th largest builder in the country for 2013. With over 220 agents, Skogman Realty is recognized as the 68th largest independent real estate company in the country. Mr. Skogman also owns an interest in a property-casualty insurance agency. He was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Area Homebuilders Association Hall of Fame.

Susan Voss

Ms. Susan E. Voss has been appointed as Independent Director of United Fire Group, Inc., effective February 21, 2014. Ms. Voss is Vice President and General Counsel for American Enterprise Group, Inc. as its Vice President and General Counsel in November 2013. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, American Enterprise Group provides personal and customized health and life insurance solutions for individuals, families and small business owners. Prior to joining American Enterprise Group, Inc., Ms. Voss had her own consulting firm, Voss Consulting, LLC, which provided consulting and expert witness services in the areas of insurance and financial product regulation and compliance issues. Before Voss Consulting, Ms. Voss worked in Iowa state government for 31 years, the last 20 of which were spent with the Iowa Insurance Division. In 2005 she was appointed by then-Governor Tom Vilsack to serve as Iowa Insurance Commissioner, a position she held until 2013. Ms. Voss was elected by her peers as an officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) in 2007 and served as its President in 2011.
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