People: United Fire Group Inc (UFCS.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jack Evans

65 2009 Independent Chairman of the Board

Randy Ramlo

52 2008 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

John Rife

71 2009 Independent Vice Chairman of the Board

Dianne Lyons

49 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Michael Wilkins

49 2014 Chief Operating Officer, Vice President

Barrie Ernst

59 Chief Investment Officer, Vice President

Neal Scharmer

57 2006 Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

David Conner

55 2005 Vice President and Chief Claims Officer

Michael Sheeley

53 2011 Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Life Insurance Company

John-Paul Besong

60 2013 Independent Director

Scott Carlton

45 2012 Independent Director

Christopher Drahozal

52 1997 Independent Director

Douglas Hultquist

58 2007 Independent Director

Casey Mahon

62 1993 Independent Director

George Milligan

57 1999 Independent Director

James Noyce

57 2009 Independent Director

Michael Phillips

45 2012 Independent Director

Mary Quass

64 1998 Independent Director

Kyle Skogman

63 2000 Independent Director

Susan Voss

58 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 as a director since 1995 and as Vice Chairman from 1997 to 2009. Mr. Evans has a 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 that provided brokerage, insurance and related services to its clients. Mr. Evans has experience with public companies. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of 217 registered investment companies in the Nuveen 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 currently a member of the Iowa Board of Regents.

Randy Ramlo

Mr. Randy A. Ramlo is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of United Fire Group Inc. Mr. Ramlo has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 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 since 1984. 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 of Trustees 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.

John Rife

Mr. John A. Rife is Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of United Fire Group Inc. He served as President from 1997 until 2007 and as CEO from 2000 until 2007. He also served as President of life insurance subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company (“United Life”), from 1984 until his retirement in June 2009. Mr. Rife holds the Chartered Life Underwriter professional insurance designation. Mr. Rife was elected Vice Chairman of Board of Directors in 2009. Mr. Rife is an active member of the community. He serves as a Director, President and Treasurer of The McIntyre Foundation, a private charitable corporation and as Vice President and Treasurer of the 2001 Development Corporation, which engages in economic development projects in the downtown area of Cedar Rapids. Mr. Rife also serves on the board of trustees of the United Way of East Central Iowa and Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids and as a director of the Mount Vernon Community Schools Foundation and the Community Resiliency Project, Inc. Mr. Rife is a past board member of QCR Holdings, Inc., a multi-bank holding company headquartered in Moline, Illinois, that has a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act. While he was a board member of QCR Holdings, Inc., Mr. Rife served on the executive committee. He also served as a board member of Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, a subsidiary of QCR holdings, Inc., and as chairman of the loan committee of the board. Mr. Rife is a past board member of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, an economic development organization.

Dianne Lyons

Ms. Dianne M. Lyons has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of United Fire Group Inc., effective 21 May 2014. Ms. Lyons has been employed by the company in the accounting department since 1983.

Michael Wilkins

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

Barrie Ernst

Mr. Barrie W. Ernst is Chief Investment Officer, Vice President of United Fire Group Inc. Previously, Mr. Ernst served as Senior Vice President of SCI Financial Group, 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 Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of United Fire Group Inc. He joined the company in 1995.

David Conner

Mr. David E. Conner is Vice President and Chief Claims Officer of United Fire Group Inc. Mr. Conner has served in various capacities within claims department, including claims manager and Assistant Vice President, since joining the company in 1998. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Conner had more than 16 years of claims experience in the insurance industry.

Michael Sheeley

Mr. Michael J. Sheeley is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of United Fire Group Inc. Since joining the company in 1985, Mr. Sheeley has served the company in several capacities including as Commercial Underwriting Manager, Claims Supervisor and Commercial Underwriter.

John-Paul Besong

Mr. John-Paul E. Besong is Independent Director of United Fire Group, Inc. He is Senior Vice President of e-Business for Rockwell Collins. He was appointed Senior Vice President and CIO 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 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, with 46 production facilities worldwide, including 12 in North America. From 2002 until 2007, Mr. Carlton served as Vice President of Finance and Controlling for the 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. Mr. Carlton holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting and finance and completed the Senior Executive Education Program at London Business School.

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.

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 Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“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 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, a director of TPC at Deere Run and Finance Chairman of the William Butterworth Memorial Trust. Mr. Hultquist is also chair of the finance committee 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 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, 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 Gifts Officer for the Athletics Department of Drake University, a private university in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Noyce holds or has held 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 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.

Michael Phillips

Mr. Michael W. Phillips is Independent Director of United Fire Group Inc. He is the founder and President of Investors' Actuarial Services, LLC, a consulting firm based in Timonium, Maryland that provides actuarial services to institutional investors. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Notre Dame of Maryland University and Towson University, both in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level finance classes. Mr. Phillips has insurance industry experience, having served from 2005 to 2010 as Vice President and sell-side equity research analyst covering small- and mid-cap insurers (including United Fire Group, Inc.) in the Baltimore, Maryland office of Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., a full-service regional brokerage and investment banking firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Phillips is an actuary and an associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society. He spent more than ten years as a reserving actuary for insurance companies including Zurich Insurance Group, the Travelers Insurance Corporation and GMAC Reinsurance Corporation, among others. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Phillips served as a consulting actuary in the Philadelphia office of Milliman, Inc., a preeminent international actuarial consulting firm.

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 2002-2005. 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 business background and has been a long time community leader and supporter. She serves on the board of directors for Involta, a provider of data center services in Cedar Rapids; Van Meter Inc., a distributer of electrical and mechanical supplies, services and solutions in Cedar Rapids; and the Cedar Rapids region of US Bank. Ms. Quass' service extends to community boards as Chair Elect for Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids; Past Chair of the Entrepreneurial Development Center, a public/private sponsored business accelerator in Cedar Rapids; 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 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 President of Skogman Construction Co. of Iowa, a company that specializes in residential construction and real estate sales, primarily in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 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. Mr. Skogman is a long-time active community leader and supporter, with service to many diverse organizations including as director and Chairman of the Board of Mercy Medical Center and as a director on the Board of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. Mr. Skogman is a past director of the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chair of Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, an economic development organization.

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. in Des Moines, Iowa. Prior to joining American Enterprise Group, Ms. Voss had a 31 year career in Iowa State government including 20 years with the Iowa Insurance division. She served as Iowa Insurance Commissioner from 2005 to 2013.
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