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Our Leadership Team

Eric Holoman
President and Chief Executive Officer

Eric is the Operating Partner of Magic Johnson Enterprises and oversees the company's day-to-day operations of its largest portfolio companies including President and CEO of EquiTrust, Managing Partner of JLC Infrastructure and Managing Director of the award-winning television network, ASPIRE. Prior to joining MJE, Mr. Holoman held leadership positions in private banking with Bank of America and Wells Fargo. In June 2017 Eric retired from the Banc Of California (Banc) board where he served on the Compensation, Executive and Governance committees. He has been active in public service, having served on the Board of the LA City Employees' Retirement System including two terms as President. More recently, Mr. Holoman served as VP of the Board of the LA DWP. Mr. Holoman has a BS in Finance from the USC and is a member of the Board of the Marshall School of Business. Recently Mr. Holoman Joined the Board of Directors of Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Paul Miller
Chief Operating Officer

Paul is the Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary of EquiTrust and oversees the day-to-day business operations, including legal affairs, compliance and regulatory matters. Mr. Miller joined EquiTrust in 2015. Prior to joining EquiTrust, Paul served as Special Deputy Receiver to the Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the Special Deputy Receiver. Prior to his appointment as Special Deputy, his career spanned private corporate practice and government. Mr. Miller graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law where he serves on the Alumni Board of Directors, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Miller is a Board Member of the Anti-Defamation Leagues’ Upper Midwest Division, serves as Chair of his home town Business and Economic Development Commission and is an Illinois Commissioner to the Uniform Law Commission.

Kenyatta K. Matheny
Chief Investment Officer

Kenn is the Chief Investment Officer of EquiTrust and oversees the investment portfolio. Mr. Matheny joined EquiTrust in 2016. Kenn previously served as the Senior Investment Officer at the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois (TRS). Prior to TRS, Mr. Matheny was a Senior Vice President at Associated Banc-Corp. Early in his career, he received leveraged finance and capital markets training at Heller Financial/GE Capital and also worked for Franklin Street Equity Partners. Kenn has also been active in public service, having previously served on the Board of the Sue Duncan Foundation and the YMCA. He received a B.S. in Public Finance and Economics from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business where he was awarded the Robert A. Toigo Fellowship.

Michael Gleeson
Chief Accounting Officer and Controller

Mike is the Chief Accounting Officer and Controller of EquiTrust and oversees the Financial Reporting, Treasury, Investment Accounting and Tax operations. Mr. Gleeson joined EquiTrust in 2015. Prior to joining EquiTrust, Mike was the Chief Financial Officer for the Office of the Special Deputy Receiver in Illinois. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and Master of Science from DePaul University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.

Joseph Norton
Chief Actuary

Joseph is the Chief Actuary of EquiTrust where he oversees and directs product development and management. Mr. Norton joined EquiTrust in 2017. Joseph has 17 years of industry experience in building life and annuity business through pricing, modeling, valuation, and risk management. Mr. Norton earned a BS in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and Management Information Systems. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Rosemary Parson
Senior Vice President of Policy Administration and Community Relations

Rosemary is the Senior Vice President of Policy Administration and Community Relations and oversees the EquiTrust day-to-day administrative operations. Ms. Parson joined the company in 2003. She received the 2011 Business Record Women of Influence award and continues to oversee community-relations initiatives. Prior to joining EquiTrust, Rosemary held executive positions with CNO Financial Group (formerly Conseco, Inc.). She studied at Ball State University and is a Fellow, Life Management Institute. Ms. Parson serves on the state of Iowa’s Technical and Commercialization (innovation) Committee. She serves on several boards, including Children and Families of Iowa, The Des Moines Community Foundation, Pyramid Theatre and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. Ms. Parson actively mentors young-adult students in the areas of financial literacy, banking, education and character.

Ana Bumgardner
Vice President of Product Management

Ana is the Vice President of Product Management and is responsible for the product development, pricing and profitability management for both annuities and life insurance. Ms. Bumgardner joined EquiTrust in 2003 and has been instrumental in the development of each EquiTrust annuity and life product. Ana entered the insurance industry in 1994 after graduating from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science. Prior to joining EquiTrust, she served for 10 years in the actuarial-product area at ING. Ana is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Ms. Bumgardner also serves as President of the community board for the Iowa chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She leads the EquiTrust Cares Committee, which organizes activities to support the community, such as Habitat for Humanity, Children and Families of Iowa, and Meals for the Heartland.

Jeanne Taylor
Vice President of Sales

Jeanne is the Vice President of Sales and oversees the growth, management and analysis of the EquiTrust distribution. She also oversees marketing communications and advertising. Ms. Taylor joined EquiTrust in 2003. Prior to joining EquiTrust, Jeanne was the Marketing Coordinator for GE Financial serving a 9-state region. Jeanne also held positions and was an agent with Guardian and AXA. Ms. Taylor graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Education. Among her community commitments, Jeanne served 3 elected terms on the West Des Moines Community School Board, serving her last year as President. She holds insurance licenses in three states and served on the National Association for Fixed Annuities (NAFA) Board of Directors.

Carol Woodruff
Vice President of Information Technology

Carol is the Vice President of Information Technology and oversees the Company's information technology operations. Ms. Woodruff joined EquiTrust in 2003. Prior to joining EquiTrust, she held various positions in information technology and project management at FBL Financial Group, Inc. Carol is active in reading mentoring programs through the United Way of Central Iowa as well serving in a variety of other volunteer capacities. Carol earned a BA from Luther College and an MBA from Iowa State University. She is also a Fellow, Life Management Institute.

Katie Banks
Vice President of Human Resources

Katie is the Vice President of Human Resources and leads the human resources and talent acquisition strategy for the Company. Ms. Banks joined EquiTrust in 2015. Prior to joining EquiTrust, Katie was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Institutional Capital LLC. Previously, Katie was a Regional Human Resources Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Katie earned a Masters of Business Administration from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and undergraduate degree from Florida State University. Katie co-founded the HR Financial Services Consortium in Chicago. She is a member of the Chicago Society for Human Resources Management where she serves as a committee member on the Orientation Committee and the Education Committee.