Board of Directors

Henry Wade Reece, Chairman
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Mr. H. Wade Reece has been a Director of the Company since May 2016. He retired in 2015 after a 37 year career with BB&T Corporation (“BB&T”) where he served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. and BB&T Insurance Holdings, Inc., the sixth largest insurance broker globally. Until his retirement in 2015, Mr. Reece served as Vice Chairman of the Foundation of Agency Management Excellence (“FAME”) Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee of The Institutes (American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters and Insurance Institute of America). Mr. Reece was also a past Chairman of the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Institutes.

Mark Stephen Casady
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Mr. Casady has been a Director of the Company since May 2019. Mr. Casady was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LPL Financial Holdings, Inc. (“LPL Financial”), an independent broker dealer, until his retirement in 2017. He joined LPL Financial as Chief Operating Officer in 2002, became President in 2003 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at the end of 2005. Before joining LPL Financial, Mr. Casady was managing director of the mutual fund group for Deutsche Asset Management, Americas - formerly Scudder Investments, which he joined in 1994. In 2016, he co-founded Vestigo Ventures, a venture capital firm, which focuses on financing FinTech start-ups. He is General Partner and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Vestigo Ventures. Mr. Casady currently serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Eze Software Group and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Board of Governors. Mr. Casady also served as the former Chairman of the Insured Retirement Institute.

Daniel A. Domenech
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Dr. Domenech has been a Director of the Company since May 2015. Dr. Domenech has served as the Executive Director of American Association of School Administrators since July 2008. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Communities in Schools of Virginia and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center and is a member of the Board of Directors of Learning First Alliance, America’s Promise, the Center for Naval Analyses, ACT and Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Dr. Domenech is also a past President of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education, and was the first President and cofounder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education. In addition, he has served on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment Governing Board, on the Advisory Board for the Department of Defense schools, on the Board of Overseers for the Baldrige Award and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Domenech has more than 40 years of experience in public education.

Perry G. Hines
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Mr. Hines has been a Director of the Company since May 2018. Mr. Hines is a retired corporate marketing executive and is the principal and owner of The Hines Group, LLC, a firm he formed in 2006 specializing in marketing, communications and strategic planning. He has over 27 years of cross-sector experience in general management, brand, communications and marketing. Mr. Hines previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Irwin Mortgage Corporation, a position he held from 2002 to 2007, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Lincoln Reinsurance Corporation from 1998 to 2002 and Vice President of Marketing & Communications of Safeco from 1995 to 1998. He has held management roles and stewarded well-known household brands. In addition to his consulting practice, he currently serves as the Director of Advancement for Covenant Christian High School.

Mark Edward Konen
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Mr. Konen has been a Director of the Company since May 2019. Mr. Konen retired from Lincoln Financial Group, a financial services company, in February 2017 as President of the Insurance and Retirement Solutions division, a position he had held since 2008. He was responsible for all aspects of strategic leadership, product development, and client services as well as profitability management of the individual life insurance, group protection and retirement plan services businesses. He oversaw Lincoln Financial Group’s individual life and annuity business as President, Individual Markets, from 2006 to 2008. Prior to its merger with Lincoln Financial Group in 2006, he served in various senior management positions with Jefferson Pilot Financial. Mr. Konen is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Life & Annuity Company of New York.

Beverley J. McClure
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Ms. McClure has been a Director of the Company since May 2013. She retired in 2007 after a 35 year career with United Services Automobile Association (“USAA”), as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Operations. She is owner of Fresh Perspectives LLC, a firm she founded in 2007 which specializes in executive coaching and small business consulting. Ms. McClure previously served as Senior Advisor of Endeavor Management, a consulting firm specializing in service culture creation, leadership coaching, business transformation, operational execution, and customer experience management, a position she held from 2010 to 2013. Since retiring in 2014, Ms. McClure channels her experience and passion into for-profit and non-profit Boards. She holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Fellow, Life Management Institute designations and is a certified executive coach through the International Coach Federation.

Robert Stricker
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Mr. Stricker has been a Director of the Company since December 2009. He retired from Shenkman Capital Management, Inc. in March 2009 as Senior Vice President and Principal. Prior to joining Shenkman, he served as Managing Director, Head of U.S. Fixed Income, Citigroup Asset Management at Citigroup, Inc. from 1994 to 2001. Mr. Stricker has over 35 years experience in the financial services industry. He currently serves on the OPEB Trust Board of the town of Greenwich, Connecticut and the Jewish Community Endowment Foundation Investment Committee in Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. Stricker holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Steven O. Swyers
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Mr. Swyers has been a Director of the Company since May 2014. He retired in 2013 after a 40 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). During this time with PwC, he served as the lead engagement partner on many national and international companies, including those in the financial services industry. He has also held various leadership positions at PwC including leader of the Central Region’s consumer and industrial products business segment, and managing partner of their St. Louis practice. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Mercy Health East Communities and is Chairman of the Board of Webster University.

Marita Zuraitis
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Marita Zuraitis is Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horace Mann Educators Corporation. She joined Horace Mann as President and Chief Executive officer–elect in May 2013 and assumed her present role in September of that year. Prior to joining Horace Mann, she was President of the property and casualty insurance companies of The Hanover Insurance Group with responsibilities for both personal and commercial lines representing $3 billion in annual premium. She was also a member of Hanover’s Executive Leadership team. Prior to joining The Hanover in 2004, she served in senior management positions at The St. Paul/ Travelers Companies, USF&G and Aetna Life and Casualty.

Zuraitis is a proven leader in the property and casualty industry, and her 30-year career includes leadership positions in both home office and field environments. The breadth of her experience provides her with a unique understanding of the industry, which has enabled her to bring exceptional knowledge and insight to the organizations she has supported. She has a strong connection to Horace Mann’s educator niche through several family members who are teachers.

Zuraitis holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and has completed the Advanced Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute for Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (The Institutes), and is a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Financial Group. She is a past board member of the Worcester Academy, a private secondary school in Worcester, Ma.