NAFA Board of Directors

Each year, the nomination process is open to the NAFA membership at large for new board of director candidates. Nominations are received and candidates are thoroughly vetted by the current board. The general membership of NAFA then approves or disapproves recommendations at the association’s annual meeting held during its annual Annuity Distribution Summit.

Executive Operating Committee

Lauri Beck
Lauri BeckChair – 12/2021
President, COO
Insurance Network America
Heather Kane
Heather KaneVice Chair – 12/2022
Assistant Vice President, Sales
EquiTrust Life Insurance Company
Mike Morrone
Mike MorroneSecretary – 12/2023
VP, Annuities Business Development
Kevin Mechtley
Kevin MechtleyTreasurer – 12/2024
VP, Legal & Director of Government Affairs
North American Company
Chris Conroy
Chris ConroyPast Chair – 12/2020
Executive Vice President & Principal
Insurance Agency Marketing Services, Inc.

Board Members

Jay Brown
Jay BrownMember – 12/2023
Vice President of Relationship Management
Delaware Life Marketing
Bruce Donaldson
Bruce Donaldson Member – 12/2022
Simplicity Group
Tad Fifer
Tad Fifer Member – 12/2022
Head of Annuity & RIA Sales
Lincoln Financial Group
Wes Gilbreath
Wes GilbreathMember – 12/2023
Chief Financial Officer
Annexus Group
Maureen James
Maureen JamesMember – 12/2023
Summit Compliance Group
Jason Krohnke
Jason Krohnke Member – 12/2022
Vice President – National Sales
American Equity
Paul Kruth
Paul KruthMember – 12/2023
Vice President and National Sales Manager
W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc.
Ryan Lex
Ryan LexMember – 12/2022
Senior Vice President- Division Sales Manager-IMO Channel
Nate Lucius
Nate LuciusMember – 12/2022
Gradient Financial Group, LLC
Tim Minard
Tim MinardMember – 12/2021
SVP & Chief Distribution Officer
Great American Insurance Group
Andrew Payne
Andrew PayneMember – 12/2021
Vice President & General Counsel
Brian Peterson
Brian PetersonMember – 12/2023
President & CEO
TruChoice Financial Group
Craig Rudesill
Craig RudesillMember – 12/2021
AVP, Annuities Marketing
David Schliesman
David SchliesmanMember – 12/2021
SVP, District Director
Allianz Life Insurance Company
Janet Sipes
Janet SipesMember – 12/2023
Senior Vice President
Matt Tarkenton
Matt TarkentonMember – 12/2022
Executive Vice President
Tarkenton Financial, LLC
Eric Taylor
Eric TaylorMember – 12/2023
SVP, Distribution – Independent Annuities
Tamiko Toland
Tamiko TolandMember – 12/2023
Director, Retirement Markets
CANNEX Financial Exchanges Ltd.
Mike Tripses
Mike TripsesMember – 12/2023
Annua Profectus
Mark Williams
Mark WilliamsMember – 12/2023
Brokers International
David Wolfe
David WolfeMember – 12/2021
General Counsel
Advisors Excel