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

Mike Morrone
Mike MorroneChair – 12/2023
VP, Annuities Business Development
Nationwide
Kevin Mechtley
Kevin MechtleyVice Chair – 12/2024
VP-Business Development and Chief Innovation Officer
North American Company
David Wolfe
David WolfeSecretary – 12/2025
General Counsel
Advisors Excel
Andrew Payne
Andrew PayneTreasurer – 12/2026
Vice President & General Counsel
CreativeOne
Heather Kane
Heather KaneImmediate Past Chair – 12/2022
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
EquiTrust Life Insurance Company

Board Members

Dan Acker
Dan AckerMember – 12/2024
President & CMO
SILAC Insurance Company
Jeff Barnes
Jeff BarnesMember – 12/2025
Regional Vice President
EquiTrust Life Insurance Company
Jay Brown
Jay BrownMember – 12/2023
Vice President of Relationship Management
Delaware Life Marketing
Emily Cramer
Emily CramerMember – 12/2025
Vice President of Business Development
Simplicty Group
Tad Fifer
Tad Fifer Member – 12/2025
Head of Annuity & RIA Sales
Lincoln Financial Group
Wes Gilbreath
Wes GilbreathMember – 12/2023
Chief Financial Officer
Annexus Group
Jason Gould
Jason GouldMember – 12/2025
Of Counsel
Carlton Fields
Maureen James
Maureen JamesMember – 12/2023
Co-owner/Prinicpal
Summit Compliance Group
Matt Johnson
Matt JohnsonMember – 12/2025
Production & Distribution Strategist – Marketing
American Equity
Brendon Kelly
Brendon KellyMember – 12/2024
Vice President – Retirement
Ash Brokerage
Paul Kruth
Paul KruthMember – 12/2023
Vice President and National Sales Manager
W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc.
Ryan Lex
Ryan LexMember – 12/2025
Executive Vice President, Chief Distribution Officer
Ibexis Life and Annuity Insurance Company
Luke Loewen
Luke LoewenMember – 12/2025
President
Gradient Annuity Brokerage
Darcy Matz
Darcy MatzMember – 12/2024
Senior Director Projects & Strategic Planning FMO Distribution
Allianz
Brian Peterson
Brian PetersonMember – 12/2023
President & CEO
TruChoice Financial Group
Janet Sipes
Janet SipesMember – 12/2023
Senior Vice President
AmeriLife
Tiya Stanley
Tiya StanleyMember – 12/2024
VP of National Accounts
F&G Life and Annuities
Eric Taylor
Eric TaylorMember – 12/2023
SVP, Distribution – Independent Annuities
Corebridge Financial
Mike Tripses
Mike TripsesMember – 12/2023
Owner
Annua Profectus
Mark Williams
Mark WilliamsMember – 12/2023
President/CEO
Brokers International
Igor Zamkovsky
Igor ZamkovskyMember – 12/2025
Head of Indexed Annuities and Insurance
BlackRock