Board of Directors

Emci Board

Stephen A. Crane , Chairman of the Board


Stephen A. Crane has over 30 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance business. He was CEO of AlphaStar Insurance Group Limited from 1999 to 2004. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Gryphon Holdings Inc. and G.L. Hodson & Son. Prior to those positions, he was the CFO of Corroon & Black Corporation and Orion Capital Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of First Security Benefit Life Insurance and Annuity Company of New York.

Peter S. Christie , Independent Consultant


Peter S. Christie is an independent consultant with more than forty years of experience in the insurance industry in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Since becoming an independent consultant in 1999, Mr. Christie has served as an independent director for a number of companies, including Securities and Exchange Commission registrants, and as Senior Advisor to the Bermuda Monetary Authority. He was Deputy Chairman at Aon Group, Inc. from 1997 to 1999. From 1968 to 1997, Mr. Christie was with Minet Group, an international insurance broker, where he became Chairman and CEO in 1992. Subsequent to the acquisition of Minet Group by St. Paul Companies in 1988, Mr. Christie also served as a member of the executive management group of St. Paul Companies until Minet Group was sold to Aon Group, Inc. in 1997.

Jonathan R. Fletcher


Jonathan R. Fletcher was managing director and portfolio manager of BTC Capital Management, Inc., an affiliate of Bankers Trust Company from 2006 to 2015, and previously served as a trust officer at Bankers Trust in its Wealth Management Division. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Fletcher was the executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party and before that was its controller. Mr. Fletcher is a member of the Boards of Directors of Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Inc., a trucking company, Ruan, Inc., and BTC Financial Corporation, a bank holding company.

Bruce G. Kelley , J.D., CPCU, CLU , President, Chief Executive Officer and Treasurer


Bruce G. Kelley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of EMC Insurance Group Inc. and Employers Mutual.

After law school, Mr. Kelley practiced law until being hired as EMC’s first in-house General Counsel in 1985. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1989, served as the President and Chief Operating Officer from 1991 to 1992, and has been the President and Chief Executive Officer since 1992. He was treasurer of Employers Mutual from 1996 until 2000, and EMC Insurance Group Inc. from 1996 until 2001, and has again held the treasurer position in both companies since 2014. He has been a Director of EMCI since 1991.

Mr. Kelley has the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and Chartered Life Underwriter designations. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and government from Dartmouth College and his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Iowa.

Gretchen H. Tegeler , Executive Director, Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa


Tegeler is currently the president of the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa since 2011, a non-profit organization dedicated to informed public policy and taxpayer advocacy. She also served as a director of EMC National Life Company from 2003 until her appointment to Group's board in 2007. Tegeler was an independent business and management consultant prior to assuming her position with the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa from 2009-2010 and American Cancer Society midwest division vice president from 2002-2008. From 1999-2002 Tegeler was employed by McLeod USA, a telecommunications firm, as director of business development and government relations. She was employed by the State of Iowa from 1983 until 1999, serving as Chief of Staff to Governor Terry E. Branstad and for eight years as director of the Iowa Department of Management, the State's budget, planning/policy development and executive management office.