Corporate Officers

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

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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.

Scott R. Jean , FCAS, MAAA , Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategy

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Scott R. Jean is the Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategy of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Jean started with EMC in 1993 and has served in various positions during his employment, including Supervising Actuary, Vice President of Actuary and Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary, among others. In 2015, Mr. Jean was promoted to Executive Vice President for Finance and Analytics, overseeing Accounting, Actuary, Corporate Risk Management, Strategic Analytics and Investments. In 2018, he was appointed Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategy, where he assumed additional responsibility for Information Technology, Program Management Office, and corporate budgeting and strategic planning.

Mr. Jean is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Iowa State University.

Mick A. Lovell , CPCU , Executive Vice President of Operations

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Mick A. Lovell is the Executive Vice President of Operations of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Lovell joined EMC in 2003 as the first Director of Product Management. In 2011, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Development responsible for underwriting, marketing and business process as well as premium audit and specialty lines. In 2015, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and oversaw strategic and operational planning, corporate budgeting and had departmental oversight for Corporate Communications, Human Resources, Information Technology and Program Management Office. In 2018, he was appointed Executive Vice President of Operations where he oversees company operations and continues oversight of Corporate Communications and operational planning. Prior to joining EMC, Mr. Lovell was in underwriting, underwriting management and home office operations for Nationwide Insurance.

Mr. Lovell has the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in management information systems from Morningside College.

Dan D. Aksamit , CPCU, ARe, ARM, AU , Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer

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Dan D. Aksamit is the Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Aksamit joined EMC in 2004 and has served in various positions during his employment, including Underwriting Consultant, Catastrophe Management Consultant and Exposure and Modeling Manager. He was promoted to Vice President and Corporate Risk Manager in 2017, and to Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer in 2018. Prior to joining EMC, he held underwriting positions for various insurance companies.

Mr. Aksamit has the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Associate in Reinsurance, Associate in Risk Management and Associate in Underwriting designations. He graduated from Simpson College with a bachelor’s degree in management.

Ian C. Asplund , M.S., FCAS, MAAA, CERA , Senior Vice President and Chief Analytics Officer

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Ian C. Asplund is the Senior Vice President and Chief Analytics Officer of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Asplund has served in various positions during his employment since joining EMC in 2003, including Associate Actuary, Modeling Actuary, Principal Actuary-Modeling, and Vice President and Chief Actuary, among others. Mr. Asplund was promoted to Senior Vice President of Strategic Analytics in 2016, and assumed the title of Chief Analytics Officer in 2018.

Mr. Asplund has the Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst designation, is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Luther College, and his master’s degree in statistics from Iowa State University.

Bradley J. Fredericks , M.B.A., FLMI , Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

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Bradley J. Fredericks is the Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Fredericks joined EMC in 2010 as Portfolio Manager and was promoted to Vice President and Chief Investment Officer in 2014, responsible for overseeing Investments. Mr. Fredericks was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2017. Prior to joining EMC, he was a portfolio manager at Principal Global Investors.

Mr. Fredericks has the Fellow Life Management Institute designation. He received his bachelor’s of business administration degree from Iowa State University and a master’s of business administration degree from The University of Iowa.

Lisa L. Hamilton , M.A., M.S., ABC , Senior Vice President and Chief Brand Officer

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Lisa L. Hamilton is the Senior Vice President-Chief Brand Officer of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Ms. Hamilton started the Corporate Communications Department at EMC in 2002. Since then, the department has grown and now oversees strategic communications, branding, advertising, marketing communications, internal and external communications, media relations and public relations. Prior to joining EMC, she held marketing communications positions for Meredith Corporation, a major medical center, the State of Iowa and nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Hamilton has the Accredited Business Communicator designation. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, a master of science degree from Illinois State University and a master of arts degree from Northern Illinois University.

Rodney D. Hanson , CPCU , Senior Vice President and Chief Information Technology Officer

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Rodney D. Hanson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Technology Officer at EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Hanson joined EMC in 1978 and has served in various positions during his employment, including Expense Analyst, Systems and Programming Manager, Vice President of Application Information Systems and Vice President of Information Technology. Mr. Hanson was promoted to Senior Vice President of Information Technology in 2013, and assumed the title of Chief Information Technology Officer in 2018.

Mr. Hanson has the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Meyer T. Lehman , FCAS, MAAA , Senior Vice President and Chief Actuarial Officer

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Meyer T. Lehman is the Senior Vice President and Chief Actuarial Officer for EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Lehman started with EMC in 2017 as Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary, and assumed the title of Chief Actuarial Officer in 2018. Prior to joining EMC, he served as Chief Actuarial Officer for Continental Western Group (a Berkley Company) and Actuarial Pricing Manager for American Family Insurance.

Mr. Lehman is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Robert L. Link , CAM, CM , Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant Secretary

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Robert L. Link is the Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and the Assistant Secretary of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Link joined EMC in 1977 and served as Administrative Services Manager in the Chicago Branch and the Home Office before becoming Vice President of Administration in 2007. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Administration in 2012, and assumed the title of Chief Administrative Officer in 2018. He oversees corporate governance and regulatory compliance, corporate secretary responsibilities, EMCC Charitable Foundation, Facilities (owned and leased) and Administrative Services.

Mr. Link has the Chartered Asset Manager and Certified Manager designations. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the American Institute of Business in Des Moines.

Elizabeth A. Nigut , J.D. , Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

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Elizabeth A. Nigut is the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Ms. Nigut started with EMC in 2010 as the Vice President of Human Resources, was promoted to Senior Vice President of Human Resources in 2014, and assumed the title of Chief Human Resources Officer in 2018. Prior to joining EMC, she served as an attorney and shareholder for Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C., and was general counsel for the Des Moines Independent Community School District.

Ms. Nigut received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Simpson College and her Juris Doctor degree from Drake University Law School.

Larry W. Phillips , CPCU , Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer

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Larry W. Phillips is the Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

His insurance career began with Allied Insurance in 1978 as a Commercial Underwriter and then as a Personal Lines Manager. Mr. Phillips first joined EMC in 1981 as a Special Risk Supervisor in the Des Moines Branch before becoming the Des Moines Branch Marketing Manager in 1985. After six years with EMC, he returned to Allied where he held various positions including Vice President of Commercial Underwriting, Vice President of Commercial Marketing and President of a managing general agency and brokerage operation. He rejoined EMC in 2012 as an Assistant Vice President and Home Office Commercial Property Underwriting Manager. He was promoted to Vice President of Underwriting in 2013, Senior Vice President of Business Development in 2015, and was promoted to Chief Business Development Officer in 2018. Mr. Phillips oversees Home Office Underwriting, Marketing, Product Research and Development, Business Process, and Premium Audit, and EMC Underwriters, LLC.

Mr. Phillips has the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation and received his bachelor’s degree in business education from the University of Northern Iowa.

Mark E. Reese , CPA , Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Mark E. Reese is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Reese joined EMC in 1984 and has served in various positions during his employment, including Assistant Controller Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Reporting Specialist, Accounting Manager, and Controller, among others. Mr. Reese was named Chief Financial Officer in 1997 and Senior Vice President in 2004. He currently oversees Accounting, and is in charge of banking, financial reporting, taxes, investor relations, and compliance with SEC and National Association of Insurance Commissioners rules and regulations.

Mr. Reese is a Certified Public Accountant. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.

Lisa A. Simonetta , J.D. , Senior Vice President and Chief Claims Officer

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Lisa A. Simonetta is the Senior Vice President and Chief Claims Officer of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

She is a former California defense attorney who joined EMC in 1992 as a litigation specialist. Ms. Simonetta was named Vice President of Claims in 2003 before becoming Senior Vice President of Claims in 2013. In 2018, she was promoted to Chief Claims Officer where she continues to oversee Home Office Claims.

Ms. Simonetta received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Holy Cross and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego.

Todd A. Strother , J.D. , Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

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Todd A. Strother is the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and the Secretary of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Strother joined EMC in 2016 and oversees the Home Office Legal Department. Mr. Strother was promoted from Vice President to Senior Vice President in 2017, and assumed the title of Chief Legal Officer in 2018. Prior to joining EMC, he most recently served as an attorney and shareholder of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C., for 17 years.

Mr. Strother received both his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Iowa.

Vicki L. Freese , CPCU, ARe , Vice President of Reinsurance

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Vicki L. Freese is the President of EMC Reinsurance Company (EMC Re).

Mrs. Freese started with EMC in 1977 and has served in various positions during her employment, including Underwriter, Assistant Reinsurance Underwriting Manager and Assistant Reinsurance Manager, among others. Mrs. Freese became President of EMC Re in 2016 and oversees Assumed Reinsurance operations.

Mrs. Freese has the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and Associate in Reinsurance designations. She graduated from Simpson College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Larry G. Hamling , CPA, CPCU, Vice President and Controller

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Larry G. Hamling is Vice President and Controller of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Hamling joined EMC in 1989 and has served in various positions during his employment, including Accounting Supervisor, Financial Reporting Manager, and Director of Financial Reporting, among others. Mr. Hamling was named Vice President, Financial Reporting in 2009, and promoted to Vice President and Controller in 2018.

Mr. Hamling is a Certified Public Accountant and has the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Iowa State University.

Cheryl L. McCullough , M.S., CIA, Vice President and Chief Audit Officer

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Cheryl L. McCullough is Vice President and Chief Audit Officer of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Prior to joining EMC in 2017, she served in a variety of Internal Audit leadership roles in the financial services industry. Most recently, she led a team supervising insurance companies for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Prior to that, she served as the head of internal audit at Principal Financial Group, Wellmark, and Ohio Casualty.

Ms. McCullough is a Certified Internal Auditor. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Iowa and a master’s of business administration degree from Iowa State University.

Kelvin B. Sederburg , ACAS, MAAA , Vice President and Appointed Actuary

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Kelvin B. Sederburg is a Vice President and Appointed Actuary of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Sederburg joined EMC in 1989 and has served in various positions during his employment, including Actuarial Assistant, Assistant Actuary and Associate Actuary. Mr. Sederburg was promoted to Vice President and Appointed Actuary in 2009. He oversees the adequacy of loss reserves.

Mr. Sederburg is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Iowa State University.

Karey S. Anderson , CFA , Assistant Vice President, Investments

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Karey S. Anderson is an Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Investments of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Ms. Anderson joined EMC in 2003 as an Associate Securities Analyst. She has served in various positions during her employment, including Securities Analyst, Senior Securities Analyst, Assistant Portfolio Manager and Portfolio Manager. She was named Assistant Secretary in 2010, and Assistant Vice President in 2016.

Ms. Anderson is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She received her bachelor’s of science in business administration degree in economics and finance from Drake University.

Lisa A. Arechavaleta , J.D., CCEP, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Compliance Manager

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Lisa Arechavaleta is Assistant Vice President and Corporate Compliance Manager of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

She joined EMC in 2011 as Corporate Ethics and Compliance Officer and oversees the Compliance Department. Prior to joining EMC, she served in a variety of compliance and regulatory roles in the financial services industry.

Ms. Arechavaleta has a CCEP designation from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Florida International University and her Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University Law School.

Steven T. Walsh , CPA , Assistant Vice President and Director of Investor Relations

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Steven T. Walsh is Assistant Vice President and Director of Investor Relations of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Walsh joined EMC in 2012 and was named Assistant Secretary in 2015, and Assistant Vice President in 2018. Prior to that, he served in various audit and financial reporting roles over the previous eight years. Most recently, he was the Director of Financial Reporting for a public company in Olathe, KS.

Mr. Walsh is a Certified Public Accountant. He received his bachelor’s of science in business administration degree in accounting from Creighton University.

John S. Osier , M.B.A., CFA, CPCU, Assistant Secretary

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John S. Osier is an Assistant Secretary and Senior Securities Analyst, Investments of EMC Insurance Group Inc.

Mr. Osier joined EMC in 2013 as a Senior Securities Analyst and was named Assistant Secretary in 2016. Prior to joining EMC, he worked as a Fixed Income Analyst at Miles Capital, helping to manage the investment portfolios for various insurance companies.

Mr. Osier is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation. He received his bachelor’s of science in finance and transportation logistics degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Iowa.

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