OneAmerica appoints new general agents in three states
Jim Gavin, Media Relations Manager
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Indianapolis (Feb. 29, 2012) – American United Life Insurance Company® (AUL), a OneAmerica company, has appointed three new general agents to expand its national distribution network for its extensive menu of financial products for individuals, families and small businesses. Together, these general agencies currently employ 33 financial professionals, but plan to add 85 over the next three years.
“We take great pride in our mutual organization and financial strength because they give us the ability to put our policyholders first,” said Mark Wilkerson, president of individual life and financial services for the OneAmerica companies. “With these professionals joining us as general agents and expanding into new markets, we can be confident that we will be reaching even more customers and helping them build brighter financial futures.”
The new general agents are:
• James Chapel of FMC Financial Group in Newport Beach, Calif.
Chapel started selling insurance as a career agent in 1978 and in 1981 founded J.F. Chapel and Associates Insurance Services with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. He later founded Western United Insurance Company, a property and casualty agency specializing in automobile insurance, growing that agency from $3.2 million in direct written premium in 1991 to more than $60 million in 1994.
Chapel is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), General Agents and Managers Association (GAMA), the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU) and the National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU).
FMC Financial Group currently has 13 agents on staff, but plans to recruit an additional 25 professionals to the firm in the next two years.
• William Chesney of OneLegacy Financial Group LLC in Bridgewater, N.J.
Previously, Chesney was a vice president for AXA Equitable where he twice received honors for performing in the top 10 of AXA management and was a six-time recipient of an award given for meeting or exceeding recruiting, production, development and agent retention goals. He is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).
OneLegacy Financial Group currently has 11 agents on staff, but Chesney says he plans to recruit 30 professionals to the firm in the next two years.
• Brian Cook of Kentucky Blue Blood Financial Group in Lexington, Ky.
Cook is a graduate of Asbury University. He is a Life Underwriters Training Council fellow (LUTCF) and has been actively involved with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) board in Kentucky. He holds several industry achievement awards from General Agents and Managers Association (GAMA) for sales and unit production.
Kentucky Blue Blood Financial Group currently has nine agents on staff, but Cook says he plans to recruit an additional 30 professionals to the firm in the next three years.
American United Life Insurance Company® (AUL) is the founding member of OneAmerica® and is focused on providing a strong portfolio of products for individuals, families and small businesses. AUL uses a national network of experienced professionals utilizing an extensive menu of financial products, including life insurance, annuities and employee benefit plan products. The company helps consumers prepare for tomorrow by helping to protect their financial futures.
OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc., is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. The companies of OneAmerica® can trace their solid foundations back more than 130 years in the insurance and financial services marketplace.
OneAmerica’s nationwide network of companies offers a variety of products to serve the financial needs of their policyholders and other clients. These products include retirement plan products and services; individual life insurance, annuities, long-term care solutions and employee benefit plan products. The goal of OneAmerica is to blend the strengths of each company to achieve greater collective results.
The products of the OneAmerica companies are distributed through a network of employees, agents, brokers and other distribution sources that are committed to increasing value to our policyholders by helping them prepare to meet their financial goals.