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Thomas Schisler elected Secretary

Schisler TomThomas Schisler elected Secretary–Treasurer of the Fraternal Field Managers Association (FFMA) board of directors.

 Tom will succeed James R. Pearson, Woodman of the World, and will assume this position May 2016.

Thomas Schisler began his career with the Catholic Aid Association (now Catholic United Financial) September 1, 1987 as a Field Representative in the southern part of Minnesota.  In 1990, Tom was asked to take over an agency in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis.  Tom built a successful business for himself and Catholic United earning numerous awards including the Presidents Club award (multiple) and the Presidents Conference (multiple).  Tom also earned the Catholic United FIC of the Year Award in 1994.  Tom was active in the fraternal side of the business helping to start 3 new Catholic United Councils in his service area between 1990 and 1997.

In 1997 Tom was asked to consider a management position with Catholic United.  On September 1, 1997 he moved his family to St. Cloud Minnesota and began his management career.  Tom successfully grew the region in both representatives and production.  Tom again earned the Presidents Club and Conference awards as a Regional Manger.

In February 2002 Tom was asked to become the Director of Sales for Catholic United Financial.  As Director of Sales, Tom has assisted in developing Catholic United’s first full time trainer and the hiring of the company’s first full time recruiter.  Since Tom has been Director of Sales, Catholic United has seen a steady increase in life insurance premium and annuity premium.  Tom works with his team of Regional Managers to train the sales force to represent Catholic United in the best possible way.  Tom is also on the Executive Team, Corporate Contributions Committee, and Strategic Leadership Team at Catholic United Financial.

Tom was active in the MNFIC as a board member for 4 years and was on the Central MN NAIFA Board as IFAPAC Chair for three years.  Tom went through the chairs of the FFMA completing his term as President in 2013.

Tom’s designations include: FIC, FICF, CLF, LUTCF and AMTC

AAS Degree University of Minnesota

BS Degree Minnesota State Mankato

Various executive management and leadership courses from St. Thomas University Chicago Booth School, Carlson School of Management and others.

Tom is married to his wife Clare (30 years) and has 2 daughters, Melissa is a 6th grade English teacher and Mariah is a Business Analyst at Kwik Trip.  Tom enjoys: traveling, cooking, entertaining, golf, and hunting when he has the time.

Tom and Clare are members of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Woodbury MN where they are active in the Cana Ministry, Men’s Club and other volunteer activities.  Tom was a Catholic School board member for 6 years and is currently the Finance Chair at the parish.  He enjoys volunteering at a variety of activities including pancake breakfasts, roadside cleanup, parish landscaping and other events.

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Bill Moore Addresses the Texas FIC

BillMooreBill Moore Addresses the Texas FIC

At the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors (NAFIC) National Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Bill Moore of Kinder Brothers International, addressed the Texas Chapter of the Fraternal Insurance Counselors.  He shared with the group the role the Fraternal Advisor has as a business professional.  He also talked about the Critical Factors of being a Fraternal entrepreneur and how important it is in servicing the membership and generating revenue for the Societies.   Bill stated, “It is critical in the low investment environment for Fraternal advisors to generate revenue for the Societies.  It is a critical factor in continuing our Societies’ charitable works.”  He also shared the five principles that make a successful financial advisor in today’s marketplace.  Bill can be reached at; 214-458-4154.

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Greg Felton Elected President

Felton2012 003 resizedGreg Felton elected President of the Fraternal Field Managers Association

Greg has more than 30 years of insurance experience. He has been an agent, manager, corporate trainer and is currently the National Sales Director for National Slovak Society/NSS Life. Greg has served as president of his local NAIFA, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors chapter.  Greg has also served as President of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP). In addition to being the newly elected President of FFMA, Fraternal Field Managers Association he is also serving as the President of the Fraternal Societies of Greater Pittsburgh.

Greg is married, has three grown children and one grandson. He can be reached at

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Steward D. Lyman confirmed as Board member

Lyman, StewSteward D. Lyman, LOMA, CLU, FIC, LUTA, FICF, CLF elected to Fraternal Field Manager’s Association Board

The Fraternal Field Manager’s Association confirmed Steward D. Lyman as a Board member at their May 12 meeting in San Antonio, Texas

Stew Lyman is a divisional field manager in the Field Development Department at Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization based in Rock Island, Ill.

Mr. Lyman joined Modern Woodmen in 2001 as a field representative before taking over his current position in 2003.

In his position, Mr. Lyman provides consultative support to regional directors and managing partners on recruiting, training and supervision. He conducts management training schools and conferences and develops recruiting and supervision materials.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston. He has earned his Chartered Leadership Fellow and Fraternal Insurance Counsellor designations and is series 7, 63 and 65 registered.

Stew, his wife, Cheryl, and their two children live in Moline, Ill.

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Ruth B. Bash elected to Board of Directors

Ruth B. Bash, FIC, CLU, ChFC, Director of Field Leadership, Thrivent Financial, has been elected to the board of Directors of the Fraternal Field Managers Association, (FFMA). Ruth has more than 30 years of experience at Thrivent Financial in leadership positions across the organization including Fraternal, Member Engagement, Field Technology and Compliance.     In her current role, Ruth leads a team of people supporting field leadership growth and the operational effectiveness of our regional financial offices.     Ruth has an MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota, and has earned the FIC, CLU and ChFC designations.  She can be reached at 612-844-5786;  Email:

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First FFMA Annual Members Meeting a Success

The FFMA held its first ever Annual Member Meeting on September 5 in Hollywood, Fla., in conjunction with the American Fraternal Association Annual Meeting. The meeting was a success, providing a forum for members to ask questions and receive updates and information about the benefits of membership in the FFMA.

 L-R: Rogelio Cabral (Catholic Financial Life), Pat Barnes (Modern Woodman of America), Pat Dees (Woodmen of the World) FFMA Board members shared with attendee's the latest benefits offered to member of the FFMA.  See the various tabs on the new FFMA website for more details.
FFMA Board members shared with attendees the latest benefits offered to members of the FFMA. L-R: Rogelio Cabral (Catholic Financial LIfe), Pat Barnes (Modern Woodmen of America), and Pat Dees (Woodmen of the World).
 Board of Directors for 2014. L-R: Tom Adamson (Catholic Order of Foresters) Rogelio Cabral (Catholic Financial Life) Greg Felton (National Slovak Society of the USA) Elvis Anderson (Woodmen of the World) Joe Martinez (Knights of Columbus) Mark Dean (Thrivent Financial) Greg Sloan (FaithLife Financial) Jim Pearson (Woodmen of the World) Pat Barnes (Modern Woodman of America)
Board of Directors for 2014.
Tom Adamson (Catholic Order of Foresters)
Rogelio Cabral (Catholic Financial Life)
Greg Felton (National Slovak Society of the USA)
Elvis Anderson (Woodmen of the World)
Joe Martinez (Knights of Columbus)
Mark Dean (Thrivent Financial)
Greg Sloan (FaithLife Financial)
Jim Pearson (Woodmen of the World)
Pat Barnes (Modern Woodmen of America)
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Victor Hildebrand named Thrivent Financial FIC of the Year

L-R: H E Durbin, Victor T. Hildebrand, Mark B. Dean,  Loren C. Boyens,
From left to right:  H E Durbin, award recipient Victor T. Hildebrand, Mark B. Dean, Loren C. Boyens,

At this past convention of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors, Victor T. Hildebrand was named the Thrivent Financial FIC of the Year. Hildebrand accepted the award, presented by H. E. Durbin,  CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, MBA, President of NAFIC, Mark B. Dean, FIC, LUTCF, Past President of FFMA, and Loren C. Boyens,  ChFC®, CLU®, FICF, LUTCF, Past President of NAFIC.



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2013-2014 Officers announced

Please join us in welcoming the 2013-2014 Fraternal Field Managers’ Association Officers.

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Vice President, Agencies
Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203) 752-4262


Mark Dean Color Photo resizedMark Dean – Past President
Director, Business Development Consultant
Financial Consulting Group
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
625 Fourth Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 844-6818

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Vice President Sales
Catholic Order of Foresters
355 Shuman Boulevard, PO Box 3012
Naperville, IL 60566
Phone: (630) 983-4917

Pearson_James_713 resizedJim Pearson – Executive Secretary/Treasurer
Director of Field Education
Woodmen of the World
1700 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 271-7250


Anderson_Elvis_912 resizedElvis O. Anderson, FICF
Sr. Vice President, National Field Manager
Woodmen of the World
1700 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 997-7910


Barnes Pat_06 resizedPatrick J. Barnes, FLMI, CLU
Chief Marketing Officer
Modern Woodmen of America
1701 1st Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 786-6481


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National Sales Director
National Slovak Society of the USA
351 Valley Brook Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: (724) 731-0094


Greg-Sloan- 2013 resizedGreg Sloan, FIC
Western Canada Senior Regional Director
FaithLife Financial
45 Dalkeith Dr., Unit 1, Upper
Branford, ON N3P 1M1
Phone: (519) 752-2224


Cabral resizedRogelio Cabral
Vice President of Sales
Catholic Financial Life
1100 W. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 278-6590

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Fraternal Field Managers’ Association to hold first ever Annual Meeting

3555 S Ocean Dr  Hollywood, FL 33019
Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
3555 S Ocean Dr Hollywood, FL 33019

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Fraternal Field Managers’ Association is pleased to announce that the first ever annual meeting will take place on Sept. 5, 2013 in conjunction with the American Fraternal Association Annual Meeting at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fl. The meeting will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the resort, and will include remarks from Past President Mark Dean and incoming President Joe Martinez.

The inagural FFMA Annual Meeting will provide an open forum for the FFMA board to update representatives of FFMA member societies on the many benefits of membership in the organization. The meeting will also serve as an opportunity for any representative to ask questions about the FFMA and its various programs, as well as provide a venue to seek input as to what needs may be met or supported by the FFMA to their field managers and leaders.

For more information about the American Fraternal Association Annual Meeting, please visit their website.