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.