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Rogelio Cabral Elected President

Ro PhotoRogelio Cabral Elected President

Rogelio Cabral or “Ro” as his friends call him was elected President of the FFMA at the meeting in in Tempe,  AZ.   He was born in Mexico and move to United States in 1979.  Coming from an Immigrant family, he admits, the beginning was a bit rough.  However, he was fortunate to overcome challenges of living in the USA and humbled to where he is today.  He graduated from the University of Milwaukee in 1993 with BBA in Finance.  Through his early years, he was heavily involved in many sports including Boxing.  “I was blessed with the ability to compete at a high level in Boxing.  One national championship and finished runner-up 3 other times at the national level.  14 State and Regional Championships as well as represented the United States in 5 international competitions”.

He has been in the Financial Service Field since 1993.  Two years later, he moved to the frontline as a Personal Banker in a branch setting and worked there for a year and a half.  From there he was promoted to Relationship Banker and acquired his Life and Health Insurance license as well as his Securities Licenses Series 6 and 63. In 2000, he was the sole representative from the state of Wisconsin to be invited to the National Retail Investment Conference for personal production in all areas of retail, banking services, loans, investments and convenience products.  He then was promoted to Investments Advisor in 2000 and continued to work for Chase until 2003.

He joined Catholic Knights in June of 2004 and began to work on setting up the foundation for a Hispanic Agency that he began to build in January of 2005. He was able to surround himself with a solid group of Advisors.  Together, with the hard work and support of a great team as well as recognition from the Home Office Management team, the Hispanic Agency has 16 advisors working the greater Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, WI and Greater Chicago Area.

In 2011 he was promoted to Vice President of Sales at Catholic Financial Life (formerly known as Catholic Knights/Catholic Family).

One of the proudest fraternal accomplishments over the last 13 years, has been to raise over $150,000 in local events supporting the community, Catholic schools, and parishes.  He states that “working with our branch system and with the support of Advisors, we will continue to give back to our local Catholic community”.

His personal accomplishments are numerous, but the ones that stand out are Advisor related.  He was Rookie of the Year 4 consecutive years, Life Producer of the Year, 100 Lives producer, Presidents Club, VP Club and Directors Club Qualifiers. Ro is Life and Health Insurance Licensed, Securities License Series 6, 7, 63, 26 and is a FIC, Fraternal Insurance Counselor.

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Steven J. Fedewa Elected to the Board


Steven J. Fedewa CLU, ChFC, FICF

Steve Fedewa is a Michigan native. He started his insurance career with the Knights of Columbus in 1984. He was a multiyear MDRT and Supreme Knights Club qualifier.  He has served the Knights of Columbus as an active member, an agent, General agent and is currently the Vice President, responsible for manpower growth and retention development. During Steve’s tenure as Vice President, the Knights of Columbus have experienced 9 straight years of positive manpower growth along with an 18% improvement in field agent retention.

Steve is married with 2 married children who have 3 grand-children.

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Spencer Owen elected to the Board of Directors

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpencer Owen elected to the Board of Directors of the FFMA

Spencer Owen was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fraternal Field Managers Association (FFMA) at their May 10 Meeting in Charleston SC. Spencer will replace Elvis Anderson who will retire after 30 years in the Fraternal Insurance Industry.

Spencer Thomas Owen serves WoodmenLife as Vice President, Sales, having previously served as Director, Sales Management. Prior to that, Owen served as Nebraska/Iowa Regional Director from April 2011 until October 2012.

Owen began his WoodmenLife career as a Representative in November 1995 and was promoted to Recruiting Sales Manager in 2000. He was named Rookie Recruiting Sales Manager for Texas Southwest in 2000, Recruiting Sales Manager of the Year for Texas Southwest in 2005 and Recruiting Sales Manager of the Year for Texas in 2006. In July 2009, Owen became Texas Southeast Regional Director, and was named Rising Star Regional Director for 2010.

Owen is also a Financial Representative with Woodmen Financial Services. He is a member of NAFIC and has earned his FICF designation. He is also a member of General Agents and Manager Association (GAMA), and has been elected to serves on the Board of the Fraternal Field Managers’ Association (FFMA).

Owen is a member of Alpha Chapter 16 in Omaha, NE, and Chapter 6011 in Council Bluffs, IA. In his free time he enjoys golf, spending time with his family and traveling. He and his wife, Shelly, have three girls, Tiffanie, Deborah and Alaney.

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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

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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 wmoore@kinderbrothers.com; 214-458-4154.

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Greg Felton Elected President

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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 gfelton@nsslife.org

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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: ruth.bash@thrivent.com.

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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)