Institute Advisory Board
Loren Coppock, BBA70, has been the managing director of TrueNorth Companies LLC since 2000. He now serves as Chairman of the Board. He has also been a commercial underwriter, an agent, a broker with Merrill Lynch, as well as president and chairman of Davis Jones Lamb Insurance.
Coppock is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).
His community activities include Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, United Way of East Central Iowa, and Mt. Mercy College.
Chairman of the Board
TrueNorth Companies LLC
Cedar Rapids, IA
Greg Elming BBA'82 is senior vice president and chief risk officer of the Principal Financial GroupÂ®. Elming joined the company in 1982 as a staff accountant. He was named administrator - corporate accounting and taxes in 1985 and manager in 1986. He was elected an officer and named assistant controller in 1988, and director â€“ financial reporting in 1995. He was named a second vice president in 1998, vice president and controller in 2000 and to his current role in 2011.
An Iowa native, Elming received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. Elming is a Fellow of Life Management Institute (FLMI).
Senior Vice President
Chief Risk Officer
The Principal Financial Group
Des Moines, Iowa
Ted Flores, BBA76, joined Griffith Laboratories in 1988 as corporate risk manager and was promoted to Vice President of Risk Management in 2013. In this capacity, Ted oversees the structure and placement of the company’s worldwide insurance programs, directs the management of claims and litigation, and leads other risk management initiatives including crisis management/business continuity planning, supply chain risk management, property loss prevention, and health & safety. Ted is past chair of the Risk Management Section of the CPCU Society, has served as a director of the Chicago Chapter of RIMS, and as chair of the REBEX Conference held annually in Chicago.
Headquartered in Alsip, Ill., Griffith Laboratories Inc. was founded in 1919. Griffith is a leading global creator and manufacturer of specialty food ingredients and blends for customers throughout the food industry. The company serves its customers from operations in 24 countries.
Vice President, Risk Management
Griffith Laboratories Inc.
Todd Fuhs, BS80, is AEGON's chief risk officer for the Americas and was previously the chief actuary for the Institutional Markets Division. Todd joined AEGON after 16 years at Provident/Unum Provident, where he was responsible for ALM/portfolio strategies and product pricing/costing. Prior to this, he held various positions in product pricing, valuation, and product development.
Chief Risk Officer and Chief Actuary
Cedar Rapids, IA
Dana Ramundt, BBA74, is president and CEO of The Dana Company, an independent insurance agency he founded in Des Moines, Iowa, that currently serves clients in 22 states. The majority of his career has been in insurance agencies in Mason City and Des Moines, prior to starting The Dana Company in 1989.
Ramundt has served the insurance industry as president of two county independent insurance agents' associations and as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa, and most recently served on the board of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. He also served four years as a board member of Project InVEST, a national program for the introduction of the insurance industry to high school and college students throughout the country. Ramundt initiated the reestablishment of the insurance program at the University of Iowa, which has now evolved into the Vaughan Institute.
President and CEO
The Dana Company
West Des Moines, IA
Jeff Rommel is President of Nationwide Property and Casualty (P&C) Independent Distribution. He was appointed to this position in September, 2014. Prior to his current role, he served as Senior Vice President of Customer Service & Sales Solutions for Nationwide.
Jeff's career with the company began in 1985 as a Claims Representative with Allied Insurance (a Nationwide company). He was appointed Regional Vice President of Allied's Rocky Mountain Regional Office in 2003 and a year later was named Regional Vice President of Nationwide's former Florida Regional Office. He led that region's transition from an exclusive to an independent agency model before serving as Senior Vice President of Field Operations for Allied from 2009 to 2013.
Jeff has been an active member of the communities in which he has resided. In Des Moines, he was on the Blank Park Zoo board. In Denver, he was a member of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation board. He served as the North Central Florida United Way Board Campaign Chair and Vice Chair of the board. Upon his return to Des Moines, he served as one of the Children and Families of Iowa Capital Campaign Tri-Chairs and the Chair of the Tango fundraiser. Jeff currently serves on the board of the Food Bank of Iowa as Chair. He also serves on the Greater Des Moines Partnership Board of Directors where he is a member of the Executive Committee. In addition, he is the executive sponsor of the Nationwide Military Associate Resource Group.
Jeff is a graduate of Iowa State University. He holds both the CPCU and AIC designations.
Jeff currently resides in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife Tracey and two sons, Tyler and Trevor.
Nationwide P&C Independent Distribution
Des Moines, IA
Rod Warren, BA'86 MBA'97, is the president of the insurance companies and insurance agencies under the NCMIC Group umbrella. The insurance companies specialize in professional liability coverage for physicians, dentists, chiropractors, and lawyers. The insurance agencies provide insurance products to a variety of audiences from a number of national insurance companies. The companies have a presence in all 50 states. Rod joined NCMIC Group in 2001 as vice president of its annuity company, before moving to its professional liability companies.
Prior to NCMIC, Rod was director of Life and Annuity Operations for AmerUs Life/AVIVA from 1998 through 2001. Before joining AmerUs/AVIVA, Rod's career included roles at ING, Principal Financial Group, and Farmland Life Insurance Company.
Rod's work experience includes a variety of leadership roles in the annuity, life insurance, professional liability, and health insurance industries. Rod earned his BBA in finance from the University of Iowa in 1986, his MBA from the University of Iowa in 1997, and partially completed his MSM/RMI at Florida State University. Rod is a CPCU, CLU, and FLMI/M in addition to completing approximately 10 other insurance designations.
Rod serves on the board of directors of the UnityPoint Foundation and Employee & Family Resources.
NCMIC Insurance Company
Professional Solutions Insurance Company
Therese Vaughan, BBA79, is the Dean of Drake University's College of Business and Public Administration. In addition, she is the immediate past chief executive officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). She served in this capacity from February 2009-November 2012.
Prior to her tenure at NAIC, she was the Robb B. Kelley Distinguished Professor of Insurance and Actuarial Science at Drake University. She was the Iowa insurance commissioner from 1994 to 2004, the longest-serving insurance commissioner in Iowa history, and was appointed to the position by governors of both major parties. During her term as insurance commissioner, Vaughan was an active member of the NAIC and served as its president in 2002.
Vaughan held previous academic positions at Baruch College of the City University of New York and at Temple University, and she was employed as a consultant in the risk management and casualty division of Tillinghast, a Towers Perrin Company.
She earned a Ph.D. in risk and insurance at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a CPCU, an associate of the Society of Actuaries, an associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She was previously a member of the board of directors of the Principal Financial Group, Endurance Specialty Holdings, the National Council on Compensation Insurance, and the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association.
College of Business and Public Administration
Des Moines, IA
Michael Wilkins, BS85, MBA92, is senior vice president of United Fire Group. He is responsible for the development of the company’s information technology, including business applications, web applications, network infrastructure, and security procedures. He directs the reinsurance and personal lines segments.
Wilkins joined the company in 1985 as a computer programmer. From 1990 to 1996, he served as product support manager. In 1996, he was named regional underwriting manager of the Central Plains regional office. In 1998, he was named resident vice president of the Central Plains region. In 2002, he was named vice president of administration, and, in 2004, he was appointed senior vice president.
Wilkins has obtained the ARP and CPCU professional insurance designations. He is a member of the CPCU Society and serves on the board of directors of the Cedar Valley Chapter of the CPCU Society. He is also a member of the finance and administration committee of the United Way of East Central Iowa.
Executive Vice President
United Fire Group
Cedar Rapids, IA
Erin Wonsmos graduated in 2009 with a degree in finance and the RMI Certificate. Upon graduation, Erin accepted a position as a business analyst with The IMT Group, a property-casualty insurance company located in West Des Moines, Iowa, where she currently serves as marketing coordinator. Prior to graduating, Erin had an internship with Allied Insurance. While at Iowa, Erin was a member of Gamma Iota Sigma, serving various leadership roles throughout her membership. Erin currently holds an Associate in Insurance Services (AINS) designation and is working to obtain the CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) designation. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The IMT Group
West Des Moines, IA