Our Leadership

Chairman

Jeffrey E. Fetters is chairman of the Federated Insurance Companies.

An Indiana native, Jeff graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, earning a degree in accounting.

Jeff’s Federated career began in Valparaiso, Indiana as a marketing representative in 1980.

He’s held virtually all marketing management positions prior to his appointments as executive vice president - director of insurance operations, then chief operating officer, followed by president in May 2008.

Jeff was named chief executive officer on January 1, 2009, and elected chairman of the board on December 1, 2012.

Jeff serves on the boards of the Minnesota Business Partnership and Big Brothers Big Sisters® of America. He and his wife, Marty, were co-chairs of the 2017 United Way of Steele County Campaign. They are also co-chairs of the Federated Challenge ® supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters, an annual charity event that has raised more than $41 million since 2004 to support the youth mentoring and educational programs of Big Brother Big Sisters.

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael G. Kerr is president and chief executive officer of the Federated Insurance Companies.

A Michigan native, Mike received a business administration degree from Central Michigan University.

Mike’s Federated career began in 1981 as a marketing development trainee, and he’s held all positions in marketing management.

Over the years, he’s led various departments, including Association Risk Management Services (ARMS), Home Office Marketing, Property & Casualty Claims and Underwriting, Field Services, Life Operations, Learning Center, Advertising, Human Resources, Property & Casualty Services, and Office and Physical Services.

Mike’s been appointed to the following key positions:

  • December 2013: Executive vice president – director of insurance operations
  • September 2016: Executive vice president – chief operating officer
  • December 2017: President and chief operating officer
  • April 2018: Director of the Federated Insurance Companies
  • January 2021: President and chief executive officer

As president and CEO, Mike oversees Federated’s property and casualty and life insurance operations, as well as its Actuarial, Information Services, and Human Resources departments.

 

Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer

Nicholas R. Lower is executive vice president – chief operating officer of the Federated Insurance Companies.

An Ohio native, Nick received a bachelor’s degree in communications, with a minor in psychology, from Muskingum University.

Nick’s Federated career began in 1999 as a marketing representative in Ohio, and he’s held all positions in marketing management.

He has also overseen Association Risk Management Services (ARMS), Marketing Incentives, and Marketing Administration departments.

Nick’s been appointed to the following key positions:

  • June 2017: Director of marketing and first vice president
  • December 2017: Senior vice president - director of insurance operations
  • November 2019: Executive vice president
  • January 2021: Executive vice president – chief operating officer

As executive vice president - chief operating officer, Nick has an enhanced leadership position over operational functions and greater responsibility for Federated’s financial results. He will oversee Field Marketing, Home Office Marketing, Marketing Administration and Incentives, ARMS, Agency Operations, Life Operations, Learning Center, P&C Underwriting, Special Accounts, Granite Re and Surety Marketing, Advertising, Public Affairs, and Field Services.

 

Federated Insurance Companies Board of Directors

David M. Adcox
Jeffrey E. Fetters
David P. Frame
James R. Giesler
Michael N. Keller
Michael G. Kerr
Lester H. Killebrew
James H. Lipscomb III
Darlene M. Miller
Thomas E. Nobbe
Sarah B. Person


Executive Staff

Jeffrey E. Fetters, Chairman

Michael G. Kerr, President and CEO

Michael N. Keller CPA, CCM, AIAF, Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer

Nicholas R. Lower, Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan R. Hanson JD, Senior Vice President – General Counsel

Mark D. Heyne FCAS, Executive Vice President – Director of Insurance Operations

Elizabeth A. Hyland, Senior Vice President – Director of Human Resources

Thomas L. Peterson, Senior Vice President - Director of Life Operations, Learning Center, and Marketing Support

Sean G. Pick, Executive Vice President – Director of Insurance Operations 

Ryker J. Richardson, Senior Vice President – Chief Information Officer

James A. Thon CLU, ChFC, Executive Vice President – Director of Insurance Operations

Christopher J. Wall, Senior Vice President - Director of Risk Management Services