Our Leadership

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey E. Fetters is our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Federated Insurance Companies.

With more than 2,400 employees, including more than 550 direct marketing representatives in all 48 contiguous states, Jeff leads a team driven by a mission to enhance the success of business owners in the targeted industries we serve.

Jeff was named Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2009, and elected Chairman of the Board on December 1, 2012.

Though his career with Federated began in 1980 as a marketing representative in Valparaiso, Indiana, Jeff was a client before he was an employee. He worked for a farm equipment dealer, which he planned to purchase, that was insured by Federated.

Unfortunately, that successful business failed when the owner passed away unexpectedly without a succession plan. Jeff joined Federated after the liquidation of that business because of his firsthand knowledge of Federated’s excellent customer service and the integrity and professionalism of its leaders.

Jeff held virtually all marketing management positions prior to his appointment as Executive Vice President - Director of Insurance Operations, then Chief Operating Officer, followed by President in May 2008.

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

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 also are co-chairs of the Federated Challenge ® supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters, an annual charity event that has raised more than $30 million to support the youth mentoring and educational programs of Big Brother Big Sisters.

President and Chief Operating Officer

Michael G. Kerr is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Federated Insurance Companies.

Mike began his career in marketing in 1981, and has held all positions in marketing management. In past years, Mike has led various departments, including association risk management services, advertising, office and physical services, and human resources. Over the course of his career, he has chaired virtually every major team at Federated.

In December 2013, Mike was named Executive Vice President - Director of Insurance Operations, followed by his appointment to Chief Operating Officer in September 2016. In December 2017, Mike was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer and elected to the Board of Directors in April 2018.

A Michigan native, Mike earned his business administration degree from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

 

 

 

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 and CEO

Michael G. Kerr, President and Chief Operating Officer

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

Patric K. Cooper, Executive Vice President – Director of Communications and Corporate Support

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

Nicholas R. Lower, Senior Vice President – Director of Insurance Operations 

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

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

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