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Executive Moves Announced at Homesteaders

DES MOINES, IOWAHomesteaders Life Company’s chief operating officer Steve Lang announced that Marla Lacey has been appointed executive vice president, general counsel, and Kim Medici Shelquist has been appointed VP – planning and development. Both will be promoted to their new positions effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Lacey joined Homesteaders in 2012 as vice president, associate general counsel, and leads Homesteaders’ team of legal and compliance professionals.

“Marla has shown her dedication to upholding Homesteaders’ high standards for ethics and integrity,” says COO Steve Lang. “Her expertise and leadership abilities will continue to be valued in her position as executive vice president, general counsel.”

The move is part of a planned transition from the company’s longstanding relationship with George Wilson, who has served as general counsel for the past 30 years. Prior to joining Homesteaders, Lacey was associate general counsel and chief compliance officer for American Equity in Des Moines.

“Homesteaders has a strong commitment to ensuring adherence to the regulations governing the pre-need insurance industry,” Lacey said. “I look forward to my expanded role in providing leadership for the company in these important functions.”

Lacey received her Juris Doctor With Distinction from the University of Iowa, and is a chartered life underwriter and a chartered financial consultant. The Compliance and Ethics Forum for Life Insurers (CEFLI) recently appointed Lacey to its board of directors.

Medici Shelquist, who joined Homesteaders in 2009 as director – marketing communications, has been named vice president of the newly created planning and development team. Her group will identify and evaluate opportunities that will ensure company growth and result in long-term security.

“The planning and development department, under Kim’s leadership, will support our position as a forward-thinking company that is committed to the success of our customers long into the future,” Lang said. “During her time at Homesteaders, Kim has demonstrated the knowledge, vision and leadership abilities necessary to succeed in this role.”

Medici Shelquist has been a featured speaker at conventions for organizations such as the National Funeral Directors Association. She previously served as business development and communications director for Hospice of Central Iowa, and holds an MBA from the University of Iowa.

“We are seeing significant changes in attitudes and preferences regarding funeral and end-of-life services, so it is important for Homesteaders to ensure there is someone coming to work every day thinking about how to respond to these changes,” Medici Shelquist said. “I look forward to my new responsibilities in strategic planning and to helping Homesteaders leverage growth opportunities.”


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