Gary is President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Insurance Group and has been an employee since 1989, serving in numerous operational roles during his career. Mr. Thompson's insurance industry background and experience have aided our board since 2009.
Meet Our Board
Betty Schuster has acted as an agent for Principal Financial Group for the past 28 years with a primary focus on financial planning, insurance and investments. Mrs. Schuster's financial and investment background have made her a valued asset on our board since 1997.
Jeff Greenwald is Chairman of INSPRO, Inc. headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska and brought his independent agency background to our board in 2010. INSPRO is an independent, multiline insurance agency and has been appointed with us for many years.
Bob Gerding retired in 2016 as president of the CPA firm of Gerding, Korte and Chitwood CPAs with offices in Columbia, Jefferson City, Boonville and Fulton, Missouri. Mr. Gerding's 36 years of financial expertise has been an asset to our board since 2000.
Bernie Fechtel owns and operates Fechtel Beverage & Sales, a large beverage distributorship, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Mr. Fechtel brings many years of business and community leadership experience to our board, joining us in 2007.
Chris Belcher now serves as the Assistant Professor of Professional Practice-Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri after retirign in June 2014 as Superintendent of the Columbia Public School District, Columbia, MO. Dr. Belcher has over 33 years of experience working in education and joined our board in 2012.
William E. Gusenius is a successful (40+ years) private practice attorney in Lindsborg, Kansas. Mr. Gusenius's legal background and small business ownership experience have made him a welcome part of our board since 2005.
Laura Hinson retired in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer of QBE the Americas of New York, a $4 billion dollar property and casualty insurance company. Ms. Hinson hails from Dallas, TX and has worked for over 30 years in all aspects of finance and accounting for large insurance corporations bringing her years of financial expertise to our board in 2012.
Teresa Maledy serves Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Central/Eastern Missouri region of Commerce Bancshares, a $25.6 billion dollar bank holding company with branches in MO, KS, IL, OK and CO and commercial banking offices in six other states. Elected in 2012, Mrs. Maledy brings over 35 years of banking experience to our board.