Rowland Ricketts

Rowland Ricketts, FALU, graduated from Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut in May of 1963. At the time, there were plenty of jobs available in what used to be known as “The Insurance City.” Connecticut Mutual interviewed him and asked, “What do you know about Underwriting?” “Nothing” he said, and the reply was “Can you start Monday?” His insurance career took him to many companies and to many countries as well.  Rowland was one of the key people behind the birth of the FALU program and was both a mentor to and staunch defender of underwriting and underwriters throughout his 50+ year career.


Jane Hall

Jane V. Hall, BSN, FALU, FLMI, CLU, is currently with Partners Financial – a very successful brokerage firm. She began her career with NFP in 2008 as AVP Underwriting; in 2011 she stepped into the role of VP Chief Underwriter.  Jane uses her more than 20 years of experience as a home office underwriter and 12 years of nursing experience to provide expert underwriting consultation and negotiation to NFP firms. Prior to joining NFP, Jane managed the NFP Underwriting team for Prudential Financial and was a senior underwriting consultant for Hartford Life.  Jane is a past president of the Association of Home Office Underwriters Association (AHOU) and the Twin Cities Association of Home Office Underwriters.  She currently serves on the AHOU Educational Task force and the SOA Underwriting Issues and Innovations Seminar program committee.


Richard (Rick) Gordon

Richard (Rick) Gordon, FLMI, began his career in the life insurance industry in 1981 as an agent with The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. Just one year later, he was hired as an Underwriter Trainee for Midland National Life with nary a clue what an Underwriter does. By 1987, Rick was leading a Large Case Unit for Midland National and their subsidiary company, Investors Life of Nebraska. Since that time, he has never looked back - Rick has held the positions of Chief Underwriter; Underwriting Manager; Associate Vice President and Chief Underwriter; Second Vice President and Chief Underwriter; and currently, Vice President, Corporate Underwriting and Mortality Management for Midland National and North American Life & Health, members of the Sammons Financial Group.