Rob TeKolste
President, Sammons Independent Annuity Group

Rob TeKolste is president of Sammons® Independent Annuity Group, a business division of Sammons Financial Group. He is also a member of the Midland National and North American Board of Directors.

Rob is responsible for the overall business strategy and leadership of Sammons Independent Annuity Group. This includes leading the fixed annuity distribution through independent agent channels, such as independent agents, Independent Marketing Organizations, and Registered Investment Advisors. He also oversees product development, the profitability of new business and in-force business, sales, and distribution relationships of fixed annuities within these channels.

Before he came to the company in 1999 as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Sammons Annuity Group, Rob was vice president of Sales at Conseco (previously American Life and Casualty Insurance Company). With over 30 years of experience in the life insurance market, he has continually worked to achieve aggressive growth goals by identifying market needs, implementing sales programs, and building teams of innovators.

Rob serves on the Principal Charity Classic board, which raises money for children’s charities in Iowa. He’s also on the Board and Executive Committee of the Federation of Iowa Insurers. Rob received a Bachelor’s of Science in business administration and management from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and holds the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation.