Sammons Financial Group Elevates Trent Freier to Vice President, Corporate Markets

West Des Moines, Iowa – January 5, 2023Sammons® Financial Group, Inc. has named Trent Freier as a vice president of Sammons Corporate Markets Group. In this new role, Freier will assume many of the day-to-day responsibilities necessary to build the pension risk transfer business within the Corporate Markets business unit and grow its existing sales relationships.

The promotion was effective January 1 and follows the recent retirement of business-line president Ron Ottenbacher, and the elevation of Joe Paul to president, Sammons Corporate Markets Group. Ottenbacher retired after 20 years leading the Corporate Markets business.  

“Trent has a long tenure with Sammons Financial Group and has been an instrumental part of our team’s growth story since joining the company in 2000,” said Joe Paul, president, Sammons Corporate Markets Group. “Since 2018, Trent has successfully led efforts to enter and grow the Sammons Corporate Markets Group presence in the pension risk transfer market. He continues to lead this very important work and will continue to focus on this emerging market in his new role.”

The Corporate Markets business is one of the fastest-growing lines of business for Sammons Financial Group, concentrating on a specific sector of the financial services industry. Sammons Corporate Markets has seen record-breaking sales and earnings performance as it builds upon key relationships in the bank and credit union-owned life insurance and the pension risk transfer industries.

“We wish Ron all the best in his retirement and look forward to building upon his track record of excellence,” Paul said. “The leadership changes underway in 2023 are critical to our future success as we integrate new technology platforms and keep pace with our changing industry and sales opportunities.” 


About Sammons® Financial Group, Inc.

The companies of Sammons Financial Group® help families and businesses protect their future to enjoy life’s moments today. A subsidiary of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., Sammons Financial Group is privately owned with member companies that are among the most enduring and stable in the financial services industry. Our companies include Midland National® Life Insurance Company (including Sammons® Corporate Markets); North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®Sammons Institutional Group® (including Midland Retirement Distributors® and  Sammons Retirement Solutions®) and Beacon Capital Management, Inc. Together, we offer today’s most sought-after life insurance, annuity, and retirement planning products.