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Erie Insurance Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Erie Insurance Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Claims SVP Chris Zimmer to retire in January 2021

Cody Cook to become SVP, Claims

Ruben Fechner to become SVP, Personal Products

David Edgerton to be promoted to SVP, Information Technology

ERIE, Pa., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Erie Insurance (NASDAQ: ERIE) today announced a series of senior leadership changes within the Claims, Sales & Products and Information Technology divisions.


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The organizational changes are in conjunction with the January 2021 retirement of Chris Zimmer, senior vice president, Claims. Zimmer has been with Erie Insurance for 29 years in a variety of leadership roles.

Cody Cook will succeed Zimmer in the role of senior vice president, Claims. Cook has been ERIE’s senior vice president, Personal Products, since 2017. He previously served as vice president, Private Passenger Auto, for seven years. He started at ERIE in 2003 as an actuary and was promoted to supervisor of the Pricing and Modeling section in 2009.

Ruben Fechner will become senior vice president, Personal Products. Fechner joined ERIE in 2013 as senior vice president, Business Application & Support, Information Technology. He previously worked for The Hartford, where his most recent role was vice president of Commercial, Sales and Distribution Technology. He began his career at USAA, where he held a variety of leadership and technology roles over a 20-year period.

David Edgerton will be promoted to senior vice president, Information Technology. Edgerton has been vice president of Personal Lines Technology since 2018. He came to ERIE in 2014 as an IT delivery manager and was promoted to IT director in the Finance area in 2015. He served as IT director in Personal Lines technology from 2017 until he assumed his current role.

Edgerton earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from Poole College of

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Hightower Unveils New Center for Leadership to Train and Equip Next Generation of Business Leaders

Hightower Unveils New Center for Leadership to Train and Equip Next Generation of Business Leaders

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CHICAGO, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hightower today unveiled its new Hightower Center for Leadership, an education and training program designed to empower the next generation of leaders in Hightower advisory businesses. The program – designed for soon-to-be partners, lead advisors, relationship managers, operational professionals, business managers and those involved with strategic decision-making – is focused on preparing wealth management leaders at a time when many practice founders are transitioning to retirement.

“Preparing future business leaders is critical for client retention and continued growth. While many second-generation professionals may be highly skilled in client services, they often lack management and leadership experience,” said Hightower’s Chief Growth Officer Scott Holsopple. “The new Center for Leadership provides members of the Hightower community with the opportunity to gain intensive training in the skills they need to grow their businesses organically and inorganically – including strategic planning, financial analysis, team management, marketing, governance, M&A deal structuring and more.”

The two-year, certificate-granting program provides simulation-based training delivered by top Hightower leaders and industry experts, including Philip Palaveev of The Ensemble Practice. Trainees are organized into teams of five or six members and given a simulated firm to manage for the duration of the program. The firm comes complete with a history, team dynamics, operational decisions, staff and compensation situations, equity structures and obstacles to growth. Teams work closely with a coach to address the firm’s challenges. Hightower expects to have over 40 team members participate in the initial launch of the program. In addition to learning through the rigors of the two-year curriculum, they will also benefit from the peer-to-peer networking and community that is created.

The training program involves 100 education hours, with monthly

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