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CUNA Retirement Adds to Sales Team


MADISON, WI, January 31, 2019 -- CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions continues to add to its growing sales force with the recent hiring of two key people in its Intermediary Sales Division. Paul Swanson, vice president, Intermediary Distribution, announced the hiring of Shannon Hayes and Steve Mandel.

"Shannon and Steve are great additions to our Intermediary Sales team," said Swanson. "Their backgrounds are unique, and that adds depth to our sales team. They both have impressive track records of success, and we are very excited to have them join the team."

Hayes joined CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions Dec. 31, and will be the regional vice president for the Georgia and Alabama territory, living in the greater Atlanta area. She has been in the retirement business for 13 years. Hayes started her career as a regional sales consultant with Hartford Retirement Plans Group in Simsbury, Connecticut and moved to Atlanta six years ago to develop and grow the Atlanta market for Farmer & Betts, a small TPA firm based on the West Coast. Most recently, she served as the regional sales director at Kravitz, Inc., the nation’s leader in cash balance plan design, responsible for cash balance plan sales for the Southeast. She will report to Christina Gregory, vice president, Eastern Division.

Mandel also joined the firm Dec. 31, and will be the regional vice president covering the upper Midwest territory, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North and South Dakota. Mandel has more than 17 years of financial services experience and began his career as a retirement plan advisor and RVP at Gardiner & White in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to joining CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions, Mandel served as the regional sales manager for Milliman, a multi-national provider of defined benefit and defined contribution recordkeeping and administration services. He will be based out of St. Paul, Minnesota and report to Joe Eleccion, vice president, Western Division.

Swanson said these replacements round out the national sales team. "Both of these territories have proven to be high-producing regions. It was important to bring in a high level of talent to support these loyal advisors."

About CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions

CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions designs simple and practical retirement programs that help hard-working Americans save for the future. For more than 50 years, it has been a leading provider of qualified and nonqualified retirement solutions delivering service excellence and customer-focused, best-in-class products. With over $20 billion in assets under administration and more than 6,000 retirement plans in place, the company is helping more than 300,000 hard-working Americans save for the future. Its products, tools and resources work together to help achieve better employee outcomes. More information is available at www.benefitsforyou.com. and LinkedIn.


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