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Kimberly Shaul promoted to Senior Vice President

National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors appointed Kimberly A. Shaul, J.D., as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary.

Shaul began her career with NGL in 2014 as Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. During her tenure with NGL she has been responsible for leading and directing all legal matters relating to NGL and its subsidiaries and has provided legal expertise on a variety of insurance regulatory and compliance issues.

“Kim’s extensive background in insurance has proven valuable in her role as General Counsel. She’s played a major role in NGL’s growth and development and her expertise will continue to be integral to NGL’s ongoing success as we look toward the future,” said Knut A. Olson, President & CEO of NGL.

Prior to her role at NGL, she served in both legal and business leadership roles for several insurance companies and for the State of Wisconsin. Shaul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and Juris Doctorate from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shaul serves as Vice Chair for the State of Wisconsin’s College Savings Program Board and is also a director on SSM Health St. Mary’s Foundation Board.

About NGL

Since 1910, National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL), a mutual insurance company, has been located in Madison, Wis. Licensed to do business in 49 states and the District of Columbia, NGL markets preneed and individual life and annuities, as well as group markets products including specialty and student insurance. Information about NGL can be found at www.nglic.com; Facebook: Facebook.com/NGLIC and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/national-guardian-life-insurance-company

National Guardian Life Insurance Company is not affiliated with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America a/k/a The Guardian or Guardian Life.

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Albert L. Toon Jr. appointed to National Guardian Life Insurance Company Board of Directors

National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) is pleased to announce that Albert L. Toon Jr. is appointed to its Board of Directors. Toon is rejoining the Board of Directors after previously serving from 2003 to 2017.

“We are excited for Al to rejoin the NGL Board of Directors. Al is an experienced business owner and professional who will provide valuable leadership and strategic direction as NGL continues to grow, expand and enhance our product offerings,” said Knut A. Olson, NGL President & CEO.

“I am pleased to be on the Board of Directors for NGL. I look forward to representing the best interests of policyholders and collaborating with all of the Board members and leaders as we guide NGL on maximizing its opportunities for success,” said Toon.

Members of the NGL Board of Directors include Elizabeth M. Burns (President & CEO, Morgan Murphy Media), Amie T. Goldman (Chief Strategy Officer, Quartz Health Solutions), F. Curtis Hastings (Retired Chairman, J.H. Findorff & Son), Erik S. Johnson (Chairman and CEO, Hy Cite Enterprises), David W. Kruger (Chairman and CEO, Fiore Companies), John D. Larson (Chairman Emeritus, Retired CEO, NGL), Knut A. Olson (President & CEO, NGL), Daniel P. Olszewski (Director, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Wisconsin-Madison), David G. Walsh (Chairman, Attorney and Retired Partner, Foley & Lardner), Judith B. Ward (Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search), and Gary J. Wolter (Chairman, Retired President & CEO, MGE Energy and Madison Gas and Electric Company).

Toon is currently owner of Olson Toon Landscaping, Inc., a comprehensive design-build residential and commercial outdoor services company located in Verona, Wis. In addition, he owns AT8 and Lealep Companies, is a founder and serves as a director for Capitol Bank of Madison, Wis., and is a managing board member and owner of several Wisconsin Burger King franchises. He also owns, develops and manages real estate in Wisconsin and Arizona.

After setting several school football records while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Toon played professional football for eight seasons with the New York Jets. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and is known as one of the best wide receivers in the Jets’ history.

Toon is an active member of the Madison community. He has served as president of the University of Wisconsin’s National W Club, and volunteers with various nonprofit organizations, including Arthritis Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and Middleton Outreach Ministries.

About NGL

Since 1910, National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL), a mutual insurance company, has been located in Madison, Wis. Licensed to do business in 49 states and the District of Columbia, NGL markets preneed and individual life and annuities, as well as group markets products including specialty and student insurance. Information about NGL can be found at www.nglic.com; Facebook: Facebook.com/NGLIC and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/national-guardian-life-insurance-company

National Guardian Life Insurance Company is not affiliated with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America a/k/a The Guardian or Guardian Life.

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SMBA Progressive Luncheon

Please join us on Thursday, August 15th, for a three-course meal and a full luncheon of networking! Members and guests will have the opportunity to meet with several different groups to share information about themselves and their business. This luncheon is always a huge hit because attendees are able to spend the majority of their time making connections. As guests mingle, they will be served a 3-course meal. We look forward to seeing a full crowd!

Guests are welcome and encouraged. Please note, however, for this luncheon, first-time guests are required to pay the $25 fee in order to cover the extra food that will be provided.

If you have not renewed your membership, you will also be asked to pay the guest fee.

Registration deadline is noon on Tuesday, August 13th, and you can register on our website at www.smba-madison.org.

** Please note. Our website is still new and has a few tweaks that need to be made. You will be asked to sign in and create a password. If you experience any trouble with the process or find that you are not in the system, please contact Kristen at smba@smba-madison.org. Thank you for your patience as we transition!

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Elyse Smithback joins Park Bank

MADISON, Wis. — Park Bank, a locally-owned community bank founded in 1966, is pleased to announce that Elyse Smithback has joined Park Bank as First Vice President – Business Banking. Elyse began her career as a teller nearly 20 years ago, and along the way, she has worked in almost every aspect of banking. This diverse background, along with her degree from UW Whitewater in Liberal Studies and Finance, paved the way for her success as a business banker today. Elyse prides herself in her ability to cultivate deep relationships with her clients, working hard each day to improve her clients’ financial wellbeing. She is active in the community as the President of both the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce and After School Clubs, Inc. of Oregon.

About Park Bank:

Park Bank is Madison’s longest serving community bank with nearly 200 employees and $1 billion in assets. Park Bank provides services to Dane County residents and businesses that help them achieve their dream – whether it’s a new home or a start-up business. Each year, Park Bank contributes approximately $250,000 to local charities, as well as hundreds of hours of volunteer time, as a re-investment in our communities.

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Concero CEO & Founder, Amy Arenz, Publishes Column In Forbes On Text Message Recruiting

Concero, a software recruiting firm in Madison, WI, has a team of highly skilled recruiters who stay up-to-date on the latest trends in their industry. One of those trends is text message recruiting, and it is a tool that Concero recruiters use to enhance the relationships they build with prospective hires.

Founder and CEO, Amy Arenz, published a column in Forbes: How And When To Text While Recruiting For Software. In the column, she provides her professional insight on the benefits and the do’s and don’ts of text message recruiting. Learn more about Concero and their unique approach to recruiting.