Unified Life Insurance Company is a stock life insurance company, incorporated in Texas in May 2001, and owned by the Buchanan family. The company today is the successor to a previous Unified Life that was under the same ownership and management since 1986.
The company is currently licensed to conduct life, health and annuity insurance and reinsurance business in 49 states (all but New York) and the District of Columbia. Unified Life operates primarily as an acquirer of insurance companies or re-insurer of life, health and annuity risks written by other companies who do not wish to retain such business.
All administrative functions are handled from its offices in Overland Park, Kansas. In addition to the acquisition and reinsurance activities, the company offers policies in niche market on a direct sales basis.
Unified Life has maintained a strong capital position relative to its amount of insurance and investment risk, and the company has no debt.
William M. Buchanan, Chairman of the Board
In 1986, all the stock of Unified Life Insurance Company, a Texas life insurer, was acquired by William M. Buchanan, and is now owned by the Buchanan family.
Bill Buchanan is a major stockholder of Unified Life and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Bill has over 50 years of experience in the life, health and annuity industry, including extensive experience both as an actuarial consultant, and as an insurance company executive. Mr. Buchanan received a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from Drake University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Charter Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Jean Buchanan, Vice Chairman of the Board
Jean Buchanan is a major stockholder of Unified Life Insurance Company and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.She is in charge of special projects, with an emphasis on public relations and image of the Company. Jean has served the Unified Life since 1987, becoming a Director in 2007. Mrs. Buchanan received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Education, and Religious Studies, from Avila University.
Kevin A. Dill, President
Kevin Dill is President of Unified Life Insurance Company as of December 31, 2013. He joined the company in October 2008 and oversees the core business of the Company and joint ventures, as well as reviewing, pricing and purchasing new mergers and acquisitions. Kevin serves on the Board of Directors, Investment Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. Kevin has 13 years experience in health and life valuation. Mr. Dill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Kansas State University. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
James C. Knobel, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Jim Knobel is a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Unified Life Insurance Company. He joined the Company in April 2002 and is responsible for financial statement process and accuracy thereof, audits and examinations and Enterprise Risk Management. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors, the Investment Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. Jim has 30 years experience in the life, accident and health insurance industry. Jim received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Avila University.
Timothy J. Buchanan, Senior Vice President & Treasurer
Tim Buchanan is a shareholder, Senior Vice President, and the Treasurer of Unified Life Insurance Company. He is in charge of banking and business operations, and is a member of the Investment Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors. Tim has over 25 years experience in the life, accident and health insurance industry. Mr. Buchanan received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Pittsburg State University.
William M. Buchanan III, Senior Vice President
William M. (Buck) Buchanan is a shareholder, Director, and a Senior Vice President for Unified Life Insurance Company. He isresponsible for overseeing claims, customer service and reinsurance. Buck is a member of the Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee. Buck joined Unified Life in 1986 as a Vice President and, subsequently, was an original Director of Unified Life Insurance ofTexas in 2001. From 2001 to 2010, he left the Company to pursue other interests, returning in 2010. Mr. Buchanan attended the University of Texas in Austin.M
Mary M. Rixey, Secretary & Vice President
Mary Rixeyis the Corporate Secretary and Vice President of Unified Life Insurance Company. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee. Her duties include human resource management, corporate governance and statutory reporting. Mary began working for William M Buchanan & Associates, Consulting Actuaries, in January 1984, as the company’s Corporate Secretary. From 1986 to present, she has held the position of Corporate Secretary for Unified Life Insurance Company. She has30 years experience in the areas of accounting and regulatory insurance. Ms. Rixeyreceived a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Association of Professional Women.
Jill S. Leadbetter, Vice President
Jill Leadbetteris a Vice President of Unified Life Insurance Company, responsible for the area of information technology. She joined the Company in May 2000. Jill has experience in PC and system support, software development and acquisition conversions. Ms. Leadbetterattended Longview Community College and has training in many aspects of technology, including .NET, SQL Server database design and the Agile Methodology for software development.
Lesa L. Rowland, Vice President & Controller
LesaRowland is a Vice President and the Controller for Unified Life Insurance Company, joining the Company in September 2006. Among her duties are annual statement preparation, audit interface, financial reporting and supervision of premium accounting. Lesa has 30 years experience in the life, accident and health insurance industry. Ms. Rowland received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and a MBA with a Concentration in Entrepreneurship from Park University. She is a member of the Insurance Accounting & Systems Association (IASA).
Robert J. Eshleman, Vice President
Robert Eshleman serves as Vice President of Unified Life Insurance Company and has been with the Company for a combined four years since 2009. He oversees policy administration operations, with responsibilities in customer service, quality controland office services. Robert has experience in information technology as a business analyst and project manager; marketing, as a product implementation specialist; and as a market researcher and project manager for customer service/operations. Mr. Eshleman received his MBA from Liberty University, with an emphasis in leadership, and is currently working on a Doctorate in Leadership from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Guy V. Barker, Director
Guy Barker is a Director for Unified Life Insurance Company, having served May 2001 through April 2007, and August 2012 to present. He is a member of the Investment Committee and Audit Committee. Guy has over 40 years experience in the life, accident and health insurance industry, having held the positions of CEO and Chief Actuary in both the USA and UK. Mr. Barker received Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees from the University of Cambridge in England. He is a memberof the Society of Actuaries and Institute of Actuaries. Currently, he is teaching Actuarial Science at the University of Kent in England.
Ronald E. Miller, Director
Ron Miller is a Director for Unified Life Insurance Company, serving in that capacity since November 2012. He is a member ofthe Investment Committee. Ron has over 45 years experience in the tax accounting, insurance and reinsurance fields. Mr. Miller received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Accounting from Washburn University and a Master’s degree in Business and Finance from RockhurstUniversity. He has served as President of the Kansas City Chapter of Tax Executives Institute, Chairman of the Reinsurance Association of America Tax Committee and as a member of the National Association of Independent Insurers Tax Committee.