March 23, 2011//Lincoln, Neb.// JoAnn Martin, CPA, FLMI, chair, president and chief executive officer of Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., a UNIFI company, announces two officer elections effective March 1.
Ann Diers was elected vice president – associate general counsel, variable contracts and AIC – Ameritas Life, effective March 1. Diers manages the securities law filing team, which has responsibility for the insurance companies’ variable contract filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. She is primarily responsible for federal securities law issues related to Ameritas Life and affiliated companies. She also provides counsel to Ameritas Investment Corp. concerning securities and investment advisory matters.
Diers joined Ameritas in 1994 as assistant general counsel, and held this position until 1999. She returned to the company in August 2006 as director and associate general counsel.
She graduated from Creighton University in Omaha with a B.A. degree in psychology, and earned her juris doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Currently, Diers is president of the Nebraska Women’s Bar Association. She also is a member of the Securities Law Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association.
Cheryl Heilman was elected senior vice president, chief compliance officer and risk management – Ameritas Investment Corp. (AIC), effective March 1. Heilman oversees the compliance and risk management functions, including compliance, due diligence, supervision, reporting, control and the financial area of AIC.
Heilman started her career with the company in 2002. During her years of service, positions she has held include chief administrative officer and chief operating officer for AIC.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Excelsior University.
Heilman holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 4, 63 and 65 securities licenses.
David Morris, FSA, MAAA, was elected vice president – individual product management – Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., First Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York, Acacia Life Insurance Company and The Union Central Life Insurance Company. Morris leads the life product management department, and is responsible for the development of all new life products and managing the financial aspects of in-force policies.
He began working for the company in 1991. He was in the corporate actuarial department for 12 years and has been in the individual product area since 2003.
Morris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Kentucky and his MBA from Xavier University.
Jeff Pytlinksi was elected second vice president – business development and relationship management – Ameritas Retirement Plans. Pytlinksi is primarily responsible for the development of new distribution channels and opportunities to sell Ameritas Retirement Plans products.
Pytlinksi joined the company in 1997 and has been in the retirement plans division for the duration. He has held numerous positions, including manager – participant services, and most recently, director – client relationship services,
He graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and a focus on management information systems
Pytlinksi holds the professional designations of QKA, Qualified 401(k) Administrator (ASPPA); APA, Accredited Pension Administrator (NIPA); and APR, Accredited Pension Representative (NIPA).
Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. and its affiliated companies provide a wide range of insurance and financial services to customers throughout the United States, including life insurance; annuities; disability income insurance; group dental, eye care and hearing care insurance; retirement plans; investments and public finance. Securities and investment advisory services offered through affiliate Ameritas Investment Corp. Member FINRA/SIPC. For more information, visit the web site at ameritas.com.
For more information, contact:
Scott Stuckey, vice president – corporate communications