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Ameritas announces recent officer elections

Oct 13, 2020 | Company Updates

LINCOLN, Nebraska (October 10, 2020) – Ameritas President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Lester announces the following officer elections, effective October 1.

Daryl Bell
Daryl Bell was elected vice president – actuarial for the individual division. His previous position was second vice president – actuarial.

Bell earned a B.S. degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He holds the professional designation of FSA (Fellow of the Society of Actuaries) and is a member of the AAA (American Academy of Actuaries). Bell serves as a trustee of the Lutheran Education Foundation.

Shannon Berry
Shannon Berry was elected second vice president – practice management for the individual division. Her previous position was director – sales training and education.

Berry earned a B.S. degree in management from Bellevue University. She holds the professional designations of FLMI (Fellow Life Management Institute) and CLU (Certified Life Underwriter). Berry also holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 66 registrations, and is a licensed life, health and property insurance agent. She is a member of FPA (Financial Planning Association), Women in Financial Services and NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors).

Brian Strasser
Brian Strasser was elected second vice president – transition for the individual division agency and advisor team. He recently joined Ameritas with over 25 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry.

Strasser earned a B.S. degree in finance and banking and an M.B.A degree with an emphasis in finance from the University of Nebraska Omaha. He holds the FINRA Series 7 securities license.

Dave Voelker
David Voelker was elected senior vice president – transformation office. His previous title was vice president – information technology.

Voelker earned a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky. He is a member of CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association), FTPA (FinTech Professionals Association), ITA (Insurance Technology Association) and the Novarica Research Council.

Wang Heifeng

Haifeng Wang was elected vice president – actuarial. Her previous position was second vice president – actuarial.

Wang earned a B.S. degree in finance from Renmin University, Beijing, China, and a M.S. degree in energy and mineral economics from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn. She holds the professional designation of FSA (Fellow of the Society of Actuaries) and is a member of the AAA (American Academy of Actuaries). Wang also earned a certification in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy from MIT Sloan Executive Education.



About Ameritas®
Ameritas is a marketing name for Ameritas Mutual Holding Company and its affiliated subsidiary companies, including Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. and Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York. Founded in 1887, Ameritas offers a wide range of insurance and financial products and services to individuals, families and businesses. These products and services include life insurance; annuities; individual disability income insurance; group dental, vision and hearing care insurance; retirement plans; investments; asset management; and public finance. Securities offered through affiliate Ameritas Investment Company LLC., member FINRA/SIPC and investment advisory services offered through the business name of Ameritas Advisory Services. For more information, visit