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Ameritas announces recent officer elections

Jun 12, 2020 | Company Updates, News Releases

LINCOLN, Nebraska (June 15, 2020) – Ameritas President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Lester announces the following officer elections, effective June 1.

Scott Holechek

Scott Holechek was elected second vice president – business development in retirement plans. His previous title was second vice president – client relationship services.

Holechek earned a B.A. degree with an emphasis in finance, accounting and management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He holds the professional designation of FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute) and CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist). Holechek holds the FINRA Series 6 securities license. He is the past president and current education committee member of the Nebraska International ISCEBS (Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists) and serves on the LOMA retirement committee.

Laura Fender

Laura Fender  was elected senior vice president and controller – accounting and finance. She recently joined Ameritas with senior-level experience in the financial services industry.

Fender earned a B.S.B.A degree in accounting from Creighton University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. Fender also serves on the Completely Kids, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska and FEI (Financial Executives International) Omaha chapter boards of directors.

John McCarthy

John McCarthy  was elected vice president – customer service in retirement plans. His previous position was second vice president – client services.

McCarthy earned a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, 24 and 51 securities licenses. McCarthy was recognized as a 2019 LIMRA Rising Star in Retirement and serves on the LOMA Education and Training Council.

Christy Neighbors

Christy Neighbors  was elected senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Ameritas Mutual Holding Company, Ameritas Holding Company and Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. Neighbors will continue to hold the title for Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York. Her previous title was senior vice president, assistant corporate secretary.

Neighbors earned a B.A. degree in psychology and a minor in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Neighbors has practiced law in Nebraska for over two decades. She holds the professional designation of ALMI (Associate, Life Management Institute). Neighbors serves as the ACLI (American Council of Life Insurers) legal section chair-elect and is secretary and board member for the Nebraska Insurance Federation. In 2015, Neighbors received the NAIC Dineen Award for her outstanding service and contribution to state regulation of insurance.

Scott Holechek

Robert Sharp was elected head of the independent distribution channel. His previous position was vice president – shared distribution sales development.

Sharp earned a B.S. degree in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He also studied at West Virginia University, Morgantown, where he earned a B.S. degree in finance and a Juris Doctor. He is a member of AALU (Leadership for Advanced Life Underwriting) and LIMRA (Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association). Sharp holds the FINRA Series 6 securities license and is a licensed life and health insurance agent. Sharp also serves on the Flatwater Shakespeare Company board of directors.

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 and investment advisory services offered through affiliate Ameritas Investment Company LLC., member FINRA/SIPC. For more information, visit