Award recipient photos

April 10, 2024

Ten COUNTRY Financial® Employees Receive CEO Award for Exemplary Work

Bloomington, IL. – Several COUNTRY employees are being recognized by CEO Jim Jacobs for the significant contributions they have made to the organization. The CEO Awards, which are part of COUNTRY’s employee recognition program, acknowledge extraordinary results or behaviors that have made a major impact.

“COUNTRY is a great place to work because of our people who come to work every day to do the very best for our clients,” said Jacobs. “This group of CEO Award winners demonstrates the client-first mindset that is so important to our high-performing culture, and I am proud to recognize and thank them for their efforts.”

The 2024 CEO Award winners are:

  • MacK Byers, Investment Portfolio Manager Associate
  • Derrick Duzan, Property/Casualty Actuary
  • Morgan Finley, COUNTRY Trust Bank Operations Supervisor
  • Christy Franklin, Project Consultant
  • Karl Miatke, Cloud Platforms and Services Manager
  • George Norcross,  Benefits Manager
  • Sarah Ogdon, Compensation Manager
  • Brad Schweitzer, Agency Business Intelligence
  • Cassie Smolen, Agribusiness Product Analyst
  • Jeremy Whaley, Direct Sales and Marketing Contact Center Manager

Congratulate the winners on LinkedIn.

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