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Great-West Financial® builds team to serve financial institutions channel

Adds sales veteran to meet demand for Great-West Financial annuity and wealth transfer products

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., July 31, 2014 — Great-West Financial® announced today that it has appointed Jeff Arneson its newest wholesaler for its financial institutions markets. Arneson will work with financial institutions and their financial advisors in the sale of Great-West Financial annuity and life insurance products to individuals in Ohio and West Virginia.

“With about 10,000 Americans retiring each day, we’ve seen an increased demand for offerings that help individuals save for retirement and protect their financial security,” said Chris Bergeon, vice president, Financial Institutions Markets at Great-West Financial.  

“Bank advisors and their clients will benefit from Jeff’s decade-plus of experience in the Ohio and West Virginia financial services marketplaces,” Bergeon said. “He brings a concrete knowledge of annuities and wealth transfer products to this position. I’m confident he will be an immediate asset to our financial institution partners.”

Before joining Great-West Financial, Arneson spent more than 10 years with AIG Life and Retirement (AIG) as an external wholesaler and regional vice president. While at AIG, he was twice recognized as No. 1 in wealth transfer and annuity sales (2012 and 2013). In 2010, he was the top wholesaler for combined sales. Prior to his position with AIG, Arneson was an internal wholesaler for Invesco Ltd. in Denver.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Colorado State University and holds FINRA series 6, 63 and life and health insurance licenses.

Arneson is based near Dayton, Ohio, and reports to Kris Davis, national sales director at Great-West Financial.

About Great-West Financial
Great-West Financial® is a registered mark of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company. Headquartered in metro Denver, Great-West Financial administers $243.5 billion in assets for its 5.4 million retirement, insurance and annuity customers.

Great-West Financial is the nation’s second largest underwriter of life insurance sold through banks (BISRA Life Report, Fourth Quarter 2013, based on total premiums at Dec. 31, 2013) and fourth-largest retirement plan record keeper (Plansponsor, June 2014, based on total participant accounts at Dec. 31, 2013). It is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Great-West Lifeco Inc. and "A Member of the Power Financial Corporation Group of Companies" ®.

Great-West Financial® refers to products and services provided by Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company (GWL&A), Corporate Headquarters: Greenwood Village, CO, its subsidiaries and affiliates. Recordkeeping information and rankings reflect all recordkeeping customers of GWL&A subsidiary FASCore, LLC: those of institutional partners, third-party administrator clients and Great-West Financial. The trademarks, logos, and registered marks used are owned by GWL&A. “A Member of the Power Financial Corporation Group of Companies” is the registered mark of Power Corporation of Canada.


Molly Schlax
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Lisa Gigax
Director, Corporate Communications
Great-West Financial
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