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SECURA honors retiring Vice President–IT Jeff Bemis,
hires Todd Thiel

Appleton, Wisconsin (Nov. 4, 2015) —

SECURA Insurance Vice President–Information Technology, Jeff Bemis, is retiring Dec. 31, 2015 after 21 years of service. The company hired Todd Thiel as new Vice President–Information Technology to take over leadership of its IT division upon Bemis’ retirement.

Bemis began his career in the insurance industry nearly 40 years ago after graduating cum laude from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He joined SECURA in 1995 as Director–Information Technology, and also served as Vice President–Personal Lines Underwriting from 2001-2006. He was promoted to his current position of Vice President–Information Technology and Chief Information Officer in 2006.

“Through the years, Jeff has helped develop our company's culture by fostering caring, dedicated, and genuine relationships among associates,” said Dave Gross, President and CEO. “His ability to bring people together to get things done, often with limited resources, is second to none. He’s helped build a solid foundation for the next phase in our company’s IT strategy.”

Todd Thiel joined SECURA in 2015 as incoming Vice President–Information Technology to lead the company’s IT team upon Bemis’ retirement. He has more than 18 years of combined IT and corporate strategy experience in the insurance industry and other fields. Prior to SECURA, Todd served as Vice President–Information Technology and Vice President–Application Development for Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance. He also held management roles with Schreiber Foods and Kimberly-Clark.

“We knew it was important to find someone who could build on Jeff's accomplishments and help us keep pace with emerging technologies to lead our company into the future,” said Gross. “Todd’s combined background in IT and the insurance industry, along with his leadership, vision, and expertise, will equip our company to succeed even further through an ever-evolving marketplace and technological advances.”

Thiel earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Marquette University. 

SECURA Insurance is headquartered in Appleton, Wis. More than 450 independent insurance agencies in 12 states represent the company, which provides a broad range of competitive commercial, personal, farm, nonprofit, and special events products. It is known for providing exceptional service to its agents and policyholders since 1900, and is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best for its excellent ability to meet policyholder obligations. The carrier was named to Ward’s Top 50 for outstanding results in financial performance and consistency over a five-year period. Visit to learn more.

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