Tony Mravle Jr. Appointed as Chief Executive Officer at KSKJ

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On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to share a matter of importance regarding a change of leadership at KSKJ Life.

Following a successful 45-year career, of which seventeen were as CEO, Anthony T. Mravle has retired as CEO effective January 1, 2018. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tony Mravle Jr, Chief Information Officer, has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Rudy2One of the most important responsibilities of the Board is to ensure the stability and future viability of our organization. Along with strategic planning and risk management, the Board is responsible for managing the CEO and ensuring back-up and succession plans are in place.

Finding and retaining the right leaders is a difficult task for any organization. It is critical to identify the person that has the right combination of education, experience, skills, values, and organizational fit, not only for the present moment but for the future. It is also important to ensure that the collective leadership team has the necessary characteristics to support each other and successfully manage the array of serious responsibilities required for leading a fraternal life insurance organization.

We have experienced this challenge in our own organization. Tony Sr retired from the CEO position in the fall of 2012. Unfortunately, during the following year the Board felt it was necessary to ask him to return, and Tony Sr agreed to resume CEO duties.

Thankfully for KSKJ Life, it was during that period of transition that Tony Jr. was hired as VP of Fraternalism and Communications.

A life-long member, Tony Mravle Jr began working with us in 2004 as a consultant, supporting Julie Schneller with the creation of our Young Adult Leadership Conference, the first of which was held in Chicago in 2005. Since his hire as a full-time employee in 2012, Tony Jr has served on the home office executive committee and has played a key role in guiding KSKJ Life’s expansion of fraternal support and member benefits, technology innovation, branding and marketing development, and talent acquisition and growth. Tony Jr holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, the FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute) designation, and the PHR (Professional, Human Resources) certification.

This transition and the new appointment are exciting milestones in the history of KSKJ Life.tony2

Tony Mravle Sr. originally joined KSKJ in 1972 as the Treasurer, and held several leadership positions before being appointed as CEO toward the end of 1999. During his time in that role, Tony Sr. led the society through a sustained period of significant development by executing key strategies for product expansion and asset growth. Among the highlights are KSKJ Life’s development of a strong independent agent distribution channel, expansion into new states, successful new releases of fixed annuities and final expense products. Since 2000, KSKJ Life has experienced incredible increases in membership growth and assets (from $50M to $500M).

In his new role, Tony Sr will continue to serve as Investment Manager, reporting directly to the Board of Directors, as he transitions these and other duties to the executive team. There is an excellent staff and strong leadership team in place at the home office that will continue in their roles, including Stuart Buchanan, Chief Operations Officer; Paul Kaiser, Director, Agent Sales; Kathy Lovati, Manager, Agent Sales; and Brian Sharp, VP Information Technology.

Tony Sr will leave a considerable legacy, and we’re grateful for his inspiring leadership over the years. We’ll look forward to working with he and Tony Jr to ensure KSKJ Life is positioned for continued success through a robust transition plan.

I want to thank the Board for their leadership, service, and dedication to KSKJ Life.

Fraternally,

Rudolph Krasovec Jr
Chair, KSKJ Life Board of Directors

 

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