Rob TeKolste is president of Sammons® Independent Annuity Group, a business division of Sammons FinancialSM.
Rob is responsible for the overall business strategy and leadership of Sammons Independent Annuity Group. This includes leading the fixed annuity distribution through independent agent channels, such as independent agents, Independent Marketing Organizations, and Registered Investment Advisors. He also oversees product development, the profitability of new business and in-force business, sales, and distribution relationships of fixed annuities within these channels. Rob is also the Site Leader of Sammons Financial Group’s Des Moines office.
Before he came to Sammons Financial in 1999 as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Sammons Annuity Group, Rob was vice president of Sales at Conseco (previously American Life and Casualty Insurance Company). With over 28 years of experience in the life insurance market, he has continually worked to achieve aggressive growth goals by identifying market needs, implementing sales programs, and building teams of innovators.Rob serves on the Junior Achievement of Iowa board, an organization that offers programs to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy to students in grades kindergarten-12th. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in business administration and management from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Rob has also achieved the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation.