Security Benefit Announces Addition of Four Regional Sales Leaders Focused on RIA Distribution Channel

TOPEKA, Kan., Aug. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Security Benefit Corporation (SBC), an emerging leader in the retirement savings and income market, announced today the addition of four sales veterans to its RIA and Independent Broker/Dealer sales distribution channel.

"We're hiring high-caliber professionals as our business continues to grow and we expand our market presence," said Mike Reidy, National Sales Manager, RIA and Independent Broker/Dealer Channel. "With their combined experience, robust relationships and results-oriented mindset, we expect that our positive sales trajectory will continue moving forward, and we're excited to welcome them to our team."

Matt Ahrens has been appointed as Regional Director for the Midwest Region. Ahrens has been with Security Benefit for six years with experience ranging from annuity administration, investment accounting, internal wholesaling responsibilities, and now as Regional Director. Ahrens is licensed with his Series 6, 63 and Illinois State Insurance license and resides in Streamwood, Ill. He is a graduate of Washburn University, Topeka.

Kevin Kleitz has more than 20 years of experience providing investment management solutions to Registered Investment Advisors, private wealth managers, investment consultants, and plan sponsors. Prior to Security Benefit, he held leadership positions at Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and SPC, a NYC-based boutique. He has a Bachelor's in Economics from the University of Vermont and attended NYU's Stern School of Business. He holds the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) designation and resides in Rockland County, N.Y.

Jonathan Poulis has been appointed Regional Director for the Southern Florida Region. Poulis' career includes several sales and management positions at ING Financial, MassMutual, Prudential Financial and most recently Jefferson National. Poulis holds a NASD Series 6 and 63 and resides in Wellington, Fla.

Jake Willis began his career as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, where he was in the top five percent in production nationally for his hiring class. Willis most recently was an internal wholesaler for MetLife Investors, where he also was recognized as the top performer in his hiring class. Willis, who assumes the role of Regional Director for the Western Region, studied business at Glendale College and resides in Corona, Calif.

"These professionals bring an in-depth understanding of the insurance industry and the complex retirement savings and income challenges facing advisors and their clients today," said Reidy. "Through the RIA and Independent Broker/Dealer distribution channels, these sales leaders will provide advisors across the country access to Security Benefit's complementary suite of powerful retirement savings and income solutions."

About Security Benefit Corporation

Security Benefit is a 121-year-old, Kansas-based insurance company which in recent years has become one of the fastest growing retirement savings and income companies in the industry. Through a combination of innovative products, exceptional investment management and a unique distribution strategy, we have become a leader in a full range of retirement markets and wealth segments. Security Benefit is indirectly controlled by Guggenheim Partners, LLC. To learn more about Security Benefit, visit

In all states except New York, variable annuities are issued by Security Benefit Life Insurance Company (SBL). In New York, variable annuities are issued by First Security Benefit Life Insurance and Annuity Company of New York (FSBL), Rye Brook, NY. Services are offered through and securities are distributed by Security Distributors, Inc. (SDI). SDI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SBL. SBL and FSBL are affiliates and are both wholly–owned by SBC. SBL is not authorized in, nor does it transact the business of insurance in the state of New York.

CONTACT: Media Contacts: Dan Mahoney, Communications Strategy Group (970) 405-8060 Michel' Cole, Security Benefit Corporation (785) 438-3396

Source: Security Benefit