The Sammons Retirement Solutions management team is comprised of seasoned professionals with decades of experience in developing financial planning solutions.
Bill is President of Sammons Institutional Group®, Inc. (SIG), a member company of Sammons® Financial Group, Inc. SIG provides retirement solutions to financial professionals through its wholesale divisions, Sammons Retirement Solutions® and Midland Retirement Distributors®. Both divisions specialize in developing and distributing individual retirement solutions through broker/dealers and banks.
Prior to joining Sammons Financial Group in 2011, Bill spent 17 years at ING in a variety of leadership roles, including President of ING Individual Retirement Distribution, CEO of U.S. Annuities, President of ING Wealth Management Wholesale Distribution, President of Corporate and Individual Markets, and President of the ING Financial Horizons business. Prior to ING, he was in sales leadership with Lincoln Benefit Life Company.
Over 30 years in the financial services industry, Bill has managed a broker/dealer, run 401(k), IRA, and annuity businesses, and has a successful track record creating and distributing 401(k)s, variable annuities, fixed annuities, life insurance, mutual fund products, and managed accounts.
Bill has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Doane College. He has participated in executive programs at Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago, and completed the CEDEP General Management Program at Insead in Fountainebleu, France. He is a General Securities Principal, Investment Advisory Representative, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Fellow of the Life Management Institute. He is currently on the board of the Insured Retirement Institute in Washington, D.C., and Freedom for Youth in Des Moines, Iowa.
Vice President, Head of Sales and Business Development
Melissa Scheuerman joined the company in June of 2011. Melissa's current responsibilities as VP, Head of Sales and Business Development for Sammons Institutional Group®, Inc., include overseeing the broker/dealer relationships and marketing efforts.
Before joining Sammons® Financial Group, Inc., Melissa spent more than 10 years at ING in various positions. Most recently, Melissa was VP, Business Development. Her responsibilities included broker/dealer account management with a focus on the NYSE and Bank Channels. Melissa also served as Business Relationship Manager, focusing on Operations and Technology initiatives.
Melissa is a graduate of Iowa State University with BS degrees in Psychology and Spanish. She also holds an MA in English from Central Missouri State University. Melissa holds her Series 6, 63, 26, 65, and 99 licenses.
Prior to entering the financial services industry, Melissa was a high school Spanish teacher. She currently resides in West Des Moines, IA.
Head of Sales—SIG
Greg Bonzagni is Head of Distribution for Sammons Institutional Group®. Having joined the company in October 2011, he oversees all day-to-day management of the Sammons Retirement Solutions® and Midland Retirement Distributors® internal and external sales teams.
Greg brings more than 20 years of industry experience to this role, including sales and sales management positions for asset management and insurance products at companies such as Principal Global Investors, ING, JPMorgan, and MFS.
Greg is an engaging speaker on industry trends and practice management, and he frequently presents at industry conferences around the country.
Greg earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds his Series 6, 63, 26, and 7 licenses.
Vice President, Sales and Compliance Administration
Stacy Bagby is Vice President, Sales and Compliance Administration for Sammons Institutional Group®, Inc., having joined the company in June of 2011. She is responsible for overseeing all sales administration functions, including data management, reporting and analytics, strategic planning, project management, compensation administration, budget and expense management, technology and systems support, fund revenue administration, 38a-1 compliance, and regulatory document management.
Prior to joining Sammons® Financial Group, Inc., Stacy spent 17 years at ING and its predecessor companies in a variety of positions, including Head of Value-Added Programs, Head of Specialty Markets, Six Sigma Black Belt, Director of Distributor Communications, and Project Manager.
Stacy has nearly 30 years of financial services experience, having started her career as a registered representative with New England Financial.
She is a past member of Sammons Financial Group's Community Involvement Committee and is active with Children & Family Urban Movement.
Stacy is a graduate of AIB College of Business and holds a degree in Business Administration. She is also a graduate of Drake University's Executive Leadership Program. She is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.