Board of Directors

Here at UTG we are dedicated to providing customer service that is second to none. We display this commitment each and every day through the actions of our qualified staff.

  • Jesse T. Correll


    Jess Correll, has been a Director of UTG since 1999, and served as Chairman and CEO of UTG and Universal Guaranty Life Insurance Company since 2000.  Mr. Correll is also a founding member of First Southern Bancorp, Inc. and has served as the organization’s Chairman and CEO since 1988.  He has been the President and Director of The River Foundation since 1990, and Manager and President of First Southern Funding, LLC since 1992.

    Outside of UTG and First Southern, Mr. Correll serves on the board of many faith based ministries including Crown Financial Ministries (2004 to 2009), Friends of the Good Samaritans (2005 – present), Generous Giving (2006 to 2009) and the National Christian Foundation (2006-present).

  • James P. Rousey

    Jimmy Rousey, President of UTG and Universal Guaranty Life Insurance Company since September 2006; Director of UTG and Universal Guaranty Life Insurance Company since September 2001; Chair of ACLI Forum 500 2015-16; Member of Board of Governors of ACLI since November 2014; Regional CEO and Director of First Southern National Bank from 1988 to 2001. Board member of the Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 2001-2005; Contact Ministries from 2007-2011; Amigos En Cristo Ministries from 2007-2009.

  • Randall L. Attkisson

    Randy Attkisson has served as a director of UTG since 1999, and currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a past President of UTG, and a founding member of First Southern Bancorp, where he served as Chief Financial Officer until July of 2008, and continues to serve as a board member.

    Mr. Attkisson’s career in the financial industry spans over 40 years and provided him with extensive oversight of all bank investments including fixed income, equities, real estate, resource land, oil & gas, and timberland. As CFO of First Southern Bancorp, he was directly involved in acquiring 10 banks, S&L’s, and 2 insurance holding companies with multiple life insurance company subsidiaries.

  • Joseph A. Brinck

    Joe Brinck has been a Director of UTG since 2003, and serves on the audit committee. He is the CEO of Stelter and Brinck, LTD, a manufacturer of industrial process heat equipment, including air pollution control equipment and process air heaters; and the President of Superior Thermal, Ltd. a manufacturer’s representative agency selling industrial gas burners and controls in the states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. “My businesses belong to Jesus and we state so in our corporate minutes and our mission and vision statements. We use our businesses to evangelize our employees, customers and suppliers. We use the profits to support pro-life organizations.” Mr. Brinck has served as the President of the Sanctity of Life Foundation, which strives to identify and support the most effective pro-life organizations and end legalized abortion, since 2001. He is also a founder of Ruah Woods Ministry and has served as the organization’s Vice President since 2009.

  • Thomas F. Darden, II

    Mr. Darden is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee, an investment company that invests in both private equity and venture capital. Beginning in 1984, Mr. Darden served for 16 years as the Chairman of Cherokee Sanford Group, a brick manufacturing and soil remediation company. From 1981 to 1983, he was a consultant with Bain & Company in Boston. From 1977 to 1978, he worked as an environmental planner for the Korea Institute of Science and Technology in Seoul, where he was a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar. Mr. Darden is on the Boards of Shaw University, the Institute for The Environment at the University of North Carolina and the Board of Governors of the Research Triangle Institute. Mr. Darden earned a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

  • Howard L. Dayton, Jr.

    Howard Dayton, has been a Director of UTG, Inc. since December 2005, and is currently the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. In 1985, Mr. Dayton founded Crown Ministries in Longwood, Florida. Crown Ministries merged with Christian Financial Concepts in September 2000 to form Crown Financial Ministries, the world’s largest financial ministry. He served as Chief Executive Officer from 1985 to 2007 and in 2009 founded Compass – Finances God’s Way. Mr. Dayton is a graduate of Cornell University. He developed The Caboose, a successful railroad-themed restaurant in Orlando, FL in 1969. In 1972 he began his commercial real estate development career, specializing in office development in the Central Florida area. He has authored five popular small group studies, produced several video series, and is the host for the nationally syndicated radio programs MoneyWise and HeyHoward. Asbury University named their business school the Howard Dayton School of Business.

  • Thomas Harmon

    Tom Harmon joined the UTG Board of Directors in March 2016, and currently serves on the Audit Committee. He has been the owner and President of Harmon Foods, Inc., a chain of retail supermarkets in the Springfield, Illinois area, since 1980. Mr. Harmon has been active in many charitable organizations over the years, including FCA, Washington Street Mission, and most recently as a Board Member with Amigos En Cristo Ministries, an organization serving one of the most disadvantaged parts of the world – Juarez, Mexico.

  • Gabe Molnar

    Gabe Molnar joined the UTG Board of Directors in June 2017 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Molnar is the Chief Financial Officer at Capstone Realty Inc., a commercial real estate development company in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a licensed CPA and real estate salesman in Kentucky. Prior to Capstone, Mr. Molnar worked as a Financial Analyst with Procter & Gamble and as a public company auditor and healthcare consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Molnar received an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and is also a graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.

  • Peter L. Ochs

    Pete Ochs has served as a Director of UTG since 2015, and is a member of the board’s Investment and Executive Compensation committees. He is founder of Capital III, a private equity investment firm located in Wichita, Kansas. Capital III provides impact investment capital and management with investments in manufacturing, real estate, energy, and education with a geographical focus on the US and Latin America. Prior to founding Capital III, Mr. Ochs spent 8 years in the commercial banking industry. Mr. Ochs graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business and finance. He also serves on the boards of the American Independence Funds and Trinity Academy.

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