Germania Today | Summer 2022

Germania transitions CEO to Ehlert Keller from

In 2021, Germania President and CEO Paul Ehlert informed the Germania Board of Directors of his desire to retire after leading Germania for more than 10 years. Effective May 17, 2022, Paul officially handed off the company’s leadership role to Brandon Keller. “I have enjoyed my time at Germania and serving as its president and CEO,” said Ehlert. “Germania’s culture and community set it apart from other insurance companies, and our employees and agents are committed to providing the best customer experience.” Paul joined Germania in June 2004 as executive vice president. In January 2005, he was appointed first vice president to oversee the Information Services, Marketing, Training, and Corporate departments as well as legislative and other corporate responsibilities. Paul was appointed as president and CEO in July 2011. During Paul’s tenure as president and CEO, Germania grew direct written premium by more than 70%, and surplus increased over 50%. Taking over the leadership reins is Brandon Keller, who represents the eighth president since Germania Farm Mutual’s formation in 1896. “I appreciate the confidence Germania’s Board of Directors has in me, and I eagerly await

serving our agents, employees and policyholders,” said Keller. Brandon Keller joined Germania in 2004 as corporate actuary. He was promoted to assistant vice president in 2006, then to executive vice president and chief actuary in 2017. He has provided executive leadership to the Actuarial, Sales & Marketing, and Data & Business Intelligence departments. Brandon and his wife reside in Brenham with their two children. Brandon is a 1995 graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering. He became a member of the American Academy of Actuaries in 1997 and a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society in 1998. He has also served on the management conference planning committee for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC). “Brandon has been a key member of the senior leadership team with deep knowledge of Germania’s culture, strategy, and business,” said Dathan Voelter, chair of the Board’s search committee. “He is an outstanding leader, and we are fortunate to have such a talented executive continue building on the strong momentum achieved under Paul’s leadership.”

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