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John Gardner Shillestad

John Gardner Shillestad, American diversified financial services company executive. Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter; Chartered Financial Consultant.

Background

  • Shillestad, John Gardner was born on October 31, 1934 in Oak Park, Illinois, United States. Son of John Nelson and Isabel Blanche (Gardner) Shillestad.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Business Administration, Northwestern University, 1964. Master of Business Administration, Northwestern University, 1967.

    Career

    • Marketing director special plans CNA Financial Corporation Insurance, Chicago, 1958-1966. Assistant vice president Montgomery Ward Life, 1966-1969. President, Chief Executive Officer Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company, 1969-1979.

      Senior vice president Hartford Life Companies, Connecticut, 1979-1985, also board directors, 1985-1987. President JGS Finance Services, Inc., 1987—2007, Columbian Mutual Life Insurance Company, Binghamton, New York, 1987—2007. Chairman Columbian Life Ins Co, Washington National Life New York.

      With Golden Eagles Sales Corporation, 1997—2007. Board directors Reassure Am, Valley Forge Life Insurance Company, 2004. With United States Army, 1954-1956.

    Major achievements

    • Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter. Chartered Financial Consultant.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    Denomination: Congregationalist

    Membership

    Member Bd Education, Dist 30, Northbrook, Illinois, 1976—1979. Mem advanced bd State University of New York Sch Mgt, Binghamton, Kellogg Sch Bus, Northwestern University. Bd dirs Salvation Army, Binghamton, Partnership 2000, Southern Tier Equity Fund.

    Member of Broome County CofC (bd dirs), Pelican Marsh Golf Club (Naples, Fla), Sunset Ridge Club (Northfield, Ill).

    Connections

    • Married Astri Cedervall. Children: Christine C, Annette.
    • father: John Nelson Shillestad
    • mother: Isabel Blanche (Gardner) Shillestad
    • spouse: Astri Cedervall
    • children: Christine C. Shillestad
    • Annette Shillestad
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    Born October 31, 1934
    Nationality
    • 1964
      Northwestern University
    • 1967
      Northwestern University
    • 1958 - 1966
      Marketing director, special plans CNA Insurance
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1966 - 1969
      assistant, vice president Montgomery Ward Life
    • 1969 - 1979
      president, Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company
    • 1969 - 1979
      Chief Executive Officer, Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company
    • 1979 - 1985
      senior, vice president Hartford Life Companies
      Connecticut, United States
    • 1987 - 2007
      president, JGS Finance Services
      Binghamton, New York, United States
    • 1987 - 2007
      president, JGS Finance Services
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