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


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


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


Marketing director special plans, CNA Insurance, Chicago, 1958-1966;assistant vice president, Montgomery Ward Life, Chicago, 1966-1969;president, chief Executive officer, Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company, Chicago, 1969-1979;senior vice president, Hartford Life Companies, Connecticut, 1979-1985;also board directors, Hartford Life Companies, Connecticut, 1985-1987;president, JGS Finance Superior vena cava syndrome, Inc., since 1987;president, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer,, Columbian Mutual Life Insurance Company, Binghamton, New York, since 1987. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Columbian Life Insurance Company. Chairman, Board Of Directors, Chief Executive Officer Washington National Life New York.

Chief Executive Officer Golden Eagles Sales Corporation, since 1997.


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


Member Board Education, District 30, Northbrook, Illinois, 1976-1979. Board directors Salvation Army, Binghamton, Partnership 2000, Southern Tier Equity Fund. Member of advisory board State University of New York School Management, Binghamton, Kellogg School Business, Northwestern University.

Member Broome County Chamber of C. (board directors), Sunset Ridge Club (Northfield, Illinois), Binghamton Country Club, City Club of Binghamton, Sky Club (New York City).


Married Astri Cedervall. Children— Christine C., Annette.

John Nelson Shillestad

Isabel Blanche (Gardner) Shillestad

Astri Cedervall

Christine C. Shillestad

Annette Shillestad