Leadership

Joe Wieser

CEO and President
About Joe

Joe Wieser

CEO and President


Joe Wieser is the President of Guaranty Income Life Insurance Company. Joe has more than 28 years of leadership, strategy, operational and sales/marketing experience in the annuity, life and health insurance industry. He recently served five years as President of Colorado Bankers Life. During his career, he has held leadership roles overseeing all insurance company functions. Previously, his executive experience includes working at MassMutual, Dearborn National, Starmount Life and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Joe is a graduate of Metropolitan State University in Denver and holds his CLU, ChFC and FLMI financial/insurance professional designations.

Forrest Mills

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
About Forrest

Forrest Mills

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer


In June 1999, Forrest Mills, CPA, FLMI, was hired as GILICO’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. His successful tenure in the financial services area includes seven years as a Certified Public Accountant and 25 years in the life insurance industry. Forrest served as Treasurer and Controller for the State National Companies for five years before it was sold to Liberty Life Insurance Company. At Liberty, Forrest was the Director of Audit Services.

Deborah Tatro, GILICO, Baton Rouge

Deborah Tatro

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Compliance
About Deborah
Deborah Tatro, GILICO, Baton Rouge

Deborah Tatro

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Compliance


Deborah Tatro joined GILICO in 2017.  She brings more than 30 years of experience in life, health, disability, and annuity underwriting, operations, and field management.  She previously served as EVP & COO and Member of the Board of Directors for GCU in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Her duties there included front office (sales and product development), back office (contact center, new business entry, underwriting, claims, field operations), and technology (application development, systems security, and infrastructure).  Previously, Deborah handled new product development, sales support, and compliance for the Manhattan Insurance Group in Houston, Texas.

Joy Lee, GILICO, Louisiana

Joy Lee

Vice President, Sales
About Joy
Joy Lee, GILICO, Louisiana

Joy Lee

Vice President, Sales


Joy Lee joined Guaranty in 1995. She previously served as Licensing Coordinator and then AVP of Sales. She manages the Sales Team and works with David Royer, GILICO’s National Sales Director, to develop marketing and training materials. Joy serves on the ACLI Distribution Committee and holds the ALMI, AIAA, and ACS designations from the Life Office Management Association (LOMA).

Terry Ezell, Vice President of Operations

Terry Ezell

Vice President, Operations
About Terry
Terry Ezell, Vice President of Operations

Terry Ezell

Vice President, Operations


Terry Ezell joined GILICO in 1995. She has led business development, policyholder services, and project management, and has worked in various roles, including payroll (CPP) and finance. She holds FLMI and ACS designations from the Life Office Management Association (LOMA).  She previously worked as a finance and accounting consultant.

David F. Royer, National Sales Director

David F. Royer

National Sales Director
About David
David F. Royer, National Sales Director

David F. Royer

National Sales Director


More than 40 years ago, David F. Royer entered the financial services industry after completing his military obligation. His impressive background includes management positions with Metropolitan Life, Illinois Mutual, and Columbia Universal Life. In 2002, David joined the GILICO team as Regional Sales Director and currently serves as the company’s National Sales Director. Dave is focused on training GILICO marketing advisors who distribute the company’s consumer-focused products and services.

Ann Mengelson-Clark, GILICO

Ann Mengelson-Clark

Vice President of Transformation and Technology
About Ann
Ann Mengelson-Clark, GILICO

Ann Mengelson-Clark

Vice President of Transformation and Technology


Ann Mengelson-Clark recently joined the team at the Kuvare platform level. She was previously the Corporate Technology Officer for Guaranty Corporation, and joined GILICO in 1998. Ann earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from Louisiana State University, and her broad technical leadership background includes more than 21 years of experience in the life insurance and annuity industry.