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1958: Company purchased by Reserve Life Insurance Company, Dallas

Midland National 1958 History
In 1958, Reserve Life Insurance Company based in Dallas, Texas, acquired the majority of Midland National stock. Charles A. Sammons, sole shareholder and president of Reserve Life, owned eight other life insurance companies and had been active in the business for 30 years. 

In addition to health and life insurance companies, Sammons acquired control or substantial stock interests in diverse industries. These businesses included hotels, travel related companies, equipment, industrial and energy distribution, cable television, bottled water, real estate and manufacturing. Sammons had admired the rapid growth of Midland National, which had doubled its life insurance in force during the prior five years.

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Jackie Cockrum, Associate Vice President at Sammons Financial Group (SFG), was named one of LIMRA’s Retirement Rising Stars for 2018. This award recognizes financial services professionals under 40 who have implemented innovative ways to accomplish their day-to-day jobs. Jackie works on improving service delivery for SFG’s Annuity Operations and has been with the company for over five years. She also has experience in driving performance in operations and business strategy.
SFG, Midland National’s parent company, emphasizes career development for the younger generation of leaders in financial services, and we celebrate this recognition of Jackie’s work. LIMRA, a research organization for life and health insurance companies, is also committed to highlighting the achievements of upcoming leaders in the financial services sector. Please join us in congratulating Jackie on this award, and learn more about LIMRA and the Retirement Rising Stars program here.

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Midland National’s 75th anniversary celebration kicked off with newspaper ads and radio spots proclaiming, “As we look forward to our 75th Anniversary, we salute our people… more than three hundred reasons why Midland National is a great insurance company. We wish you could meet all of them because these are the people with the talent, the skill, and the ideas that make us a strong, successful, growing company.”