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Sammons Appoints Christie Goodrich to Vice President

Christie Goodrich has joined Sammons Financial Group as the new Vice President of Pricing and Reinsurance. Based in the West Des Moines office, Christie will lead the pricing and implementation functions for the Life Division. She will collaborate on products and policies for Midland National, North American Company and other Sammons Financial Group member companies. 

Prior to joining Sammons Financial Group, Christie led Life Product Development and New Business Reinsurance at Global Atlantic and its predecessor company, Aviva, for 10 years. Christie graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in actuarial science and mathematics and statistics.

As a fellow in the Society of Actuaries, Christie serves on various counsels and groups, and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She also is deeply involved in the industry including a past position as president of the Iowa Actuaries Club.


Outside of work, Christie and her husband Jason live in Earlham, Iowa with their three children: Ella, Sam, and Ava. They enjoy golfing and relaxing at their lake home during their free time.

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