The Standard Appoints Two New Retirement Plan Consultants

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- StanCorp Equities, Inc. ("The Standard"), a subsidiary of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. (NYS: SFG) , announces the appointment of two new retirement plan consultants for its Central Sales Region.

Mike Flahaven will support retirement plan advisors in northern Illinois and Wisconsin. Flahaven has worked in the retirement plan services industry for nearly 30 years. Prior to joining The Standard, he served as a Regional Sales Director for One America/AUL Retirement Services. He previously held key management and sales leadership positions at Firstar Bank Trust Company, Royal American Bank Investment Services and First Colonial Bank Investment Services.


Flahaven is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned a bachelor's degree in finance. He also earned his MBA degree in marketing from Dominican University. He holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC®) designations, as well as the FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 securities licenses. He holds state insurance licenses for Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and Iowa. He is involved with several non-profit organizations including the Chick Evans Scholar Foundation, Arlington Heights Youth Basketball Association and Arlington Heights Youth Athletic Association.

Brian Forneris will support advisors in Michigan, northern Ohio and northern Indiana. Forneris has worked in the financial services industry for more than 10 years with a focus on retirement plans. Prior to joining The Standard, he served as a Senior Sales Representative in Retirement Services for Principal Financial Group. He also served as a Sales Representative, Benefit & Planning Counselor and Senior Account Executive for the firm. He served for four years in the United States Navy in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he received an Honorable Discharge in 1996.

Forneris is a graduate of Western Illinois University. He holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and Certified Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS®) designations, as well as the FINRA Series 6, 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses. He holds state insurance licenses for Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. He is a regular volunteer with the local United Way chapter and recently completed the Tough Mudder Challenge in Ohio.

"Both Mike and Brian have tremendous experience assisting retirement plan advisors in the Midwest," said Steve Loseff, regional sales director for The Standard's Central Region. "Their ability to show them how The Standard can complement their services to help deliver a customized retirement plan solution to their clients will serve them well."

About The Standard

The Standard is a leading provider of financial products and services, including group and individual disability insurance, group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, group dental and vision insurance, absence management services, retirement plans products and services, individual annuities and investment advice. For more information about The Standard, visit www.standard.com.

The Standard is the marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. StanCorp Equities, Inc., member FINRA, wholesales a group annuity contract issued by Standard Insurance Company and a mutual fund trust platform for retirement plans. Third-party administrative services are provided by Standard Retirement Services, Inc. Investment advisory services are provided by StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., a registered investment advisor. StanCorp Equities, Inc., Standard Insurance Company, Standard Retirement Services, Inc. and StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc. are subsidiaries of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. and all are Oregon corporations.



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