W&S Financial Group Distributors


Mark E. Caner, president of W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc., wholesale division of Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. (Western & Southern), has been named chairman of The Salvation Army of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky advisory board. His three-year term began Jan. 1, 2019.

“Mark has been an impactful presence on our advisory board since 2011, serving as vice chair in 2018,” said The Salvation Army Divisional Leaders, Majors Larry and Janet Ashcraft, in a statement. “We welcome his leadership and are confident he can help us serve our community effectively.”

As board chair, Caner will lead the organization’s efforts to fulfill its mission and ministry in the region, to “do the most good” with the resources entrusted to its care, in service to those of all ages, races, creeds and lifestyles.

Caner joined Western & Southern in 2006 and is responsible for leading W&S Financial Group Distributor’s four sales channels, as well as marketing, product management /development, relationship management and sales support. Before joining Western & Southern, Caner served as vice president, senior investment strategist and national sales manager with Nationwide Financial Services.

Caner attended The Ohio State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Capital University and a doctoral degree in strategic leadership from Regent University. He has also achieved the prestigious Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) industry designations.

“I’m honored to be involved with an organization that embraces our community and gives so generously with its time, treasure and talent,” said Caner. “I look forward to serving as board chair and supporting its exemplary mission.”

Also serving on the Advisory Board are Jonathan D. Niemeyer, senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Western & Southern, and Mario San Marco, retired president of Western & Southern business subsidiary Eagle Realty Group, LLC, and former Advisory Board chairman.

Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, and celebrating 130 years this year, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. (Western & Southern), a Fortune 500 company, is now the parent company of a group of diversified financial services businesses. Its assets owned ($48 billion) and managed ($27 billion) totaled $75 billion as of Sept. 30, 2018. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its six life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain very strong financial ratings. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.; IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Peppertree Partners LLC; Touchstone Advisors, Inc.; Touchstone Securities, Inc.; W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.; and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc.

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