Sammons Enterprises

Board of Directors

Thomas Corcoran

Chairman of the Board, Independent Director

Tom Corcoran serves as an Independent Director and Chairman of Sammons Enterprises, Inc. He joined the Sammons Board in 2010, with impressive entrepreneurial accomplishments and hospitality experience. In addition to his role with Sammons, Tom serves as Chairman of FelCor Lodging Trust, a real estate investment trust. FelCor owns a diversified portfolio of primarily upscale and luxury hotels located in major and resort markets. The company partners with leading hotel companies to operate its 41 hotels, which are flagged under globally recognized names and premier independent hotels in New York. Tom’s other board appointments include the American Hotel Foundation. He is Past Chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), and Past Chairman of the IHG Owners Association.

Heather Kreager

Executive Committee Chairman, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

Chairman, Compatriot Capital

Heather Kreager joined the company in 1985. She served as General Counsel for Sammons Enterprises, Inc. and Sammons Communications, Inc., and as President of Sammons Enterprises prior to her appointment as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sammons Enterprises in 2014. She has served on the Executive Committee and Board since 2008. In addition to her role as CEO of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., Heather is CEO for Sammons Equity Alliance, Inc., the holding company for Sammons' real estate and investment businesses. 

Esfandyar E. Dinshaw

Executive Committee Member, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

President, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

President, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Sammons Financial Group

Esfand Dinshaw is President of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., and President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Sammons Financial Group, Inc. He has been a member of the Executive Committee and on the Board since 2012 and joined the company in 1999. Esfand has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry with four different companies. He has a strong actuarial background (FSA, MAAA); has served in many actuarial roles, including corporate and pricing; and has managed different departments. Esfand is on the board of the American Council of Life Insurers and is a past Chairman of the Board for LL Global (LIMRA & LOMA), both insurance industry-related organizations. 

Darron Ash

Executive Committee Member, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

Senior Vice President, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Briggs International

Senior Vice President and Executive Committee member for Sammons Enterprises, Inc., Darron Ash has been with Sammons since 2006. Darron joined the company with 17 years of experience in the public accounting, private equity, consumer products manufacturing, and professional services industries. He served as Chief Financial Officer for Sammons Enterprises, Inc. for nine years prior to accepting the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for Briggs International, Inc., the company's equipment business. Darron has been a member of the Executive Committee and the Board since 2015.

James Roderick Clark

Independent Director

Rod Clark is an Independent Director serving on the Sammons Enterprises, Inc. Board of Directors since 2010. Rod retired in 2009, after 35 years in the oilfield services business. Prior to retirement, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Baker Hughes Incorporated, and was responsible for 30,000 employees operating in more than 90 countries. Before Baker Hughes, Rod was President of Sperry-Sun, a Halliburton company, from 1996 to 1999. He serves on the Board of Directors of Ensco plc and Rockwater Energy Solutions, Veritas Energy, LLC, and on the Board of Trustees of Dallas Theological Seminary.


 

James Parker

Independent Director

Jim Parker is an Independent Director serving on the Board of Sammons Enterprises, Inc. He has been on the Board since 2010. Jim retired as CEO of Southwest Airlines in 2004, following 18 years with the Dallas-based airline. Prior to this position, he served as General Counsel. The airline was named one of the three most admired companies in America by Fortune magazine in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In 2004, Jim was included on the list of Best CEOs in American Institutional Investor.
Jim authored the book Do the Right Thing - How Dedicated Employees Create Loyal Customers and Large Profits. He has served on the Leadership Advisory Council for MIT Sloan School of Management and he has been a guest lecturer at business schools, corporate, and trade association meetings. He currently serves on the board of Texas Roadhouse, Inc., and also serves as Executive in Residence at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business.

  

Officers

Heather Kreager

Executive Committee Chairman, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

Chairman, Compatriot Capital

Heather Kreager joined the company in 1985. She served as General Counsel for Sammons Enterprises, Inc. and Sammons Communications, Inc., and as President of Sammons Enterprises prior to her appointment as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sammons Enterprises in 2014. She has served on the Executive Committee and Board since 2008. In addition to her role as CEO of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., Heather is CEO for Sammons Equity Alliance, Inc., the holding company for Sammons' real estate and investment businesses.

Esfandyar E. Dinshaw

President, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Sammons Financial Group

Esfand Dinshaw is President of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., and President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Sammons Financial Group, Inc. He has been a member of the Executive Committee and on the Board since 2012 and joined the company in 1999. Esfand has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry with four different companies. He has a strong actuarial background (FSA, MAAA); has served in many actuarial roles, including corporate and pricing; and has managed different departments. Esfand is on the board of the American Council of Life Insurers and is a past Chairman of the Board for LL Global (LIMRA & LOMA), both insurance industry-related organizations.

Darron Ash

Senior Vice President, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Briggs International

Senior Vice President and Executive Committee member for Sammons Enterprises, Inc., Darron Ash has been with Sammons since 2006. Darron joined the company with 17 years of experience in the public accounting, private equity, consumer products manufacturing, and professional services industries. He served as Chief Financial Officer for Sammons Enterprises, Inc. for nine years prior to accepting the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for Briggs International, Inc., the company's equipment business. Darron has been a member of the Executive Committee and the Board since 2015.

Cheryl Gosch

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

As General Counsel, Cheryl Gosch supports the Sammons Executive Committee and Independent Directors in the execution of their duties. She is responsible for governance issues and has responsibility to provide legal advice to Sammons business units. Cheryl joined Sammons' legal department in 1989. During her tenure with the company, she has advised Sammons' business units in a variety of matters including acquisitions and divestitures, real estate transactions and employee benefit law, including matters related to the Sammons' ESOP. Cheryl's experience includes a specialty in tax law. Prior to joining Sammons, she was a partner and tax attorney with a private law firm in Dallas.

Pam Doeppe

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

Pam Doeppe has been with Sammons since 1993. As Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Pam supports the Board in the areas of strategic planning, capital allocation, financial performance, treasury, tax, and financial reporting.

She is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan and a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Sammons in 1993, Pam spent nine years at Coopers & Lybrand, now PriceWaterhouseCoopers, advising corporate and high net worth individual clients.