Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Jerry D. Semler  

Life history: the roots of Indiana's life & health insurance companies go back more than a century.
By Beck, Bill
Indiana Business Magazine
Date: Thursday, September 1 1994


One of the identifying landmarks of downtown Indianapolis is the A ul Tower., named for this major insurance player. American United Life Insurance Co. has been at home in downtown Indianapolis since 1877, making it perhaps the oldest insurance company still domiciled in the state. Back then, it was organized to sell policies to Hoosier members of the Knights of Pythias.

Today, American United Life is licensed to do business in 45 states and the District of Columbia. The company has almost $5.5 billion in assets, with more than $3.5 billion of group annuity and pension assets under management.

Jerry D. Semler is chairman, president and CEO of American United Life.

In July, American United Life and cross-town competitor The State Life Insurance Co. announced a strategic alliance enabling them to share resources while maintaining the flexibility of individual companies. The two companies wo uld remain separate legal entities but wo uld have common boards of directors and one CEO; the deal specifies that Semler wo uld be that CEO. The deal requires approval of State Life policyholders.

    Jerry 'Jack' Semler has over 24 years in the aviation industry when he is not at the controls of the burner of Indy Hot Airís balloon, 'Chasing Dreams', which was recently seen over Lake Maxinkuckee on father's Day June 2009 He is flying as a Captain and instructor/examiner for a Federal Express a worldwide cargo airline, out of Anchorage Alaska. He has been a homeowner on Lake Maxikuckee/Culver for the last 12 years. He is owner of Indy Hot Air LLC

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