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Massey to retire, Lyphout named next president and CEO for Modern Woodmen

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Modern Woodmen of America’s Board of Directors has appointed Jerald J. Lyphout, East Moline, Illinois, as the organization’s 12th president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Modern Woodmen, a fraternal financial services organization, has been headquartered in Rock Island since 1897.

W. Kenny Massey, Le Claire, Iowa, will retire from the position on Dec. 31, 2022. Until then, Massey will continue his presidential responsibilities, working closely with Lyphout.

Lyphout joined Modern Woodmen in 1983 and was promoted to systems supervisor in the former Issue Department in 1985. He was named manager of Qualified Plans/Advanced Sales in 1997 and became president and CEO of MWA Financial Services, Inc., in 2013. He was appointed to the organization’s board of directors in March 2014 and was named National Secretary on June 1, 2015. He has served in the role of National Secretary and Executive Vice President since July 2021.

“Jerry brings experience, integrity and commitment to the position,” Massey says. “As the senior manager of Modern Woodmen’s operations, he understands the details and the big picture. His work ethic, intelligence and generous spirit will help him lead our employees and field representatives as they continue to improve the quality of life for our members and in their communities.”

Massey will retire after more than 40 years with Modern Woodmen, starting out as a field representative in Mississippi in 1982. He was promoted to district manager in 1985 and was named manager of the organization’s western Louisiana agency in 1988. Massey moved to the Quad Cities to become Modern Woodmen’s director of agencies in June 1997 and was appointed to Modern Woodmen's board of directors in 2002. He was named president in 2005.

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