Board of Directors

Here at UTG we are dedicated to providing customer service that is second to none. We display this commitment each and every day through the actions of our qualified staff.

  • Jesse T. Correll

    Chairman

    Jess Correll, Chairman of UTG and Universal Guaranty Life Insurance Company since 2000; Director of UTG since 1999; Chairman of First Southern Bancorp, Inc. since 1988; CEO of First Southern Bancorp, Inc. from 1988 – 2015; Manager and President of First Southern Funding, LLC since 1992;  President, Director of  The River Foundation since 1990; Board Member of Crown Financial Ministries from 2004 to 2009; Friends of the Good Samaritans since 2005; Generous Giving from 2006 to 2009; the National Christian Foundation since 2006; Centre Board of Trustees since 2015; and Cumberland Lake Shell, Inc. since 2017.

  • James P. Rousey

    Jimmy Rousey, President of UTG and Universal Guaranty Life Insurance Company since September 2006; Director of UTG and Universal Guaranty Life Insurance Company since September 2001; Chief Executive Officer of First Southern Bancorp, Inc. since 2016; Chair of ACLI Forum 500 2015-2016; Member of Board of Governors of ACLI from 2014 to 2017; Regional CEO and Director of First Southern National Bank from 1988 to 2001. Board member of the Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 2001-2005; Board Member with Contact Ministries from 2007-2011; Board Member with Amigos En Cristo, Inc. from 2007-2009. Advisory Board Member with Natalie’s Sister since 2018, Board Member with Hustonville Cemetery since 2019; Serge Board Member since 2019.

  • Preston H. Correll

    Preston Correll,  Founder of Marksbury Farm Market based in Bryantsville, Kentucky.  He also owns and operates St. Asaph Farm in Stanford, Kentucky and focuses on sustainable farming and raising natural meat.  He spent a year and a half in India working with the Good Samaritans ministry and now serves on the board of the Friends of the Good Samaritans .  Director of UTG, Inc. since December 2018.

  • John M. Cortines

    Mr. Cortines serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Generous Giving, a non-profit organization.  He is the co-author of two books on money, faith and generosity.  Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, he worked in the oil and gas industry as an engineer for Chevron Corporation.  Mr. Cortines is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (MS), and Texas A&M University (BS).  Director of UTG, Inc. since December 2018.

  • Thomas F. Darden, II

    Mr. Darden is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee, an investment company that invests in both private equity and venture capital. Beginning in 1984, Mr. Darden served for 16 years as the Chairman of Cherokee Sanford Group, a brick manufacturing and soil remediation company. From 1981 to 1983, he was a consultant with Bain & Company in Boston. From 1977 to 1978, he worked as an environmental planner for the Korea Institute of Science and Technology in Seoul, where he was a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar. Mr. Darden is on the Boards of Shaw University, the Institute for The Environment at the University of North Carolina and the Board of Governors of the Research Triangle Institute. Mr. Darden earned a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

  • Howard L. Dayton, Jr.

    In 1985, Mr. Dayton founded Crown Ministries in Longwood, Florida. Crown Ministries merged with Christian Financial Concepts in September 2000 to form Crown Financial Ministries, the world’s largest financial ministry. He served as Chief Executive Officer from 1985 to 2007 and in 2009 founded Compass – Finances God’s Way. Mr. Dayton is a graduate of Cornell University. He developed The Caboose, a successful railroad-themed restaurant in Orlando, FL in 1969. In 1972 he began his commercial real estate development career, specializing in office development in the Central Florida area. He has authored five popular small group studies, produced several video series, and is the host for the nationally syndicated radio programs MoneyWise and HeyHoward. Asbury University named their business school the Howard Dayton School of Business.  Mr. Dayton became a Director of UTG, Inc. in December 2005.

  • Thomas E. Harmon

    Director of UTG and Universal Guaranty Life Insurance Company since March 2016.  Mr. Harmon is the owner and President of Harmon Foods, Inc., a chain of retail supermarkets, for the past 39 years.  Mr. Harmon has been active in many charitable organizations over the years, most recently serving as a Board Member with Amigos En Cristo Ministries, an organization serving one of the most disadvantaged parts of the world – Juarez, Mexico.

  • Gabriel J. Molnar

    Mr. Molnar is the Chief Financial Officer at Capstone Realty Inc., a commercial real estate development company in Louisville, Kentucky.  Mr. Molar is a licensed CPA and real estate salesman in Kentucky. Prior to Capstone, Mr. Molnar worked as a Financial Analyst with Procter & Gamble and as a public company auditor and healthcare consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Molnar received an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and is also a graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.

  • Peter L. Ochs

    Mr. Ochs is founder of Capital III, a private equity investment firm located in Wichita, Kansas. Capital III provides impact investment capital and management with investments in manufacturing, real estate, energy, and education with a geographical focus on the US and Latin America. Prior to founding Capital III, Mr. Ochs spent 8 years in the commercial banking industry. Mr. Ochs graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business and finance. He currently serves on the boards of UTG, Inc. and Trinity Academy.

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