Board of Directors

Executive Chairman
Joseph D. Austin is the Executive Chairman of the Company. Mr. Austin joined Federal Life in 1972 and was elected as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer in June 1977. Mr. Austin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Scranton and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Prior to joining Federal Life, Mr. Austin served in actuarial, administrative and marketing positions and on the board of directors of several other life insurance companies and as an expert consultant to the U.S. Postal Service.
Chairman of the Board
Member of the Investment Committee
President and Chief Executive Officer
William S. Austin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Austin joined Federal Life in 1990 and served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to 2018, when he was elected as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Austin is a graduate of Marquette University and has an M.B.A. degree in finance, investments and banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Austin is a Chartered Life Underwriter and a member of the Society of Financial Services Professionals.
Chair of the Investment Committee
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Michael Austin joined Federal Life in 1982 and has served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Federal Life since 2000. Mr. Austin attended Western Illinois University and holds a FINRA Series 6 license and a broker-dealer agency license with FED Mutual Financial Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.
Director
Wayne R. Ebersberger has been a member of the board of directors of Federal Life since 2015. Mr. Ebersberger is a certified public accountant (retired) and has a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Ebersberger was a partner of Ernst & Young for over 25 years prior to his retirement in 2015. At Ernst & Young Mr. Ebersberger provided accounting and auditing services to numerous insurance companies, including publicly held companies, foreign companies, and large mutual and nonprofit organizations in the insurance industry.
Independent Director
Director
Craig A. Huff is a Founder and Managing Partner of Insurance Capital Group and Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Reservoir Capital Group. Mr. Huff has served as a Co-CEO of Reservoir Capital Group since August 1, 2007. Mr. Huff serves on the boards of many of Reservoir portfolio companies in industries such as energy, power, insurance, and aircraft leasing and was instrumental in the formation and development of a variety of hedge funds and private investment firms. Prior to founding Reservoir, Mr. Huff was a partner at Ziff Brothers Investments and, prior to business school, served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer and nuclear engineer. Mr. Huff is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and Harvard Business School.
Independent Director
Director
Matthew T. Popoli is a Founder and Managing Partner of Insurance Capital Group, with 20 years of insurance industry experience with a specialized focused on sponsored demutualizations and similar complex conversion transactions. Prior to founding Insurance Capital Group, Mr. Popoli was a partner and Senior Managing Director at Reservoir Capital Group, which he joined in 2005, and led its financial services investing activities until when he left Reservoir in May 2018 to join ICG. Previously, Mr. Popoli was a Principal at Capital Z Partners and began his career as an investment banker in the insurance group at Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Popoli is a graduate of Amherst College, where he received a B.A. in Economics.
Independent Director
Director
William H. Springer has served on the board of directors of Federal Life since 2005. Mr. Springer is a graduate of Grinnell College and has a master of science degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Springer was Vice Chairman, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Ameritech Corp, a major telecommunications company from January 1, 1984 to July 31, 1991 and was Vice Chairman Finance of Ameritech from August 1, 1991 to July 31, 1992.
Independent Director
Director
James H. Stacke has served on the board of directors of Federal Life since 2005. He is a graduate of Yale University and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. Mr. Stacke served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961 through 1964. Mr. Stacke joined the investment counsel firm Stein Roe and Farnham and its successor firms from 1968 until he retired in 2009. While there, he was named a Partner and Executive Vice President and manager of the Chicago office. He also served as chairman of the compensation committee. Mr. Stacke is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Investment Counselor.
Independent Director

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