Merchants Bonding Company Names Brenda Cushing to the Board of Directors

April 27, 2020

Merchants Bonding Company™ has elected Brenda Cushing to its Board of Directors. Cushing retired in August 2015 from Athene Holding where she served as Executive Finance President and Chief Financial Officer. Cushing was a leader of financial and performance management for the organization, and brings a wealth of experience to the Merchants’ board. She has a proven track record with leadership positions at multiple AmerUs companies and in public accounting with McGladrey and Pullen.  

“We are thrilled to have someone of Brenda’s caliber and experience to contribute to Merchants Bonding’s growth and success,” said Chairman of the Board Larry Taylor. “We are in a critical time with a twelve year growth curve behind us and a future that includes the uncertainty of Covid-19 in the short run, and our vision to be one of the top 10 surety bonding companies in the country.” 
The nominating committee’s goal was to find a board member who could keep the momentum that has been built and help take the organization to the next level.  The pool of candidates was overwhelmingly impressive and qualified.  

 "I am honored to be elected to the Board of Directors of Merchants Bonding. Merchants is an incredible organization with a long history of leading in the surety industry, providing superior service, and supporting our community.  I am looking forward to working with the talented Board of Directors and the entire Merchant’s team,” said Cushing.

Cushing has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Iowa State University and serves on the Dean's Advisory Council for the ISU Ivy College of Business.  She also serves on the boards of American Equity, Bankers Trust, the United Way of Central Iowa and MercyOne Medical Center, and is a member of the Iowa Society of CPAs.

“Speaking on behalf of the entire board, we are excited about the future with innovations, evolving technology, expansion across the United States, and positioning ourselves for future profitable growth,” said Taylor.