Names & Faces

Harvey Fladeland Promoted To SVP, Financial Institutions at W&S Financial

To Lead Financial Institutions Distribution

Andy Reiss, SVP of Financial Institutions, Announces Retirement

CINCINNATI – Mar. 16, 2020 – W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc., wholesale distributor of annuities and life insurance from member companies of Western & Southern Financial Group, has promoted Harvey T. Fladeland to senior vice president of financial institutions. Fladeland succeeds Andy Reiss, who retired effective March 2.

Fladeland brings more than 20 years of successful experience in sales, recruiting, hiring, coaching and developing top-performing sales associates. In his new role, he will lead sales efforts with annuities, life insurance and related products through the financial institutions channel.

“Harvey possesses an impressive record of wholesaling and management achievement,” said Mark Caner, president, W&S Financial Group Distributors. “He has demonstrated success in managing large teams across diverse territories with multiple products. His proven skills and impressive credentials have established him as a valuable addition to our team. We are certain Harvey’s leadership will pay both immediate and long-lasting dividends for our financial institution partners.”

Fladeland joined W&S Financial Group Distributors in March 2019 as a divisional vice president. Before that he was with AXA Distributors LLC, where he was a divisional vice president and regional sales manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, as well as FINRA Series 24, 7 and 63 registrations and life and health insurance licenses. Fladeland and his family are in the process of relocating to Cincinnati from Heath, Texas.

Reiss joined the company in 2014 with more than three decades of experience in the financial services industry. “Andy has been an integral part of our financial institution distribution efforts,” said Caner. “We greatly appreciate his contributions in overseeing the addition of multiple firm partnerships and introducing new product offerings.”




About W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc.
W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. ( distributes fixed, variable and immediate annuities and life insurance products from Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company, all member companies of Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. Variable products are distributed through Touchstone Securities, Inc.* Marketing through a national network of broker-dealers, financial advisors, independent agents and financial institutions, W&S Financial Group Distributors assists financial professionals in helping Americans invest, protect and manage risk for their retirement and legacy. For more information, visit
*A registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC.
About Western & Southern Financial Group
Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is the parent company of a group of diversified financial services businesses. Its assets owned ($58 billion) and managed ($27 billion) totaled $85 billion as of Dec. 31, 2019. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its seven life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Gerber Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company, and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain very strong financial ratings. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.;1 IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Touchstone Advisors, Inc.;1 Touchstone Securities, Inc.;2 W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.;1,2 and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of six major community events every year, including the Western & Southern Open, a premier event in the U.S. Open Series played each August by the world’s top-ranked professional male and female tennis players.
1 A registered investment advisor.
2 A registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC.