State Farm CEO Joins "Senior Executives Speak Out: Yes, We Have Something to Say!"

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Edward B. Rust Jr., Chairman and CEO of State Farm Insurance Companies and education advocate, will provide his expert take on the recent turbulent changes affecting the insurance industry as part of "Senior Executives Speak Out: Yes, We Have Something to Say!" at The American College's annual Knowledge Summit on October 30th in Boston.

Edward B. Rust, Chairman and CEO of State Farm Insurance Companies

He has been the driving force behind State Farm's continued success through this tumultuous economy, upholding their history of quality service and strong relationships. Ed's additional mission to improve the quality of education and give back to the community is further testimony to his industry leadership.

Edward B. Rust Jr., Chairman and CEO of State Farm Insurance Companies and education advocate, will provide his expert take on the recent turbulent changes affecting the insurance industry as part of "Senior Executives Speak Out: Yes, We Have Something to Say!" at The American College's annual Knowledge Summit on October 30th in Boston.

Aside from building and maintaining State Farm's reputation of providing exceptional service and coverage, Rust is well-known in the industry for his dedication to and pursuit of better quality education in the United States. He is involved with numerous organizations working toward improved education; he is co-chairman of the Business Coalition for Student Achievement and serves on the boards of America's Promise Alliance, the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership, and Achieve, Inc.

"Ed Rust is one of the most powerful forces in the financial services industry," said Larry Barton, Ph.D., President and CEO of The American College. "He has been the driving force behind State Farm's continued success through this tumultuous economy, upholding their history of quality service and strong relationships. Ed's additional mission to improve the quality of education and give back to the community is further testimony to his industry leadership."

Rust will join other prominent industry senior executives from Aflac, MetLife, Penn Mutual, and Prudential for a stimulating panel discussion led by Frank Keating, President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) and former governor of Oklahoma. Over 1,000 financial professionals are expected to attend this year's Knowledge Summit, held at the Boston Park Plaza.

In addition to his positions as Chairman and CEO of State Farm Insurance Companies, Rust serves as a trustee of The Conference Board and of Illinois Wesleyan University. He is on the Board of Directors for Caterpillar, Inc., Helmerich and Payne, Inc. and McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Previously, Rust served as co-chair of The Business Roundtable and was a chairman of their Education Initiative. He was also chairman of the American Enterprise Institute, The Financial Services Roundtable, the National Alliance of Business and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Rust is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan. He received both his master of business and juris doctor degrees from Southern Methodist University.

Rust joined State Farm in 1975. Ten years later, he was named president and chief executive officer. In 1987, he was elected chairman of the board.

Each year, The American College Knowledge Summit gathers the top thought leaders of the financial services industry for four days full of networking and education. Attendees have the opportunity to hear from industry powerhouses and earn CE credit. This year's Summit will be held from October 27-30 in the historic city of Boston and features world renowned thought leaders including Peter Lynch of Fidelity Investments, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lt. Governor of Maryland and Wall Street Journal columnist and presidential speechwriter, Peggy Noonan. For more information about The American College Knowledge Summit visit TheAmericanCollege.edu/Summit09

The American College is dedicated to leadership in innovative training and development that helps financial services companies and their employees succeed. As a non-profit educational institution holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has served as a valued business partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and others for over 82 years. The American College's faculty represents some of the financial services industry's foremost thought leaders. For more information, visit TheAmericanCollege.edu

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