[ About Us ]
AFR Life is a subsidiary of AFR Insurance and its roots date back to the 1950's with the Farmers & Ranchers Life Insurance Company. Between 1988 and 2000, the company was sold but was reacquired and continues in operation today.
We have worked hard to hold true to our traditions and history while also paving the way into the future. We strive every day to provide the best-in-class insurance products and services to our policyholders. AFR is recognized as a leading domestic insurance carrier in Oklahoma and specializes in Home, Auto, Farm & Ranch, and Life insurance with a variety of coverages to cover you and whatever life throws at you. We are excited to offer products that we believe will help to insure your family's future.
When you write your business with AFR Life, we understand it isn't just a piece of paper. We pride ourselves on being where the customers are and we will continue to do so for generations to come. It's our promise to you to be there when life turns upside down. We insure you so you can focus on what matters.
Our agents and employees are the heart of our company and you can have peace of mind knowing that knowledgeable, successful and determined employees work hard for you, our policyholders.
We have experienced many changes and growth throughout the history of our company but our dedication to you remains grounded in our roots. We will continue to look towards the future and grow to best fulfill your needs.
After all, It's not if you need life insurance...it's when.
To provide the best-in-class insurance products and services to policyholders using leading-edge technology, trained, motivated, service-oriented employees, and community-minded agents.
To earn the position of largest and most respected rural insurance provider in the state of Oklahoma
- Customer Centricity
- Continuous Learning
- Local Community Mindedness
Get In Touch
President & CEO
I began my insurance industry career more than 30 years ago with Farm Bureau Financial Services as a customer service supervisor. My career encompasses tenures as business unit vice president at Farm Bureau Financial Services; executive vice president and COO at ACCC Insurance; and, most recently, senior vice president of operations and COO at Madison Mutual Insurance Company. My well-rounded industry knowledge spans claims, underwriting, sales, marketing, operations, and finance as well as a successful track record of continuous improvement initiatives and P&L leadership. I started my role as President and CEO of AFR Insurance in 2020. Whenever I'm not working, I like spending time with my family and two dogs, Bailey and Sophie.
Before being named Chief Financial Officer in December of 2019, I was a member of the AFR Accounting Department where I served as a Senior Accountant since 2014. Prior to joining the AFR family in 2013 where I started as a Treasury Accountant, I was an Insurance Defense Auditor for seven years with Farmers Insurance Group in Oklahoma City. All together, I have over 27 years of experience in Insurance Defense and the Accounting Industries. If I am not working, you can usually find me at a hockey rink or a dance competition watching and cheering on my grandkids.
VP of Information Technology
As the VP of Information Technology, I have overseen the AFRMIC Information Technology department since August 2020 adding over three decades of IT experience in financial and manufacturing business, including 15 years in insurance companies like Kentucky Farm Bureau and Aflac. I earned an MBA from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Management Information Systems degree from FASP (Faculdades Associadas de Sao Paulo), Brazil. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and my dog, traveling around the world, and exploring new places to eat!
VP of AFR Life
Since graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Financial Planning, I have been involved in the financial services industry for over 40 years. My positions have included a life insurance agent, securities principal, Certified Financial Planner, senior and executive management of financial services operations, including 18 years with MetLife. I moved back to Oklahoma a second time to fill my current position as Vice President of AFR Life. My family is my greatest love and focus with my wife, 4 children and 8 grandchildren. I enjoy traveling, especially in Europe, wood turning, golf and being outdoors.
Director of strategic Planning & operations
I joined as Director of Strategic Planning & Operations in October 2021. I have over 25 years of experience as an executive manager in various industries. In the roles of Army Lieutenant Colonel, Senior Program Manager, Vice President of Operations & Chief of Staff, I’ve been part of high-performance organizations with multi-million-dollar annual revenues and considerable invested capital. I’ve been responsible for both strategic business planning and international operations with the Department of Defense and Fortune-ranked companies. Faith, family, and outdoor adventures are how I recharge.
Assistant VP of AFR Life
I have been working in the Life Insurance industry for over twenty years with a focus on leadership and providing an excellent customer experience. After running several insurance operations, I was thrilled to join the AFR team as the Assistant VP of AFR Life Insurance. I spend most of my free time with my family at softball games and choir events, but on my down time I have a passion for reading and spend as much time consuming literature as possible.
Human Resources Director
Prior to joining the AFR team in October 2021 my professional background included a blend of experience in human resources and insurance. I have experience as an employment attorney and human resources director in Oklahoma state government. My insurance background includes 17 years in claims management, defense litigation, and general counsel work. Although I’ve lived in the Oklahoma City area for 27 years, I’m originally from the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, and I enjoy spending time in the Adirondacks in Northern New York State.
AFR Insurance Board
Chairman of the Board
Mike Goodwin was raised in Mead and currently resides in Roberta. He is a lifelong resident of Bryan County. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Goodwin has spent his career as an educator in the high school classroom, as a high school principal, a school superintendent, and also as a Career Tech center administrator. Additionally, Goodwin served in the United States Army Reserves, retiring in 2016 at the rank of Command Sergeant Major with 36 years of total service. Goodwin has been a member of AFR since 1988 and currently sits on the AFR Board of Directors.
Independent Director District 2
Brett Morris and his family have been involved in farming and ranching in the Ninnekah community for almost 90 years. . A former dairyman, he and his dad currently run a diversified operation which includes 1,000 acres of alfalfa, wheat and grassland, 200 beef cow/calf pairs and 100 stocker calves, as well as the Washita Fertilizer Company. Morris joined AFR in the early 1990s and is currently serving as the AFR representative on the Oklahoma Beef Council and on the AFR Board of Directors.
Independent Director District 3
Jim Shelton and his wife, Sara, live near Vinita and are lifelong residents of Craig County. In 2010, Shelton retired from a 35-year banking career with Oklahoma State Bank of Vinita to expand the cattle operation. The Sheltons operate a 3,500-acre commercial cow/calf and stocker operation. He has served on the AFR Board of Directors several times. Shelton earned a bachelor’s in animal science from Oklahoma State University and is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
Statewide Independent At-Large Director
Mason Mungle currently serves as the AFR Statewide Independent At-Large Director and the AFRMIC board chair on the Board of Directors. Mungle has been an AFR member and insured for more than 40 years. He worked for AFR in cooperative development and legislative affairs from 1997 to 2007. Mungle earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University.
Agent Director District 1
John Porter is a third-generation full-time AFR agent; he owns Porters Insurance in Edmond. Porter attended Central State University in Edmond, where he specialized in business administration and was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard from 1965 to 1971. He was hired by Oklahoma Farmers Union as an adjuster in 1973. During a 37-plus-year career with the company, Porter worked directly with several of the company presidents in various capacities. He was elected in 2010 to the office of AFR Vice President and now serves on the AFR Board of Directors.
Agent Director District 2
Dustin Tackett, his wife, Julie, and their son Hudson live north of Fort Cobb on the farm Tackett’s grandfather bought in 1913. Tackett has been an AFR insurance agent since 2004 and has served in several capacities before sitting on the AFR Board of Directors. Tackett is a two-time Oklahoma State University graduate with a bachelor’s in agricultural economics and an MBA.
Agent Director District 3
John Ogden, a rancher from Muskogee County, has been involved in an AFR leadership capacity for many years, including service as vice president and on the board of directors. Ogden and his wife, JoAnn, have been long-time AFR Insurance agents. They have owned and operated the Ogden Insurance Agency in Muskogee since 1976. They also owned the Ogden Insurance in Haskell and have been active in their local and Muskogee County AFR organizations. Ogden attended Connors State College and Bacone College.
Agent Director District 4
Landon Jestis is an AFR agent from Bokchito. He owns and operates Jestis Insurance Agency in Durant. He and his wife, Leandra, own 80 acres in Bokchito where they raise roping cattle and horses. He enjoys team roping and working on the ranch with his three children, Lainey, Luke and Lex. Jestis then attended Seminole State College and North Central Texas College and eventually graduated from East Central University in Ada. He accepted a position with AFR as a property claims adjuster and after four years had the opportunity to purchase his own AFR agency in September of 2015 and now serves as a director on the AFR Board.