News Release

Woodmen of the World Appoints Two Vice Presidents

March 22, 2012

Vice President Steve Jones
Steve Jones
Vice President Jerry Smolinski
Jerry Smolinski
Omaha, Neb. - Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society announces the appointments of Steve Jones and Jerry Smolinski.

Steve Jones has been appointed Vice President, Fraternal, effective April 1, 2012. According to President and CEO Danny Cummins, Jones will bring strong leadership skills to the Fraternal Division, and his business and technology expertise further reinforces the organizations commitment to fully align its fraternal initiatives.

Jones began his career with Woodmen of the World in 1974 in the Membership Services Division. For the next two decades, Jones held positions of increasing responsibility in the Accounting Division. In 2002, he was named Vice President and manager of the Accounting Services Division. Since 2006, Jones served as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives.

Jones first joined Woodmen of the World as a member during his childhood. He is currently a member of Woodmen of the World Lodge 16 and has held all lodge offices, including president. He also has attended several jurisdictional conventions.

Jerry Smolinski has been appointed Vice President, Business Technology effective Feb. 13, 2012.

Smolinski comes to Woodmen of the World from DocuLynx, where he held the title of Chief Operations Officer. He has extensive knowledge in the field of technology due to his previous work at American Enterprise Mutual/World Insurance, RG Solutions and Creighton University. Smolinski graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983, and earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering.

Smolinski lives in Omaha with his wife Deborah and their two children Jeffrey and Jaclyn. He has served as the former School Board President at St. Stephen the Martyr school and as the Finance Chair for Mid-America Contingent to 2010 Boy Scout National Jamboree.

Woodmen of the World was founded in 1890 as a fraternal benefit organization. Today, Woodmen of the World offers insurance, annuities, mutual funds*, and 529 College Savings Plans*. More than 730,000 Woodmen of the World members across the country share a commitment to family, community and country. To learn more about Woodmen of the World, visit