Management Team

Alan Jahde, JD, LLM (taxation)
Founder and CEO

Alan Jahde is the co-founder, co-shareholder, and CEO of Investors Preferred Life Insurance Company.  He also was a co-founder, in 1995, of the law firm of Anderson & Jahde, P.C., focusing on international income and estate tax planning, private placement life insurance, charitable, defined benefit pension planning, and tax controversy. In 2001, he also co-founded Castle Re Insurance Company, Ltd. a Bermuda based, long term life insurance carrier.

Alan has a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Nebraska in 1975, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1979, and an LL.M., Masters of Law in Taxation, from the University of Denver in 1987.  He is a former member of the Taxation and Trust and Estate Sections of the Colorado Bar Association and former Program Chair and past President of the Centennial Estate Planning Council.

Over the past thirty-five years, Alan has developed considerable tax expertise in the areas of private placement life insurance and annuities, dynasty trusts, LLCs, and related estate and income tax planning structures.

Tommy Mayes

Tommy Mayes is President and Director of Investors Preferred Life.  In addition, Tommy is the Executive Advisor for SunGate Capital, LLC, a singe family investment office with interests in real estate, technology, medical imaging, real estate, banking and insurance.  In addition, he is an investor and board member of Blueprint Investment Partners, LLC, a dynamic, innovative institutional investment advisor utilizing systematic approaches to investment management.

‍Tommy has broad experience advising many successfulmultignerational families, and the advisors that serve them, in the areas ofinvestments, governance, risk management, family office structure andsuccession. Tommy has a track record of success in evolving a single familyoffice to a modern wealth management organization and attracting outsidecapital. He has served as an advisor and consultant to a number of successful familieswith significant public and direct private equity investments, and hasadditional expertise in the structuring and formation of private family trustcompanies.

With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, he has served as President and CEO of a multi-family private trust company and simultaneously founded a registered investment advisory firm serving these select clients. Tommy served  over 18 years with Wachovia Wealth Management(now Wells Fargo) in progressive leadership positions, including serving as President of the Palm Beach Private Bank and establishing the multi-family office now known as Abbot Downing in that market.Tommy has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Callaway School of Business and Accountancy at Wake Forest University in 1988.  He later earned his Certification in Financial Planning designation from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado, and attended graduate studies in International Economics and Finance at the London School of Economics.

While residing in Greensboro,North Carolina, he maintains offices in both Greensboro and Winter Park,Florida.

Nikki Pethtel
Chief Financial Officer

Nikki Pethtel is the Chief Financial Officer of Investors Preferred Life Insurance Company.  She is responsible for the overall financial leadership of IPL, enforcing strong financial management accountability and providing timely and reliable financial reporting while overseeing strict internal controls within the organization.​

Nikki possesses over 18 years of extensive experience in a wide range of leadership, management, and advisory positions within the Insurance Industry.  She also spent 4 years in public accounting auditing primarily insurance entities.  Prior to joining IPL, Nikki was the Director of Accounting and Reporting for Eagle Technology and past CFO for Mid Rogue IPA.​

Nikki currently serves as the IASA Desert State Chapter President. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clayton State University and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University.

Board of Directors

Alan Jahde, JD, LLM (taxation)

Alan Jahde founded the company in 2013 and serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO

Robert Levenson

Robert Levenson is the founder of Value Monitoring, Inc, a registered investment advisor with thirty years of history offering financial planning and investment management.

Tommy Mayes

Tommy Mayes has advised the Investors Preferred executive team for over four years, and in addition to serving as Director, has added responsibilities as the President of the firm as of January 2019.

Kiri Parankirinathan, ASA, MAAA

Life Actuary and President of Life Product Developers, Inc., CEO of Melaneus Premier Financial Systems, LLC and former Senior Executive Vice President of Security Equity Life Insurance Company.

James N. Price

Former Associate Member of the American Society of Pension actuaries, James N. Price has served in a senior management position and on the Executive Committee of a Midwestern based insurance company.

Kenneth Rumbaugh

Kenneth Rumbaugh has been a self-employed businessman since 1974. In 1982 he received the Certified Estate and Business Analyst designation and received certification from the National Executive Institute in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Rumbaugh has over 40 years' experience in the insurance industry and served in an advisory capacity for his clients for 30 years.

Appointed Investment Advisor

MAS Advisors, LLC

Investors Preferred Life Insurance Company has selected MAS Advisors, LLC to manage its separate account assets and develop insurance compliant investment platforms suitable for Private Placement Life and Annuity Policies.  MAS Advisors, LLC is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor with offices in Miami, Florida, providing asset management services for the separate accounts of private placement variable life insurance and variable annuity companies as well as for private funds.

Appointed Actuary

Christopher H. Hause FSA, MAAA, CLU

Chris House founded Hause Actuarial Solutions in 2001, and the firm is recognized as an A.M. Best Top 20 Life Actuarial Consultant. Chris has led the company through both organic growth and through acquisition, and his team boasts over 110 years’ experience consulting health, life insurance and annuity companies. He has been a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries since 1986 and has been a Member of the Academy since 1980. Chris earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at the University of Wyoming in 1975.

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