Homesteaders Honors Exceptional Employees

West Des Moines, Iowa — Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in preneed funeral funding, recently announced the winners of its annual Homesteaders Heroes program. The peer-nominated awards recognize employees who demonstrate Homesteaders’ mission and make an impact on the success of both the company and its funeral home customers.

“This year, we were excited to have more than 60 employees nominated by their peers for their contributions to Homesteaders,” said Tonja Clark, Homesteaders SVP-Human Resources. “Homesteaders Heroes is an opportunity for employees to nominate their team members for living our core values. It is a reflection of our culture, which is one of teamwork and respect for what each of us brings to the table every day.”

Homesteaders Heroes award winners were named in five categories:



Rising Star Award – Angela Clough, Account Executive

This award recognizes an employee who demonstrates eagerness to learn, commitment to Homesteaders and engagement with the company and peers early in his or her career.

“Angela demonstrated early on in her employment with Homesteaders exceptional qualities, including an eagerness to learn, commitment to the company, enthusiasm and engagement with her peers that are fitting of the award,” noted one of her nominators. “She brings her best and cares for each of her clients and prospects by getting involved on every level.”


Jennifer Warne

Outstanding Teamwork Award – Jennifer Warne, Director-Strategic Execution

This award recognizes an outstanding member of a team who has demonstrated enthusiasm, cooperation, problem-solving skills, commitment to success and a consistently positive attitude.

“Jen quickly set to work to establish a much better process to lay out the path forward for our EnGauge CRM," described one of her nominators. “She built relationships with key customers, established the product council to guide the vision and then worked with the team to determine the product vision… As a result, the team is much stronger, more aligned and excited to dig into their work.”


Tracy Whitaker

Innovation Award – Tracy Whitaker, VP-Associate General Counsel

This award recognizes an employee for the successful implementation of a new or updated product, service or program that results in a measurable improvement in the company’s performance, processes or brand strength.

“Tracy’s knowledge of the preneed compliance landscape is among the best in the industry,” said one of her nominators. “Her innovative approach to coalition building and lobbying over the last decade has had a tremendous impact on Homesteaders’ ability to sell our core products across the country.”


Lisa Wind

Inspiring Leadership Award – Lisa Wind, Manager-Customer Service Phone Teams

This award recognizes an employee who has shown incredible leadership skills and can be described as inspiring, decisive and visionary, yet humble and willing to give credit to others.

“Lisa is a one-of-a-kind boss. She listens to you and is there to assist in any way she can,” wrote one of her nominators. “The team respects and appreciates her leadership skills, which help them become a successful member of the team and grow in their position.”


Wayne Huegerich

Enduring Impact Award – Wayne Huegerich, SVP-Accounting

This award recognizes an employee for a significant, long-term contribution or body of accomplishments to Homesteaders that make a lasting impact on the company’s success.

“Wayne has an unmatched wealth of knowledge of Homesteaders and regulatory reporting requirements,” explained one of his nominators. No matter the challenge, “deadlines are always met, audits go smoothly and regulatory reports are always filed on time.”

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