Allianz CEO to speak at First Friday Luncheon Oct. 7

Allianz CEO to speak at First Friday Luncheon Oct. 7

Mark Zesbaugh, president and chief executive officer of Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, is the next speaker in the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association’s First Friday Luncheon Series.

The luncheon begins at noon Friday, Oct. 7, at The Depot, 225 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Zesbaugh, 41, is a 1986 St. Thomas graduate and a member of the university’s board of trustees. He will discuss the challenges and future of the insurance and financial services industry; he also will speak about what he believes is crucial in the success of any organization: motivating and leading people, grooming their careers and helping others aspire to levels they didn’t think were possible.

Zesbaugh has led Allianz Life since 2002 after serving as senior vice president. He also is a member of the International Executive Committee of Allianz AG, the world’s third-largest corporation based on assets and the 14th largest based on revenue (Fortune, July 2005). Previously he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of LifeUSA Holding Inc., where he played a key role in that company’s merger with Allianz Life. Allianz Life has doubled its workforce in the last six years and is planning an expansion of its corporate campus in Golden Valley.

On first Fridays of each month during the academic year, the St. Thomas Alumni Association's First Friday Luncheon Series offers lunch and a speaker of current interest. St. Thomas alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, along with the general public, are invited. Cost of each luncheon and presentation is $25.  A limited number of $10 student tickets are available at the St. Thomas Box Office.

Underground or surface parking is available at The Depot. Parking vouchers will be available at the registration table for a special rate of $5. Free shuttle buses are available from the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses at 11:30 a.m. and will return to each campus following the luncheon.

Reservations for the Oct. 7 luncheon are due Friday, Sept. 30. Early reservations are recommended as these events fill quickly. For nonstudent reservations and further information, call the St. Thomas Alumni Association, (651) 962-6430, or register online the association’s Web site,