AEG Welcomes Julie Larson as VP of AE Ventures

Julie A. Larson has joined American Enterprise Group (AEG) as Vice President of AE Ventures, AEG’s venture capital company. In this role, Larson will lead AEG’s innovation initiatives, including capital investments, pilot programs, and the incubation of new business ideas and market opportunities. She will also manage the AE Ventures team, which includes Julie Pearce, Director of Innovation Solutions, and Chad Zelle, Technical Lead.
 
“Julie is a strategic, solutions-focused leader who has a successful record of driving results,” said Dave Keith, Executive Vice President, COO at AEG. “With her depth of insurance technology experience, proven ability to manage cross-functional teams, and entrepreneurial mindset, she will be instrumental in furthering the objectives of AE Ventures. We are excited to have her on the AEG team and leading our innovation efforts.”
 
Prior to joining AEG, Larson was Vice President, Information Technology Application and Information Systems Director at EMC Insurance in Des Moines. She spent 35 years in various IT-related roles at EMC, where she effectively identified, strategized, communicated, and executed short- and long-term tactical roadmaps by establishing new systems, building versatile teams, and implementing best practices across multiple areas.
 
“At AEG, we are committed to creating solutions to help our customers secure their financial futures,” said Tom Swank, CEO of AEG. “Having Julie lead our efforts to find innovative ways to grow and improve the health and wealth of our customers will generate value for our organization while enhancing the customer experience.”
 
A Des Moines native, Larson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in Computer Information Systems from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She holds several certifications from The Institutes, including Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Personal Insurance, and Associate in Management. Active in her community and profession, she has held several leadership positions, including President of the Property Liability Association of New Systems, Area Governor of Toastmasters International with a Distinguished Toastmasters certification, President of the Waukee Vocal Boosters Club, and a current member of both the CPCU Society and the CIO Forum.