Our Management Team 2

The Farmers Alliance Companies are led by a Management Team with extensive industry and company experience. They are guided by a Board of Directors who meet quarterly and oversee all aspects of the companies’ business. Directors are very involved in the operations and financial status of the companies and provide valuable leadership and direction to the Management Team.

The Farmers Alliance Management Team includes Keith Birkhead, Brian Lopata, Andy Edwardson, Jack Rader, and Paul Taliaferro.



Keith Birkhead CPCU, is Chairman of the Board. Keith joined Farmers Alliance in 1976 and held various positions in the Accounting Department prior to being named President and CEO in June of 1997. In 2014, Keith relinquished his President role, and in 2015 he retired from the company, while continuing to serve as Chairman of the Board.





Brian Lopata, AU, is President and Chief Executive Officer. Brian joined Farmers Alliance in August 2018, bringing more than 25 years of management experience from another regional mutual insurer. Brian has extensive experience in company operations, as well as a passion for working with independent agents to provide the highest level of service to our policyholders. A native of New York, Brian holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Economics from the State University of New York at Oswego.




Andy Edwardson, is Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Information Technology (IT). Andy oversees all aspects of the company’s technology efforts, supporting employees, agents and policyholders, and has been with Farmers Alliance since 1996.






Jack Rader, CPCU, is Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President, Marketing and Reinsurance. Jack joined Farmers Alliance in 1977 as a Claims Adjuster, and has since held field and management positions in the Marketing Department. Jack continues to manage the companies’ reinsurance, as he has since 1997.






Paul Taliaferro, CPA, CPCU, is Treasurer and CFO. Paul is responsible for the regulatory and tax reporting functions of the companies, and provides all needed financial information for the Board of Directors, policyholders and authoritative bodies. Paul oversees the companies’ asset portfolio. He joined Farmers Alliance in 1995.




The Farmers Alliance BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

  • Robert M. Alexander – Calhan, CO
  • Vincent Amanor-Boadu, PhD – Manhattan, KS
  • L. Keith Birkhead – McPherson, KS
  • R. J. Breidenthal, Jr. – Bonner Springs, KS
  • I. John Cholnoky – Gallatin Gateway, MT
  • Eric J. Larson – Wichita, KS
  • Marilyn Pauly – Wichita, KS
  • Brett A. Reber – McPherson, KS
  • Donald W. Schwegman – Greensburg, IN