BYU Management Society to host lunch featuring retired Nationwide CEO

ST. GEORGE – The St. George area chapter of The BYU Management Society is hosting a chapter lunch Thursday, Feb. 21, featuring Dimon Richard McFerson, retired chairman and CEO of Nationwide.

About the speaker: 

Dimon Richard McFerson retired as Chairman and CEO of Nationwide on Dec. 31, 2000. Nationwide is one of the Country’s top ten insurance organizations based in Columbus, Ohio, with assets exceeding $150 billion. He was elected president of the Nationwide property/casualty companies in 1988, and promoted to CEO in 1992. During his eight years as CEO, McFerson repositioned Nationwide through acquisitions and divestitures into a national provider of commercial and personal lines property and casualty insurance, life insurance and retirement savings products.

McFerson joined Nationwide in 1979 as vice president of internal audits. He has a long line of being vice president at several locations including Surety Life Insurance Company, in Salt Lake City, as senior vice president of finance.

He was honored in March 1997 with the National Jewish Fund Tree of Life award for exemplary leadership and humanitarian service; and in June 1997, the Columbus Chapter of the American Red Cross awarded him their first Humanitarian of the Year award. In April 1999, he received The Heart of Higgins award from The American Heart Association and the Columbus Chapter of the American Cancer Society presented him their top award in May 1999. Following that he has been awarded many other great achievements.

McFerson and his wife, Darlene, have seven children, 25 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. They alternate their time between their Powell, Ohio and St. George, Utah homes.

BYU Management Society’s focus is to grow moral and ethical leadership around the world. No restrictions on membership exist, except that members are expected to live by standards that will bring credit to the Management Society.  Locally, the BYU Management Society St. George Chapter has established a scholarship program available to students pursuing post‐secondary education at either Dixie State College or any of the BYU affiliated universities. Monies will be paid directly to the recipients’ school of choice to help defray the cost of tuition. Preference will be given to students pursuing business related education.

Event Information:

Date: Thursday, Feb. 21

Where: Dixie College Gardner Center, 225 South 700 East St. George , Utah

Time: Noon

Cost: $15 (now accepting cash, check or credit cards).

To reserve a spot contact Nate McNamee at [email protected] or call (435) 669-9400.

Upcoming luncheons and events: 

March 23 – BYU Management Scholarship Banquet with President Cecil O. Samuelson, President of BYU. This is the organization’s annual fundraiser. Tickets are $40 per person or $300 for a table of 8. Space is filling up fast so get your reservation in soon. Sponsorships available.

April 25 – Luncheon – Coach Dave Rose, head basketball coach of the BYU Cougars.

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