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About FIRST Insurance Funding Corp.

First Insurance Funding Corp. (FIRST), a subsidiary of Wintrust Financial Corporation, together with its banking affiliates, is the largest traditional life insurance premium finance lender in North America. With over $3.1 billion in outstanding life insurance premium finance loans originated by FIRST and its banking affiliates, FIRST’s lending programs enable high net worth clients and corporations to obtain the life insurance they need, while retaining their assets for other investment opportunities. 

Mark Storms, CLU, ChFC
Vice President, Eastern Region
856-727-1410 | mstorms@firstlifefunding.com

As the Eastern Region Vice President for First Insurance Funding Corp., Mark has closed over $514,351,000 of initial life insurance premiums since 2010.  He works with the top life insurance professionals and Regional Vice Presidents of the life insurance carriers and is responsible for educating and promoting the unique loan designs that First Insurance Funding Corp. offers.  Prior to joining First Insurance Funding Corp., Mark was a Relationship Manager for Franklin Templeton Investments.  During his tenure, he worked with the broker/dealer firms within the Financial Advisor Channel and maintained relationships to support all aspects of Franklin Templeton’s mutual fund products, processing and technologies, along with managing projects, clients and staff.  Mark created a marketing campaign to launch AdvisorCentral, a joint venture between Franklin Templeton, Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments and PFPC, where he eventually became the National Accounts Executive.

Mark holds a bachelors degree in Economics from Rowan University along with Chartered Life Underwriter & Chartered Financial Consultant designations from The American College.  He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.

Amanda Z. Eldridge, CLU, ChFC
Vice President, Southwest Region
512-694-6784 | amanda.eldridge@firstlifefunding.com

Amanda Z. Eldridge, CLU, ChFC joined FIRST Insurance Funding Corp. in September of 2015, developing premium finance business and helping firms source additional opportunities with their clients across the Southwest. Prior to joining FIRST, she spent 11 years with National Financial Partners (NFP) in various roles, but a primary focus for the last eight years on life insurance premium finance. During that time, Amanda developed substantial knowledge of the marketplace, including design, product, and consultation. She also spent three years as an actuary with Mercer Consulting. Amanda obtained a degree in mathematics and actuarial science from the University of Texas, and holds Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations from the American College.

About Wintrust Financial

Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets in excess of $22 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: WTFC). Wintrust operates 15 individually chartered community bank subsidiaries with more than 150 locations throughout the greater Chicago and Milwaukee market areas.

Additionally, Wintrust operates various non-bank subsidiaries including a company providing short-term accounts receivable financing and value-added outsourced administrative services to the temporary staffing services industry; companies engaging primarily in the origination and purchase of residential mortgages for sale into the secondary market throughout the United States; and companies providing wealth management services including broker-dealer, money management services, advisory services and trust and estate services.  

For more information visit the Wintrust website at www.wintrust.com.