Press Release

The Des Moines Register Names American Equity a Winner of the Iowa Top Workplaces 2020 Award

September 15, 2020

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 15, 2020-- American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company®, a leading underwriter of fixed index annuities, has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Des Moines Register. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“In times of great change, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection among employees,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward based on real-time insights into what works best for your organization. The Top Workplaces program can be that positive outcome your company can rally around in the coming months to celebrate leadership and the importance of maintaining an employee-focused culture, even during challenging times.”

American Equity, CEO Anant Bhalla says, insurance is not about contracts or business models — it’s about the relationships between employees, partners and contract owners. American Equity is honored to be recognized for a tenth consecutive year as a Top Workplace. It proves that taking a people-first approach to company culture not only leads to success in the industry, but builds a dedicated team of employees.

“As we mark our 25th anniversary, I’m proud that the cornerstone commitments of customer service, integrity and dedication to our people and community comes through in everything that we do, with every one of our team members,” said Bhalla. “We were founded on the idea of great people providing great service. And that philosophy thrives today as our team of over 600 service more than half-a-million contracts that help fund people’s retirements across the country.”

The dedication to melding bedrock commitments and the ability to adapt to changing environments can be seen in American Equity’s continued commitment to providing excellent employee benefits, engagement, career development, team events, and community involvement as the business and workforce grow. “I love that our team members truly care for each other in word and action,” says EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Jennifer Bryant. “We have a much larger team than we’ve ever had, but team members still deeply connect and support one another, whether its cheering each other on, jump starting a car in the parking lot or coming together in times of family and community challenge to shoulder the burden together. Our team members are simply the best and they make American Equity a Top Workplace!”


American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company® is a full-service underwriter of fixed annuity products, with a primary emphasis on the sale of index annuities. Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company is committed to providing products with integrity, as well as superior service to the agents it partners with and their policyholders. For more information, please visit

About Energage

Energage offers a fully unified SaaS platform, plus support and professional services, to help organizations recruit and retain the right talent. As a B-Corporation founding member, Energage has committed itself to the purpose of making the world a better place to work together. Based on 14 years of culture research, the engine behind 51 Top Workplaces programs across the country, and data gathered from over 20 million employees at 60,000 organizations, Energage has isolated the 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any business, and developed the tools and expertise to help organizations measure, shape and showcase their unique culture to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. For more information, please visit Follow us on Twitter @teamenergage and Facebook and LinkedIn @energage.

Heather Gierstorf
Vice President – Communications
American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company®

Source: American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company