Blake Mohr, Chief Executive Officer
In 2001, Blake Mohr along with twenty general agents joined forces to form Capitas Financial. Blake is now CEO of Capitas Financial. Before Capitas Financial, Blake was with ReliaStar for 14 years where he held several key senior management roles and was responsible for managing the company’s 401(k) business. Prior to ReliaStar, Blake was employed by Coopers & Lybrand as a member of their audit staff. Blake holds a B.A. in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Roger Weber, Chief Financial Officer
Roger Weber oversees all aspects of the finance and accounting functions of the organization. Roger is responsible for the analysis of budgets, financial trends and forecasting for the Capitas corporate office. Roger has worked in the financial services industry – primarily in the areas of finance and operations – for the past 30 years. Prior to this, Weber held several senior operational management roles with UnitedHealth Group and ING US Financial Services. He graduated from Northern State College with a degree in accounting, and completed the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College in 1994. Roger is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.
Amy Noga, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Amy Noga is responsible for daily operations, project management and resource management at the Capitas Home Office in Minneapolis. She is responsible for building and maintaining strategic relationships with Capitas’ preferred carriers, national accounts and vendors. Amy has extensive operational and leadership experience and is very knowledgeable in the areas of life, disability and long term care insurance. Prior to joining Capitas, Amy oversaw the benefit administration and underwriting teams at Aon, a benefit consulting and administration firm. She also previously worked at Prudential Life Insurance Company where she managed a number of strategic national accounts and new business teams. She also attended the University of Minnesota where she received her BA in Economics.
Ryan Walsh, Operations Manager
Ryan Walsh manages a number of projects and initiatives at Capitas Financial’s corporate headquarters in Minneapolis. He is responsible for managing carrier and vendor relationships, administering technology and security measures for the organization, and oversees day-to-day office operations. Ryan has more than 10 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to Capitas he worked for a multiple-line insurance agency supporting a general agent with 20 agents in the Twin Cities area. Ryan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Sales and Marketing.
Chris Peplinski, Director of National Accounts
Chris Peplinski joined the Capitas Financial team in 2020 as the National Accounts Manager. He is responsible for managing Capitas Financial’s 20-plus national account relationships and overseeing national account operations at the Capitas headquarters in Minneapolis. Chris began his career in the insurance and financial services industry as a Wealth Management Intern with JNBA Financial Advisors. Following this role he joined Diversified Insurance Brokerage Alliance as an Internal & External Wholesaler. In this role he facilitated case design to financial advisors and supported their new business and carrier appointments. He also oversaw marketing campaigns, carrier relationships and client databases along with many other responsibilities. He holds his Series 7 and 66 licenses. Chris obtained a B.S. in Finance from the Saint Could State University in St. Cloud, MN and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, MN.
Shara Beekman, Manager of Marketing & Events
Shara Beekman is responsible for developing content and design templates for Capitas branding, promotional and sales support resources, including website collateral and social media. She coordinates the distribution of print and electronic correspondences and also assists Capitas agencies with their marketing needs. Shara also manages the Capitas meeting and events planning as well as the coordination and execution. Shara is a graduate of Bethel University where she obtained a B.S. in Business with emphases in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She also holds a minor in Graphic Design.
Ash Lobejko, National Accounts Coordinator
Ash joined Capitas Financial in the fall of 2019 and is responsible for national sales reporting, database management and assisting with National Account operations. Ash has a BA degree in History with an Interdisciplinary focus on Economics and Society from Waldorf University. His experience includes: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Loan Servicing Specialist, Bankruptcy and Tax Operations Research Specialist at Ditech Financial and Customer Financial Services at Emerson Electric. He has extensive experience in Microsoft Office, quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, statistics and data organization and interpretation.
Alain Wittman, Director of Annuities
Alain Wittman leads annuity sales and marketing efforts for Capitas Financial. He works closely with Capitas principals, point-of-sale and back-office staff in the marketing, sale and processing of annuity business. Alain has more than 15 years of experience in the financial and insurance marketplace. He began his career as an Internal Wholesaler with American Express before taking on insurance and financial consultant roles with local financial advisory firms. Prior to joining Capitas, Alain held several roles with ING ReliaStar. He most recently served as the Business Development Manager for the Midwest territory where he has responsible for recruiting and training new reps, providing sales support and management.
Melissa Fedor, Senior Administrative and Marketing Coordinator
Melissa Fedor joined the Capitas Financial home office team as an Administrative Specialist in May of 2017. Melissa is responsible for supporting the Capitas executive team with marketing efforts, meeting coordination and administration support. Her background includes training, management and sales. Before joining Capitas, Melissa enjoyed 3 years as a personal banker for Wells Fargo, and 14 years as a Portrait Studio Manager for Lifetouch.
Bradford Dobesh, Sales Vice President - Annuities
Bradford Dobesh joined Capitas Financial in the spring of 2018 after spending 2 years as The National Director Business Development – Independent Agent Distribution for Horace Mann. Before joining Horace Mann, Bradford held positions with National Life Group / Life of the Southwest (LSW) as a Regional Vice President and Retirement Sr. Sales Consultant at Securian Financial Group working specifically with 401k, defined benefit and profit sharing plans. Prior to Securian, he served 7 years as a Business Development Manager for ING ReliaStar in the Southeast Region and worked 6 years with AXA / Equitable Retirement Benefits Group before joining ING. Bradford did his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He has his Series 6 & 63 FINRA License.