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Kent Misener

Kent Misener

Title:  CIO and Treasurer
Company:  Deseret Mututal Benefit Administrators
Location:  Bountiful, Utah

Education

BS, Economics, Utah State University, 1976
MBA, Utah State University, 1977

Huntsman School Interactions

Executive Leadership Speaker - February 9, 2011
Executive Leadership Speaker - February 18, 2009

Biography

Kent Misener is the CIO and treasurer of Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators and president and director of research for Crossroads Investment Advisors. Deseret Mutual Benefits Administrators is the employee-benefits arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its affiliated organizations, including the church itself, BYU, seminaries and institutes and Deseret Management Corporation companies. Unlike traditional insurance companies that may look for ways to save money by denying claims, Deseret Mutual serves as a trust administrator. They collect premiums from employers and employees and hold the money in a trust fund. Deseret Mutual then pays claims from the trust according to plan guidelines. The employers, who pay the majority of the cost for the employee benefit program, help set these guidelines. The various church-owned companies that make up the trust have representatives who serve as Deseret Mutual’s Board of Directors and Benefit Advisory Committee. Deseret Mutual offers a defined benefit retirement plan, defined contribution retirement plans, health, dental and death benefits. They have 27,500 employees and manage approximately $5 billion.

Mr. Misener received his bachelor’s degree in finance and economics and his MBA from USU. He is a CFA charter holder and is a speaker at various national conferences on the equity markets and the economy. He has served as an expert witness on investment returns and currently is a consultant to a variety of private and public sector pension plans. He is currently a member of the following organizations: Foundation for Education and Self Reliance; Corporate Asset Investment Committee and Benefits Finance Investment Committee – Intermountain Healthcare; Investment Committee – Beneficial Financial Group; Investment Committee – Utah State Insurance Reclamation Office; Investment Committee – Private Family Office; Investment Committee – Community Foundation of Utah; Deseret First Federal Credit and Salt Lake City Society of Financial Analysts.

Mr. Misener is married to Lorraine, who is also a USU alumnus. They live in Bountiful, Utah.

Videos

Executive Leadership Speaker: February 9, 2011

Executive Leadership Speaker: February 18, 2009