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Leadership with results-driven impact.

Joseph Ruch
Vice President of Surety

Joe Ruch, VP Frankenmuth SuretyAs Vice President of Frankenmuth Surety, Joe brings more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and nearly 20 years in Surety operations. Joe joined the company in 2019, as Senior Director and head of Credit and Risk. His evaluation process for understanding the operations of a contractor consists of an assessment of the senior management team and their level of oversight, the entity’s internal control structure, and the job costing systems to determine reporting capabilities. His areas of focus and expertise include portfolio and enterprise risk management, credit modeling, financial statement and tax interpretations, forensic financial investigations, and evaluating individual contractors and single-project risks. Joe is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). He has a master’s degree in Finance and has presented at CFMA and International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) conferences. Contact Joe by email or phone at 704-421-7003.


Erik Steenken
Vice President of Field Operations

Erik Steenken brings 13 years of surety experience and eight years of management experience to Frankenmuth Surety. Erik directs corporate efforts for profitability, growth, and service levels of all profit centers; supports the development and communication of strategic and operational plans; and supervises the surety business unit across all regions. Erik has extensive knowledge and experience with contract and commercial surety, underwriting, business development, and leading teams. He holds a Juris Doctor degree in law from St. Mary’s University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds his Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding designation. Contact Erik by email or phone at 512-657-9006.


Kyle Conklin
Regional Director, New York and New Jersey

Contact Kyle by email or phone at 989-480-4296.


Bill Gellhausen
Regional Director, Texas

Contact Bill by email or phone at 704-421-7004.


Kevin McCosh
Regional Director, Northeast

Kevin’s territory includes the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. Contact Kevin by email or phone at 704-421-7006.


Sharon Perry
Express Program Director

Contact Sharon by email or phone at 704-421-7012.


Ford Rogers
Regional Director, Mountain States

Ford’s territory includes the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Contact Ford by email or phone at 704-421-7015.


Zach Schulte
Regional Director, Midwest

Zach’s territory includes the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Contact Zach by email or phone at 989-480-4322.


Cheryl Torrao
Regional Director, Southeast

Cheryl’s territory includes the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Contact Cheryl by email or phone at 704-421-7007.