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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bro Bryan D. Carroll - R.E. Lee Masonic Lodge No. 156 F&AM - Tupelo, Ms. - Biography

Brother Bryan D. Carroll, a native of Conway, South Carolina, graduated from Francis Marion University (South Carolina) in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) in Mathematics. A 3-Year United States Army R.O.T.C. Scholarship recipient, Bryan was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) for graduating first in his Reserve Officer Training Course class.

Bryan was Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation, Bryan served four years of Active Duty. He served as Medical Platoon Leader for the 70th Armor Battalion at Fort Polk, Louisiana and as Battalion Adjutant and Headquarters Company Commander for the 85th Medical Battalion at Fort Meade, Maryland where he was promoted to Captain prior to his departure from service. During his military career, Bryan received several commendations; the Meritorious Service Medal, the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters).

Upon his honorable Discharge from the Army, Bryan began his career in the Insurance Industry as a Field Representative for Woodmen of the World in South Carolina in 1988. In addition to being a member of the President's Club, Bryan reorganized several lodges in Williamsburg County, South Carolina and organized the construction of the Lodge Hall for Lodge No. 27 in Kingstree.

Promoted from Area Manager in 1993, Bryan recruited 18 Field Representatives during his 6 year tenure, validating all 18 recruits. He placed first in the Top 40 class during 1996 and was recognized for having the highest retention in the nation. In 1995 and 1996, Bryan received Woodmen's Quality Management Award for placing 3rd nationally among all Area Managers. From 1995 - 1998, Bryan received the Top Area Manager Award for South Carolina. Additionally, he was a member of the President's Cabinet during these 6 years, achieving Superstar in 1995 and 1996.

Promoted to State Manager in January 2000 for North California/North Nevada/Northwest Territory Marketing Area. During his tenure, he grew the number of Area Managers from 3 to 5 and the number of Field Representatives from 13 to 25. During this time, he was also instrumental during the merger and acquisition of the Neighbors of Woodcfarft in Portland, Oregon where he established an additional State Office for Woodmen of the World. During 2001, Bryan was appointed to serve on the President's and Field Managers Advisory Board. Upon his departure in April 2002, his Marketing Area was divided and two new State Managers appointed.

Appointed State Manager of North Mississippi in April 2002, where the previous year their NAFYC was $161,000. During 2009, North Mississippi set records in NAFYC and Volume; $520,293 and $76,198,348 respectively and are currently on track for a new NAFYC record in 2011. Upon arrival in North Mississippi, Bryan inherited 3 Area Managers and 13 Field Representatives. As of September 1, 2011, North Mississippi has 4 Area Managers and 35 Field Representatives (26 Alphas and 9 Deltas). Additionally, all North Mississippi Lodges have been qualified for "active" status each month during his tenure as State Manager. At the 2011 Mississippi Jurisdictional Convention, of the 22 North Mississippi Lodges, 12 Lodges received the 5 Star Award, 3 Lodges received the 4 Star Award, 4 Lodges received the 3 Star Award. In January 2011, Bryan was appointed to Woodmen's Field Work Committee.

Bryan, served as President of three Fraternal Corporations, The North California/North Nevada OmahaWoodmen Camp, Inc., the Northwest Territory Omaha Woodmen Fraternal Corporation, Inc., and the North Mississippi Fraternal Association, Inc.

Bryan is a member of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors (NAFIC) and the General Agents and Managers Association.

Bro Carroll is a Master Mason, in good standing with the Grand Lodge of Mississippi and a member of R.E. Lee Masonic Lodge No. 156 in Tupelo, Ms. Bro Carroll has served as Junior Deacon, Senior Deacon, and Junior Warden.

Bryan has been married for 17 years to Gail Knight, a former bank Vice-President and Compliance Officer who holds a graduate degree in banking from Louisiana State University. They have 2 adult children, Julius and Jentry and 2 dogs, Millie and Bert.

Bryan has now been promoted to State Manager in North Florida with Woodmen of the World and will assume his duties there on October 1st, 2011.

Bryan plans on making contact with the Grand Lodge of Florida and attend meetings at the local Masonic Lodge near his new State Office.

Bro Bryan D. Carroll, R.E. Lee Masonic Lodge No. 156

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