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Meet the Southeast Business Center Team

M. Lee Wagoner, CLU®, CHFC® - Regional Managing Director
770.850.0220, Ext. 128
Wagoner.Lee@principal.com

An Atlanta native, Lee began his insurance career in his home town in 1971. He joined the Bankers Life Company (later becoming the Principal Financial Group®) in 1976 as a brokerage consultant. He became the Agency Manager in 1985 and has served in that leadership role every since. He has served as President of the Optimist Club of East Cobb (the Outstanding President of Georgia), the Kiwanis Club of Ashford-Perimeter, The Atlanta National Association of Life Underwriters and the Atlanta General Agents and Managers Association. He has served on several National Industry Boards and Committees as well as the Managers Marketing Council for the Principal Financial Group. He is currently a member of CEO Netweavers. Lee is married and has three children and two grandchildren. He lives on his horse farm in Emerson, Georgia.

Don Weitzel - Managing Director
770.956.8300, ext. 3108
weitzel.don@principal.com

Don has recently taken the position of Managing Director in the Individual Career Distribution area of the Principal Financial Group®. He is responsible for recruiting and training career producers for the Individual Distribution area. Don has more than 25 years of industry experience, beginning his career in 1986 with Old Northwest Agents. He joined The Principal® in 1998 as Vice President of Group Benefits Sales and Service. Don assumed the responsibilities of Vice President of Business Operations and Sales for The Principal in 2009. He was responsible for managing the profit and loss of the insured medical division in the state of Georgia. He also lead the benefits and network strategy - including strategic direction of The Principal Edge NetworkSM - for that market. Don earned a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Chadron State College. He has served as the Regional Lupac Chairman for the Tennessee Association of Life Underwriters and was President-elect of the Knoxville Association of Life Underwriters in Knoxville, TN, before transferring to Atlanta in 1997. Don, Kelli and daughter Shelby live in Kingston.

Jason Kehler - Managing Director
770.850.0220
kehler.jason@principal.com

Jason has recently made the transition to Managing Director in the Southeast Business Center of The Principal Financial Group®. As a career agent with The Principal®, Jason received the Pacesetter award, as well as Premiere Club Qualification. He uses his field experience in his new responsibilities of recruiting and training career producers for the Southeast Business Center. In the community, Jason serves on planning committees for The Buckhead Club and Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Jason has an eclectic background starting with an M.F.A. from The University of Virginia in Acting. He is very active in the film community of Atlanta doing stunt work on the movies and television shows being produced. He lives in Kennesaw with his wife, Teresa, and two sons, Greyson and Christian.

James R. Wech, CLU®, ChFC® - Associate Managing Director
770.850.0220, Ext. 127
Wech.James@principal.com

Jim has 36 years experience in the industry, specializing in the design and implementation of Estate Plans, Business Succession plans, and Executive Benefit plans. He is a Princor Registered Representative and a FINRA-registered Principal. Jim is a member of the National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU), the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He is also a past president of The Society of Financial Service Professionals - Atlanta; and a former board member of the Educational Foundation Inc. Department of Risk Management and Insurance - Georgia State University.

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