About Us

Our "Hall Of Fame" Leadership Team

Chairman

Fran Tarkenton

As one of the NFL’s all-time great competitors, Fran Tarkenton knows better than most what it takes to succeed in a competitive arena. He is an NFL and College Football Hall of Famer. As quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, Fran took his team to the 1973, 1974 and 1976 Super Bowls. He set all-time NFL passing records for touchdowns, yards gained passing and completions, which stood for 17 years.

Fran is a hands-on entrepreneur. Since starting in the insurance business with Franklin Life in 1959, Fran has kept his hands in the soil, launching 20 successful companies over the last 30 years, the largest reaching revenues of $142 million.

Fran started our sister company, Tarkenton Financial, in 2003 and is so excited to expand into the senior market with the launch of Tarkenton Senior Solutions in 2022. During this time, Fran has been an advocate for sound retirement strategies for boomers and retirees across the country. As Chairman, Fran leads the way in casting the vision and atmosphere that drives Tarkenton Senior Solutions and agent partners. Fran is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and a popular author and media personality. His latest book is The Power of Failure: Succeeding in the Age of Innovation. Fran is the founder of the Tarkenton Institute for Entrepreneurial Development, which works closely with the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business to offer the Tarkenton Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

At age 83, Fran continues to follow his passion for business on a daily basis, coaching our agent partners to grow their businesses. His philosophy is that there is only one reason for a business to exist — to provide products and services that improve the quality of life of its customers.

Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Rick Barnes

Rick Barnes is a seasoned insurance professional with 27 years of experience in the industry. Rick is responsible for the day to day operations of our Company and our national career distribution network. He has a proven track record of success in recruiting, training, and developing hundreds of agents and managers. Rick is a proud member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and holds the prestigious Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Rick is a devoted father to his three daughters and lives in Charlotte, NC. He sold his agency in 2010 and went on to develop the “blueprint for success” training system. He started his insurance career with ING in 1995 and has never missed a convention.

When he’s not working, Rick enjoys playing golf and traveling. He is an avid college football fan and supports the University of Georgia. He also played college baseball. After he sold his agency, he was consulting managers across the nation, waiting for the right time to launch Tarkenton Senior Solutions.

Chief Sales Officer

Eric Lewis

Eric Lewis is a highly experienced insurance professional with 25 years in the industry. Eric will lead the effort to both grow our agent base and develop our pool of managers. He is married to Kim and has five children. Eric resides in Cedartown, GA, where he enjoys an active lifestyle and a close-knit community.

Eric’s background in sports, particularly baseball at Augusta College and football at Carson Newman, has shaped his competitive nature and drive for success. He is also an avid scratch golfer, which helps him to relax and recharge outside of work.

Throughout his career, Eric has focused on recruiting, training, and building insurance agencies. He spent 13 years with Bankers Life and Casualty as a Branch Manager, where he hired and trained over 500 agents all over the southeast. Eric has a strong background in annuities and life insurance, and he takes pride in building relationships and coaching managers to achieve their goals.