Independence Associates is comprised of a powerhouse team of business leaders and functional experts with experience across financial services. Whatever challenge you face, our team has faced similar situations, and every team member is fully committed to ensuring you get the best possible outcome. That means bringing real world knowledge and a practical mindset to problem solving.
Mark E. Schwarzmann, Founder & Principal
Mark Schwarzmann, our founder and principal, brings over 25 years diverse experience, including four years as a Board Member and Membership Committee Chair at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). He has run businesses in very large organizations (GE, American Express, and Ameriprise Financial) and small, entrepreneurial enterprises (Allfinanz and the GE Capital – ResCom joint venture). This diverse background, work with corporate boards, industry analysts, rating agencies, and related policymaking exposure provides an uncommon perspective.
He also stays involved in his communities having served as a Board Member and Committee Chair for both the Minnesota Opera and Bay Chamber Concerts and various other organizations throughout the years.
Senior Advisor – Oliver Wyman
Principal – Independence Associates
Chairman and CEO – RiverSource Life Insurance Companies
Chairman & CEO – RiverSource Distributors
President – Insurance, Annuities, and Product Distribution, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Senior Vice President – Insurance and Annuities, American Express
Group CEO – Allfinanz, Inc.
Senior Vice President – Wealth Management Services, GE Financial Assurance (now Genworth Financial)
Senior Vice President – Financial Institution Services, GE Financial Assurance
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – GE Capital-ResCom
Managing Director, Business Development – GE Capital Commercial Real Estate Financing & Services
Program General Manager, Cycle Reduction – GE Power Generation
Product Manager, Mechanical Drive Turbine – GE Power Generation
Manager – Product Development, Mechanical Drive Turbine & Compressor – GE Power Generation
GE Corporate Audit Staff
GE Financial Management Program