Since July 1, 2011, Mr. Mannion has been the Vice Chair of the Columbian Financial Group. Prior to the merger with Columbian, he was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Unity Mutual Life Insurance Company in Syracuse, New York. Beginning in 1882, Columbian Financial Group and its two main companies, Columbian Mutual and Columbian Life, provide life insurance coverages to working families in all 50 States.
Prior to assuming his duties as Unity’s Chairman, President and CEO, Mr. Mannion was the Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President. Prior to that, Mr. Mannion was a partner in various real estate ventures and held administrative positions with the General Electric Company and Syracuse City School District.
Mr. Mannion has an MBA from Syracuse University and a BA from the University of Notre Dame, is an FLMI (Fellow Life Insurance Management Institute) and an ACS (Associate Customer Service). He has received numerous awards from various groups including the ACLI Forum 500 Distinguished Service Award, Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Dean’s Citation, Fayetteville Fire Department (Chief’s Award, FFA President’s Award and Top Responder Award), Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce (Distinguished Citizen Award), and The Syracuse Teacher’s Association Professional Partnership Award. He has also been recognized by the International Fire Fighters Association, Onondaga County Volunteer Firefighters Association, Vietnam Veterans of America, Syracuse Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and Catholic Charities. He recently received Syracuse University’s Thursday Morning Roundtable Award For Meritorious Community Service.
Mr. Mannion is no stranger to industry and not-for-profit boards. He has served on the American Council of Life Insurers Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is a past chair of the ACLI’s Forum 500 and the past chair of the Life Insurance Council of New York. He currently serves on the Boards of Lifetime Health Care Companies, Inc., CenterState CEO (Past Chair), Crouse Hospital (Chair), Partnership of Franciscan Ministries and is a founding member of the Onondaga Environmental Institute. He is a Trustee of Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville, New York. He is an active member of the Fayetteville Fire Department where he is a firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, and the Lt.-Public Information Officer. He is the past Board Chair of the Fayetteville Firemen’s Association.
Mr. Mannion is married to the former Gwyn K. Heine, and they have six adult children; Brenna (Roche), John, Brigid (Grahame), Wali, Kristin and Michael.