Rodney E. Thornton [Rod] is a Senior Financial Services Representative and former Regional Managing Director for Principal Financial Group. Rod entered the financial services industry in 1972 in Cleveland Ohio and moved to Fresno in 1982. Since 1982 Rod’s Fresno office has been recognized as Principal’s top firm nationally on four occasions and Rod has been inducted into Principal’s Hall Of Fame for his service.

His professional qualifications include a BS in accounting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Chartered Life Underwriter [CLU], Chartered Financial Consultant [ChFC], Accredited Estate Planner [AEP], and Retirement Income Certified Professional [RICP] designations and in addition Rod is a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow. Rod has been actively involved in several professional organizations, including the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the Financial Planning Association, the Fresno Estate Planning Council, and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers where he has served on the Board of Directors and as President. His community Involvement has included the California State University, Fresno Craig School of Business- Business Associate, the Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation, and Hinds Hospice Board of Directors.

Rod is married to Lucia and has a daughter Christy. Rod enjoys family time, golf, boating, and any outdoor activity.