Project Description

Steve Morain


Steve Morain served 25 years as Senior Vice President/General Counsel with Farm Bureau Financial Services and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, guiding the insurance group’s growth from a small three state regional company to a group with national reach and billions of assets offering agricultural, property, casualty, crop, life, annuity and investment products before his retirement in 2008. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a general farm organization with over 150.000 families as its members with tremendous presence in the fabric of Iowa.

He served that entire time on the executive committees of the primary companies in the insurance group and the IFBF. In 1997 he counseled the FBL board and the various affiliated farm organization owners through the process of going public.

Morain served the Iowa insurance industry during many years on the board of the Federation of Iowa Insurers and its predecessors, president of the Iowa Life and Health Guaranty Association, and served an equal number of years on comparable boards in Colorado and Wyoming. After his retirement from Farm Bureau, he served for nine years as Executive Director/General Counsel of the Iowa Insurance Institute, representing the property/casualty industry. He also served on the steering committee of the International Insurance Symposium in Des Moines. and several terms on the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame board and functioned as its President on two separate occasions.

He was also heavily involved in the Des Moines community. He was a long time trustee and treasurer and served as Board Chair of Des Moines University; President of the Des Moines Library Foundation; Senior Warden and Treasurer of St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral; many years as a member and officer of the Iowa Law School Foundation; and served on the boards of the Des Moines Metro Opera and Prevent Blindness Iowa. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines, and assisted his wife when she served as Rotary District Governor throughout Iowa.

Despite his business and civic involvement, he found time to coach youth soccer for 14 straight years while his children were growing, as well as volunteering at horse shows, dance recitals, roller hockey tournaments, and school events.

He also found time to sing for over 25 years with the Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, was a long time member of Des Moines Concert Singers, and sang onstage with the Des Moines Metro Opera. His extended family and a few of their friends performed Handel’s Messiah in the family home for nearly 50 years at Christmas.

Morain is married to his wife, Erna, a Dutch native now an American citizen, and they share five successful adult children.

He was born in Jefferson and graduated from high school there, received his BA and JD degrees from the University of Iowa, and began his law practice with the Davis Law Firm in Des Moines after service in the US Air Force. He returned to the Davis Firm after retiring from Farm Bureau.

Both during and after his tenure with Farm Bureau, Morain was heavily involved in venture capital, economic development and state/private partner activities. He served on the boards of several public/private corporations created by the Iowa Legislature to foster economic growth.