President and CEO
Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.
“‘Protecting the greater good’ is more than a slogan at Church Mutual. Every day, across the U.S., we serve organizations that improve the human condition. It’s a responsibility that’s very personal to me, and I’m proud that our customers value our strength, stability and commitment to their missions. People matter.”
Rich Poirier joined Church Mutual in April 2011 as vice president — claims and was promoted to chief operating officer in October 2011. He was named president in 2014. He assumed his present position in January 2016.
Poirier earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University in 1983. Following graduation, he was given a direct commission in the United States Navy through its Law Education Program. Poirier earned his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University in 1986. Following law school graduation, he entered four years of active duty as a Navy judge advocate in Norfolk, Virginia.
Following his discharge from active duty, Poirier continued his service in the Navy Reserves. He held a number of prestigious assignments, including two commanding officer tours. He retired in 2010 at the rank of Captain. His numerous awards and decorations include two Navy Achievement Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and a Meritorious Service Medal.
Poirier is active in numerous civic organizations. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Aspirus, Inc.; the NTC Foundation; the Marathon County Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Wausau Wolf Pack Youth Lacrosse Association.
Poirier is a member of the Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Wausau, Wisconsin.