Bob O’Connell is the corporate counsel and secretary of HEMAR
Insurance Corporation of America, a South Dakota corporation. HEMAR is
an insurer of approximately $7 billion in student loans nationwide and
is a subsidiary of Student Loan Marketing Association (Sallie Mae). Before
joining HEMAR, O’Connell served in various capacities for the
Blues in Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota. His last position at Blue
Cross Blue Shield of South Dakota (now Wellmark) was vice president and
chief administrative officer.
O’Connell has a bachelor’s degree in political science and history
from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn., and a Juris Doctor degree from
Hamline University School of Law, also in St. Paul. He is admitted to practice
law in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.
O’Connell has served on numerous community boards and committees.
He is presently a board member of the Good Shepherd Center in Sioux
Falls and the
Sioux Falls United Way Allocations Board.