Ray Earns LIFEtime Achievement Award

Ray Bening, of Bening Financial Organization, Inc., has been honored with the first-ever Individual LIFEtime Achievement Award from the Principal Financial Group®.

He was chosen out of 1,000 financial professionals with The Principal®. “Ray consistently demonstrates the qualities we pride as an organization – honesty, integrity, and the desire to help clients protect their families and businesses and achieve their financial goals. Ray also commits a tremendous amount of time to protect client interests through involvement in industry organizations. We are proud to recognize Ray with our LIFEtime Achievement award and know he’ll continue to set the highest standard of integrity and client attention,” says Nick Cecere, vice president – Individual Distribution at The Principal.

The LIFEtime Achievement Award recognizes an individual, who throughout his or her partnership with The Principal, has continuously exceeded company goals set for their financial professionals and has demonstrated long-term dedication to meeting their clients’ financial goals. Bening has demonstrated professional guidance and service in helping business, family and individual clients in Iowa and 26 other states for over 25 years. His specialties include executive nonqualified deferred compensation plan design, administration and funding; corporate, personal and family life insurance review and placement; financial advisory services and retirement income planning. Bening’s continuous dedication and achievement has also earned him a place in the Principal Financial Group Hall of Fame, which represent the company’s very best financial professionals nationwide. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, Ray started his career in 1983 in San Francisco. He joined Bening Financial in 1990, a firm founded by his father Clark in 1974. In 2004, he assumed the role of president. Bening’s community involvement has included leadership roles in the Repertory Theater of Iowa, River Front YMCA, Roosevelt High School Foundation, Public Library of Des Moines Foundation Board, Prevent Blindness of Iowa and the Wakonda Club. Bening, his wife Carrie and their three children live in Des Moines.

About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group (The Principal®)* is a global investment management leader including retirement services, insurance solutions and asset management. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. Founded in 1879 and a member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group has billion in assets under management and serves millions of customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit www.Principal.com.

* “The Principal Financial Group” and “The Principal” are registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.