Our Staff

Tim Peoples, President

Tim started in the securities business over 30 years ago as a registered representative.  Tim is the Chairman, CEO and President of American Equity Investment Corp. and American Capital Management, Inc., our affiliated Registered Investment Advisor. He currently holds a Series 7,24,63,51, Insurance and Real Estate Broker license. Tim has been helping clients reach their financial objectives since 1980 and coaching representatives to help them meet their goals since 1985.


Shane Elsbury, Chief Compliance Officer

Shane joined American Equity Investment Corporation in 2009. He currently holds Series 7, 24 & 63 licenses and is our Chief Compliance Officer. Shane is the person to call with those compliance questions and his personal objective is to get answers for you as quickly as he can. He graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science degree focused in marketing.  

Shane is eager to speak with you about the advantages our firm has to offer. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call him at 812-945-9888 or toll free at 877-945-9888.


Lila Jackson

Lila started in early 2001 with American Equity Investment Corp. and is our administrative and office manager. She has been a key person in the growth and development of our company. She performs the duties of commission accounting, bookkeeping, preparing tax records, licensing, forms administration, and computer set-up/maintenance. She obtained her Series 99 in 2012. 


Erica Malloch

Erica works in administrative support at American Equity. She joined the team in 2007 and has 15 years of business office experience. She also works in commission accounting, maintains files, handles the mail and does data entry. Erica will also likely be the first person you talk to when you call our office. She is excellent with representatives and customers and is an integral part of our team.


Marion L. (Sonny) Leonberger, Louisville Branch Principal

Sonny has over 30 years experience in the securities industry. A graduate of the Naval Nuclear Power Academy and a degree in finance from the University of Louisville, Sonny has been the OSJ for American Equity Investment Corp. in Kentucky since joining the firm in 2003. He has extensive knowledge in retirement plans as a previous owner/partner of pension plan administrative company. 

Sonny currently holds a Series 7, 24, 63 and 65, as well as a CFP certification. He is eager to work with those agents in the Kentucky market who are interested in advancing their securities career to the next level.