Q&A with Larry Jansen

Larry Jansen, president and CEO of Grinnell Mutual, sat down for an interview with Brynn Farrell, a first grader in the Grinnell-Newburg School District, to talk about his work, play, and the perks of being president.

Can I ask you some questions?


What’s your favorite thing to do as president?

Help other people succeed.

What’s your favorite picture in your office?

I like the picture of my family.

Why are you retiring?

Because I’m old enough to retire.

What is your favorite candy?

The fact is, it’s chocolate.

What do you like to do that no one else can do because you’re president?

Change the rules.

Are your assistants nice?

Yes. They are all nice people.

What is your favorite game?


What is your favorite place to eat?

At Grinnell Mutual’s cafeteria.

What is your favorite piece of furniture in your office?

The couch.

Larry and Brynn took a quick candy break. Larry presented Brynn with a handful of Tootsie Pops. She declined them but accepted a bag full of chocolates.

What kind of Tootsie Pops do you like?

All of them.

What’s your favorite lunch to eat in the cafeteria?

Rarebit burgers.

What’s your favorite dessert?

If I was going to say a favorite dessert, it would be ice cream. Can you believe I stopped eating ice cream?


Because I was getting too fat.

Who’s your favorite president?

George Washington.

What’s your favorite iPad or computer in the building?

My laptop because it has the best internet.

Okay. I’m done.

Alright. I’ll call your Dad and let him know.