It is with great sadness that we share with you a message from
Jon Ziehl, President and Chief Executive Officer of PlanMember Services, an AESA Business Partner. Jon writes to us about the untimely passing of
Richard Ford, PlanMember's Chief Marketing Officer. Richard was a wonderful friend to AESA and many of our members. He will be truly missed.
Jon Ziehl, President & Chief Executive Officer
It is with tremendous shock and sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Richard Ford. Richard suffered unexpected complications from surgery performed last week and tragically passed away this morning (March 14, 2019) at Cottage Hospital. There are no words to express the sorrow and how much we will miss Richard.
Richard was the very first employee of PlanMember in 1985 and held numerous positions in the Company. He was most recently the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer. As CMO he successfully managed our Employer Group Development efforts and our Print and Digital Marketing Departments.
More importantly, Richard was a great person, kind, caring and loyal and a pillar in the community. Richard was beloved by everyone at PlanMember and much more broadly across our industry. Richard the person will be missed far beyond the doors of PlanMember.
The family appreciates all the support, both in-person and in your thoughts and prayers, however they ask that their privacy be respected at this time. We of course will keep you informed as the details regarding services and remembrances become known.