Important Updates & News
A Message from Jim Sullivan 

President, NEEBC Board of Directors

Jim is a Principal at Mercer.
 
     What a difference a year makes! As we headed into the summer of 2015 there was still snow on the ground in South Boston and the Red Sox were mired in last place. A year later we escaped the winter relatively unscathed and the Sox are tied atop the American League East. While 2015 was a good year for NEEBC, 2016 has brought a renewed energy and excitement to the entire organization. The programming in the first quarter was very strong - led by our largest Health Insurance Market Outlook program in years. And as far as energy and excitement goes, there's nothing like having the sitting governor speak at the Annual Employee Benefits Summit to charge up the employee benefits professionals in the region! Governor Baker's presence and address was preceded by a truly exceptional day of programming, learning, networking and a lot of laughs. Personally I took great pleasure in not tripping on my way up on the stage.
     I find myself tremendously fortunate to be assuming the role of President of NEEBC in 2016. The membership is vibrant, the programming is exceptional, the board is a great representation of the diversity of the employee benefits profession in the New England area, and the NEEBC staff is well positioned to continue to support all of us as we continue to grow in our careers and lives. I can only hope that in three years I can hand this role to my successor in as great shape as Karen Hunter did for me.
     Finally, I was struck by how many people stopped me at the Benefits Summit to ask what they can do for NEEBC. Channeling my best John F. Kennedy (the president, not our board member although he does have some great quotes too), what can NEEBC do for you? We want to know what's important to you. What's missing? What do you need more of...or less of? What topics do you want to hear more about? NEEBC is about the membership and we're here to serve you. 
     OK, one last thing. For those who asked me what they can do; get involved. Join a committee. Attend some events. Bring us a topic you think the membership might be interested in hearing about. Come out for a round of golf in the annual golf outing and get to know people. We're here for you and we look forward to seeing you!
     Have a great summer!
The June 10 Annual Employee Benefits Summit was a huge success! From Patty Houpt, Executive Director:  
 
Sold-out crowd!
 
 
Rosemarie Day, John Brouder, Governor Baker & Patty Houpt
 
David Guadagnoli, John Mancuso &Tom Oksanen
 
I want to extend special thanks to the Summit Planning Committee and John Brouder for all their efforts to create a dynamic, sold-out event, and to the 56 Exhibitors. The 15 conference speakers provided thought leadership and inspiration for each session throughout the day - starting with Rick Weil as the morning keynote, to all our panelists and afternoon speakers, and our special guest speaker to conclude the day, Governor Charlie Baker - THANK YOU!  Please view our photo gallery from the day. 
Kudos to the Scholarship Winners
NEEBC has awarded over $170,000 since 1990. 

2016 Crummey Scholarship
Constance Crummey, 
Russell Gaudreau Scholarship  
2016 Palma Scholarship
Victoria Palma, 
Michael P. Zingg Memorial Scholarship  
Constance is a graduate of Boston College and is currently enrolled at Boston University, Questrom School of Business. She is pursuing a double concentration in Health Sector Management and Leadership and Organizational Transformation. Constance is a Senior Associate at Mercer Health and Benefits. 
Victoria is a graduate of Florida International University and is currently enrolled at Harvard Extension School where she is pursuing her graduate degree. She is a Benefits Administrator currently employed by Sonesta International Hotels. Victoria is also Co-founder of Status Novi, a nonprofit start-up and is a member of SHRM. 
 
 
Tuesday, August 2nd at the Framingham Country Club

Questions: Email
Kerry@neebc.org or call 781-684-8700 
 
Member Briefs - Kudos to All

NEEBC welcomes 46 New Members in the past four months. 

Patty Bean, Vice President, Eastern Benefits Group announced the acquisition of BBS Employee Benefits. Fred Colman, the President, is joining Eastern Benefits Group as Senior Vice President of Sales.  Other new employees include: Michael Bettano, Account Executive in the Wakefield office; Audris Terrero, Account Manager, in the Wakefield office; Deven Koswick, Benefits Implementation Specialist in the Norwell office; and Dipesh Patel, Stop Loss Underwriter in the Natick office.

Brian D. Dillon, Consultant, joins Fiduciary Investment Advisors
as part of their Boston office expansion. He will focus on defined contribution retirement plans, both corporate and tax-exempt.

Discovery Benefits
was honored by WEX Health with the Partner Excellence Award for outstanding business achievements. Discovery Benefits is also gearing up to celebrate its 30th anniversary in January 2017.

Alysse Foley, Benefit Analyst, joins Sullivan Benefits
after serving as an Assistant to the Executive Director at Protect Our Breasts.

Susan Glover, Client Relationship Manager/Director, Corporate Wellness, 360 Corporate Benefit Advisors announced her certification as a Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC) from the Chapman Institute.

Kathleen Greer, Founder & Chairman of KGA, Inc.,
was honored with the 2016 Seal of Distinction from WorldatWork for workplace flexibility. Watch KGA's new video about the importance of flexible work arrangements.

Hooker & Holcombe's Investment Advisory group was named Top 100 Plan Adviser by PlanAdviser magazine. They are also celebrating their 60th Anniversary. The following are new employees or positions: Steve Lemanski, Consulting Actuary; Kate Pizzi, Consultant, Investment Advisory; Peter Ganey, Senior Client Relationship Manager; Alison Enot, Administrative Assistant; Gorgann Thibault, Service Center Analyst; Alison Willneff, Senior Record Keeping Specialist; Yelena Pelletier, Manager, Actuarial Services; Nik Boivin, Actuarial Associate; Jon Plumb, Senior Actuarial Associate; and Rob Lessard, Actuarial Specialist.

Ramesh Kumar, CEO, zakipoint Health welcomes Bijay Ghimire as the new CTO. Bijay was previously the CTO of Verisk Health.

LeanBox is pleased to welcome Erine McDonnell, CPWC as the new Employee Benefits and Worksite Wellness Expert. LeanBox is also now serving Rhode Island and won an award by Tech-in-Motion.
 
The Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters (MassAHU) installs new board members and recognizes those stepping down. Many are NEEBC members including Mim Minichiello, Rob DiMase, Mark Gaunya, Marie Chalmers, Matt Shadrick, Todd McDonald, Jean Russell, Christopher Powers and David Shore.

Paul Montgomery, Vice President of Relationship Management, recently joined Marathon Health.
The Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce named Marathon Health the 2nd Best Place to Work in Vermont.


Donna Neely, Partner at QRGA, LLP, co-chaired and moderated the first Employee Benefit Plan Conference in May sponsored by the MA Society of CPAs ERISA Committee.

Tom Oksanen, Vice President, Liberty Mutual shared that they won the 2016 Plan Sponsor of the Year for their Corporate 401(k) > $1B.  
 
Scott Riordan, Director of Health & Welfare Services, Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group shared the recognition by WEX Health for Outstanding Achievements.

Chris Sharp, Marketing, Sapers & Wallack
announced their firm was awarded Small Firms Family Business of the Year by Northeastern University's Family Business Awards.
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