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2017 CE Credit Speakers and Presentations

Dr. Michelle Osborne
Deputy Commissioner
NC Department of Insurance
Presentation: NC Department of Insurance Update

As deputy commissioner, Dr. Osborne is responsible for regulation of insurance products in North Carolina. She is also working closely with Federal regulators on ACA related issues and Federal legislators on state specific issues concerning the GOP's AHCA bill. Dr. Osborne was a professor of insurance studies at Campbell University. She was a Sales Manager at Erie Insurance Group.

Dr. Osborne is a graduate of Campbell University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and George Fox University with a Doctor of Business Administration and Management, Business Administration and Management.
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Jim Stenger, NAHU President
Jim Stenger
Presentation: NAHU Outlook 2017
Jim started in the health insurance business in 1973. He has experience across many disciplines in group health insurance and employee benefits.

From 1973 through 1986, he worked at two major insurance companies and two international insurance brokerage firms. He joined a third-party administration firm in 1986 and grew it into one of the largest general agencies in the northeast. In 2010, he sold his company to BenefitMall where he served for two years as director of business development in New Jersey.

He and his wife Marilyn reside in southwest Florida where they dedicate their efforts to helping health insurance brokers develop their leadership, practice management, strategic planning and marketing techniques.
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Alan Katz
The Alan Katz Group
Past NAHU President
Alan Katz
Presentation: TBA

Alan Katz speaks and writes nationally on health care reform, technology, sales and marketing, and business planning. He is author of the award winning Alan Katz Blog and of Trailblazed: Proven Paths to Sales Success, which provides insights on the practices, processes and perspectives that separate high-growth professional producers from others.

Alan is a co-founder of Take 44, the developer of NextAgency, a data management platform helping brokers more efficiently sell and service their clients while helping to inoculate their agencies against high-tech disruptors. Alan is also co-founder of Insurgency Benefits which offers The Protect Plans, a safe and simple, fixed-cost self-funded medical plan with Refund Assisters through general agents nationwide.

Alan is currently president of the National Association of Health Underwriter's Education Foundation. He is a past president of the California and the National Associations of Health Underwriters and a recipient of NAHU's highest honor, the Harold R. Gordon Memorial Award, as Health Insurance Person of the Year.
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Mark Gaunya, GBA, LIA
Employee Benefits Advisor
Past President
Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters
Mark Gaunya
Presentation: TBA

Mark is an employee benefits advisor with over 24 years of experience in the employee benefits industry. As a former sales leader for several regional and national health insurance companies in three geographic markets, covering all market segments and employing multiple funding models - Mark is uniquely skilled in developing consultative solutions to complex challenges.

Seven years ago, Mark joined Jennifer Borislow as her equity partner and a Principal at Borislow Insurance. Prior to that, Mark was Vice President of Consumer-Driven Health Plan Sales for Tufts Health Plan and Destiny Health. He also served as the Vice President of Sales for Cigna Healthcare in Chicago, Director of Commercial Account Management for CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield in Washington D.C. and the Financial Controller for a healthcare provider operation in Alexandria, VA. More Bio
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Kevin Trokey
Partner & Coach, Q4intelligence
Keynote/National Speaker | Contributing Writer
Kevin Trokey
Presentation: Becoming the Feared Competitor

Kevin Trokey is driven to ignite curiosity and to push the industry through the barriers that hold it back. As a student of the insurance industry, he channels his own curiosity by observing and studying the players, the changing regulations, and the business climate that influence us all. Because a face-value analysis is rarely sufficient, his constant analysis takes him to a depth of understanding that allows for a healthier perspective; a perspective that enables agency leaders to understand their personal barriers and to craft strategies to knock those barriers down.

As a coach for agency development, marketing, and sales, he helps define the vision of where agencies want and need to go as an organization - the unifying piece most agencies lack. He then brings clarity to the processes that move agencies from where they are today to where they envision themselves being tomorrow.

He is a past President of both St. Louis and Missouri chapters of NAHU and he is currently serving as the Membership Chair for Region 6 of NAHU and is a program facilitator for NAHU's Platinum Advisor Summit.
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Eugene Starks
Partner, Benefit Administration Services, Ltd.
Eugene Starks
Presentation: Self-Funding

Eugene Starks is a Partner with Benefit Administration Services, Ltd. (BAS), a full service employee benefits TPA, consulting, and brokerage company. Eugene merged his independent employee benefits brokerage and consulting company, Starks & Company, Inc., with BAS in 2007. In 2014 Eugene and other partners launched the Acuity Group, an agency that focuses on integrating benefit administration technologies across the entire employee benefit spectrum.

Prior to owning and operating Starks & Company, Eugene worked with Advantage Health Plan; a New Orleans, LA based managed healthcare organization. At Advantage Health Plan (AHP) Eugene served as Director of Client Services where he was responsible for service and support for all AHP clients. Eugene also served as Chairman of the AHP Operations Team, an interdisciplinary team responsible for integrating services across the organization to assure an optimal customer experience. More Bio
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Reid Rasmussen,
CoFounder & CEO
Reid Rasmussen
Presentation: Navigating the Quicksand of Today's Coverage Gaps

Reid Rasmussen strategizes with brokers and employers to balance their benefit programs now and in an uncertain future. His solution is freshbenies, which combines telehealth, doctors online, advocacy, and prescription savings - all rolled into one easy-to-use card. In 2016, freshbenies was named the 255th fastest growing company in America on the Inc5000.

Reid grew up in Canada, received a Health Administration degree & formed his opinions against government-run health care. In 1991, he escaped to America & worked in both sales & management for two medical insurance companies (Group Health Cooperative and Regence BlueShield) and two General Agencies (BenefitPort and BenefitMall). More Bio
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Marcy Buckner,
VP Government Affairs - NAHU
Marcy Buckner
Presentation: NAHU and the New Government

Marcy M. Buckner is the Vice President of Government Affairs with the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). NAHU represents more than 100,000 health insurance agents, brokers and consultants involved in the sale and service of health, long-term care, disability, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and a variety of consumer-driven insurance products.

In this role, Marcy manages the association's state government affairs team, including the monitoring of activities of all state legislatures, insurance departments, and intergovernmental organizations to coordinate efforts to advance the interests of professional health insurance producers. Most recently her efforts have included the adoption of consumer protection legislation to regulate navigator entities in federally facilitated marketplace states, aiding state departments of insurance to apply for composite rating waivers from HHS, and assisting CMS in the development of the SHOP Early Access pilot program implemented this fall. More Bio
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Garland Scott
Chief Executive Officer UnitedHealthcare of The Carolinas and Georgia
Garland Scott
Presentation: Market Updates, Changes, and Expectations - Panel Discussion
As CEO, Garland is responsible for health plan operations which represents approximately 1.3 million covered lives and over $600 million of medical spend in the region. As its Chief Executive Officer, Garland is also charged with leading the health plans to successfully deliver affordable, quality health care programs to employers and members, which provide broad access to physicians and usable member tools to improve the overall health and well-being of the population served.

Garland joined UnitedHealthcare as Chief Executive Officer with UnitedHealthcare of the Carolinas and Georgia. Prior to that, he was with John Deere Health for 14 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Iowa and Illinois. John Deere was acquired by UnitedHealthcare in 2005. Garland has over 25 years of experience working in the health care and insurance industries. In his leadership positions, Garland has worked with notable clients including Eastman Kodak, Citigroup, Kroger, Bridgestone/Firestone, John Deere, General Shale, VF Corporation, as well as key public and government clients, including the State of Tennessee, the State of Iowa, the City of Memphis, and the City of Little Rock, the State of North Carolina, City of Greensboro, and Guilford County, NC. Garland has been involved in expanding and managing programs that provide insurance options that increased coverage and access for children like TennCare (Tennessee) and CHIP (Child Insurance Program) in Iowa, and seniors as he was involved in large expansions of Medicare Advantage offerings in Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia.

He holds a BS and MBA in Economics and Finance from East Tennessee State University. He is married with 4 children. Garland currently serves on the Board of Directors of Greensboro Partnership, YMCA of Greensboro, Salvation Army, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and North Carolina Prevention Partners. Garland also served on a Health Benefit Exchange implementation group sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, and is a member of the 2010-2011 class of Leadership North Carolina.

Roy Watson
Director of Individual, Small Group and Federal Markets with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC)
Roy Watson
Presentation: Market Updates, Changes, and Expectations - Panel Discussion

Mr. Watson began his Blue Cross career in January 1993 with Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania (High Mark Blue Cross Blue Shield) as a Claims Coder, then moved into a dedicated customer service role where he was a representative for large multi-state clients. He then moved to North Carolina in August of 1995 and became part of the sales organization, functioning in capacities ranging from Account Service Representative to Sales Director.

In his current role, Roy leads the sales and retention efforts for small business (1-50), individual customers, and federal segment customers for all 100 counties BCBSNC serves. He provides strategic leadership and direction for the sales team, stressing the importance of continued development and maintenance of key relationships in the community. These relationships foster membership retention as well as new membership growth. More Bio
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Jeff Kiser
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Aetna
Jeff Kiser
Presentation: Market Updates, Changes, and Expectations - Panel Discussion

Jeff Kiser is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Aetna. In this capacity, Jeff is responsible for all new business sales and account management activities in the Carolinas. Jeff has over 23- years of health executive experience including leadership roles with WakeMed Health & Hospitals where he served as Director of Managed Care Contracting / Corporate & Community Health and with UnitedHealthcare where he served as Director of Network Management for North Carolina. Jeff is an Eagle Scout and is also very active in the community where he has served on boards for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Raleigh Alumni Association and the YMCA. Jeff holds a B.S. in Business Management from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia.
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Colleen Gimbel
Vice President,
Berwick Insurance Group, L.L.C.
Colleen Gimbel
Presentation: Medicare Outlook

Colleen Gimbel is Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Berwick Insurance Group. Berwick Insurance is a National Marketing Organization specializing in recruiting and training agents to sell Medicare plans. Currently Colleen's responsibilities include overseeing Berwick's Marketing and Compliance departments, national recruitment and managing carrier contracts.

Colleen's experience varies from writing technical manuals for compliance, operations and accreditation to creating advertising for television, radio, newspaper and magazines. She also writes Medicare and Marketing articles for numerous magazines, websites, newspapers and newsletters. More Bio
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William J. West Jr., MD
CEO Health Equity
Presentation: The First 100 Days of the New Administration - HSAs and Fiduciary Responsibilities

Dr. West is a board certified OB/GYN and graduate of Jefferson Medical College. He founded First MSA (later First HSA) in 1999 as one of the first companies of its kind. First HSA was acquired by HealthEquity in 2011.

Dr. West has been actively involved in the Consumer Directed Healthcare (CDH) industry. He is a member of the HSA Coalition, the AHIP HSA Council, the American Bankers Association HSA Council and many other committees and councils.

He has participated in town hall meetings with former President George W. Bush and continues to work with members of Congress and other regulatory agencies on CDH products, rules and regulations. Dr. West is Senior Vice President of Business Development for HealthEquity.