INDIANAPOLIS — Brokers are a hard-working group, with the goal of helping their clients provide the best employee benefits in the most cost-effective manner. And with all the disruption in the insurance industry as well as the turmoil over potential health care legislation, the challenges continue to mount.

The best examples of brokers who are meeting these challenges are the five finalists for BenefitsPRO's 2017 Broker of the Year:

  • Felipe Barganier Sr., CEO of GAB International LLC, based in Atlanta, Ga.

  • Lisa Boucher, vice president of employee benefits at Cross Insurance, of Portland, Maine

  • Susan L. Combs, CEO of Combs & Company, based in New York, N.Y.

  • Mark S. Gaunya, principal and the CIO at Borislow Insurance and the founder and CEO of Captivated Health in Boston, Mass.

  • Justin White, partner and employee benefit specialist, Brock & Spencer Benefits, based in Chattanooga, Tenn.

2017 Broker of the Year awarded


The award for Broker of the Year 2017 went to Susan L. Combs. It was announced at the BenefitsPRO Broker Expo today.

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Rosalie Donlon

Rosalie Donlon is the editor in chief of ALM's insurance and tax publications, including NU Property & Casualty magazine and NU You can contact her at [email protected].