business woman leaping Industrymoves, acquisitions, and partnerships, including the AmericanRetirement Association, Hub International, and more. (Photo:Shutterstock)

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Busy employee benefits pros in early summer this year includethe following:

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Benefitfocus has appointed Ken Haderer to the newlycreated role of Executive Vice President, Global Operations.In thisrole, Haderer will leverage his deep industry and operationalexperience to drive core process improvements and evolve customerbest practices.

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Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, a nonprofitsocial enterprise and a national leader in financial counseling,and Best forNYC, a collaboration between the City of New York and B Lab,are partnering. Best for NYC is providing Trusted Advisor,Neighborhood Trust's workplace financial wellness benefit, as anexclusive offering to its 2018 business members. The service willbe available to the 1,500 businesses within the Best for NYCcommunity.

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Financial protection benefits provider Unum has appointed WadeHinton as vice president of diversity and inclusion effectiveAugust 20. Hinton will be responsible for strategic diversity andinclusion programming to ensure Unum's culture, environment andbusiness approach in every area is inclusive and respectful toall.

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BPAS, a nationalprovider of DB, DC, HRA, and HSA plan administration, transferagency, and collective investment fund and fiduciary services, hasnamed Greg Woods, CIMA as its Senior Vice President of BPASFiduciary Services. Woods replaces Rick Shultz, who retired fromBPAS at the end of June. Woods will oversee the BPAS FiduciaryServices division, including fund evaluation, portfolio managementand business development.

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Global insurance brokerage HubInternational Limited (Hub) announced a new strategy, two newacquisitions, and a new executive appointment. With this newstrategy, Hub aims to aggressively assemble best-in-classcapabilities and entrepreneurial talent across Canada to develop acomplete Employee Benefits solution. Its new acquisitions areOptimum Group Benefits & Insurance Services Ltd. (Optimum)based in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Wm. W. Hammond InsuranceAgency Incorporated (Hammond) based in Leamington, Ontario. Hammondwill join Hub Ontario and report to Gregory Belton, ExecutiveChairman for Hub's Wealth Management Employee Benefits and HubOntario. Optimum will join Hub TOS, reporting to Carol Mills, ChiefSales Officer of Hub TOS. In addition to adding talent andcapabilities via acquisition, Hub appointed Faizal Mitha as ChiefInnovation Officer of Hub's Canadian Employee Benefits business.Mitha will focus on building a best-in-class employee benefitssolution using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Carillon Tower Advisers, a global multi-boutiqueasset-management firm, has hired four experienced salesprofessionals adding to its Strategic Accounts and InstitutionalSales teams. With its affiliates, Carillon Tower has more than $67billion in assets under management and advisement. The StrategicAccounts team has hired James “Jim” Haggerty, CFA, and MichaelMayhew, CFA, as Senior Vice Presidents, while Justyna Z.Barczynska, CMFC, has joined as Vice President. In the newlycreated roles, Haggerty, Mayhew, and Barczynska report to Lance E.Peterson, Head of Strategic Accounts, and are responsible forplacing the firm's investment solutions with Carillon Tower'spartner platforms. The three new team members bring the StrategicAccounts team to a total of ten professionals. In addition to thegrowth of the Strategic Accounts team, the Institutional Sales teamhas hired Kieran Stover as Senior Vice President, InstitutionalSales & Consultant Relations, reporting to Don Pepin, Head ofInstitutional Sales. In his new role, Stover will be responsiblefor business development across the plan-sponsor spectrum includingPublic Funds, Corporate Pension Funds, Foundations and Endowmentswhile working collaboratively with West Coast teammates.

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TheAmerican Retirement Association (ARA) and Sal Tripodi of TRIPension Services agreed to transfer the rights to The ERISA OutlineBook (EOB) to the ARA. This will ensure the continuance of thepublication beyond Mr. Tripodi's retirement. Updated on a regularbasis to reflect the latest regulatory and legislativedevelopments, the Online Edition of The ERISA Outline Book is afully searchable and cross-referenced website.

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Andrew Berman has been named the Central Intelligence Officerfor Wink,Inc. where he is responsible for illustration benchmarking andcompetitive analysis for the company's life insurance competitiveintel suite. Berman reports to Sheryl J. Moore, Chief Storytellerat Wink, Inc., and he is a member of her senior leadershipteam.

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Benefits industry newsmakers: MetLife, NationalTax-Deferred Savings Assoc., OneAmerica

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C.J. Marwitz

C.J. Marwitz is a writer and editor.