News from CUNA Mutual Group,EPIC Holdings, Lockton, Plan Sponsor Council of America, Savoy, TheStandard, Willis Towers Watson. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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What are your employee benefits peers, clients, competitors upto? Here's a sampling of news that crossed our inbox, from newhires, to partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, promotions,agreements and more:

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WillisTowers Watson announced the appointment of CatherineHartmann as Rewards practice leader for North America. Inthis role, Hartmann will be responsible for the growth ofthe broad-based Rewards practice. She is based out of the company'sIrvine, CA, office.

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TIAAannounced that Chowan University, based inMurfreesboro, North Carolina, has selected the financial servicesprovider to be the sole recordkeeper of its 403(b) retirement plan,which includes approximately $20 million in assets.

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TheStandard announced the hiring of Joseph Simmons,CFA, as stable value sales director. This new position wascreated to support The Standard's growing product base of stablevalue funds.

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Savoy announced that Scott C.Overholt joined the company as Vice President, Consumerand Senior Markets. Overholt will be responsible for advancingmarketing, sales and retention strategies in the Medicare andIndividual markets and will also oversee Savoy'sDelaware-based contact center and the MySavoyBenefits.comwebsite.

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The Plan SponsorCouncil of America (PSCA) has launched its first annual HealthSavings Accounts (HSA) benchmarking survey to better understand howthese programs are designed and administered. The survey issponsored by Empower and Optum and is looking for plan sponsors toparticipate before the March 8 deadline.  Participatingplan sponsors will receive a copy of the full results. Advisors andproviders that successfully refer clients to the survey also willreceive a free copy of the survey report. Information [email protected]

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Locktonannounced the hiring of employee benefits consultant JoAnnLau in the Bellvue, Washington office. Lau joins Lockton'sgrowing team on the heels of Brad Cillian, humancapital entrepreneur and employee benefits practice leader in theMountain West. She is part of the Mountain West series, whichincludes offices in Denver, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

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HubInternational Limited announced it acquired the assets ofTRG Group Benefits and Pensions Inc.,headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The firmcustomizes employee benefits, pension and retirement plans forbusinesses and not-for-profit organizations. RobTaylor, Managing Director of TRG, will join Hub.

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Hub International Limited announced it acquiredthe assets of Sheridan Road Financial LLC andcertain of its affiliates. Sheridan Road manages more than $14billion in assets and services of more than 300,000 individualsthrough its retirement plan and wealth management practices.Founder and CEO of Sheridan Road, Daniel Bryant,and Managing Partner, Jim O'Shaughnessy, will joinHub Midwest. Sheridan Road's advisors will be part of HubInternational Investment Services Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, and asubsidiary of Hub. They will also maintain their broker-dealeraffiliation with LPL.

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EPICHoldings announced the closing of EPIC's acquisition ofIntegro Holdings Inc. (substantially all of theU.S. operations of Integro Group Holdings). In December 2018 itannounced an agreement to acquire Integro Holdings Inc. Integro USAis led by Marc Kunney, President of North AmericaOperations. The acquisition will add over 400 team members workingacross 22 US locations.

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CUNAMutual Group announced that its account management, wholesalersand sales management team have obtained their Behavioral FinancialAdvisor (BFATM) designation after completing a rigorous course ofstudy and training, offered through a partnership betweenThink2Perform and Kaplan Financial.

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ConeHealth's tele-ICU, called eLink, is now using Yorktel's Univago HEas its video platform, the companies announced.The solution hasbeen integrated into Cone Health's virtual care service and is nowoperational. Cone Health's virtual care service, eLink, has beenserving patients for 12 years, was the first tele-ICU in NorthCarolina, and supports over 1,000 calls per week providing expandedcare for critically ill patients in five different locations in theCone Health network.

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Cognoaannounced that Cambia Health Solutions is incorporating Cognoa'sevidence-based platform within its subsidiary health plans. Cognoaprovides support for employees caring for children older than one,offering guidance and personalized resources. Through Cambia,employers will be able to offer Cognoa to their employees tosupport parents with common parenting challenges and thedevelopmental health of their children.

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Ceterawelcomes Jeannie Finkel as Chief Human ResourcesOfficer for the organization, overseeing all aspects of humanresources, including culture, employee engagement, organizationaldesign, and talent management.

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CarsonGroup announced it has hired retirement planning expertJamie Hopkins as the Vice President of PrivateClient Services and Director of Retirement Research. As Director ofRetirement Research, he will continue to be an additional resourceto partner firms and the consumers they serve.

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Callanannounced the promotion of  Anna West tosenior vice president, ESG practice leader. West will collaboratewith Callan's fund sponsor consultants to provide education andperspective on current ESG trends, issues, and considerations toclients as well as to the broader investment community.

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UnitedBenefit Advisors welcomes Bernard Healthto its community of Partners. Bernard Health provides strategichealth benefits advice to employers and licenses its proprietary HRand benefits administration platform, BerniePortal, to brokersaround the country. Bernard Health is one of the newestPartners to join the network of independent employee benefitsadvisory firms that serve employers of all sizes across the UnitedStates, Canada, England, and Ireland.

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AlphaPoint announced Scott Grayson asits new SVP & Head of Enterprise Sales. Grayson will beresponsible for sourcing and onboarding businesses seeking softwarethat automates the generation of digital assets, including realestate backed tokens, debt-backed tokens, and equity-backedtokens.

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Employee benefits newsmakers: PayScale, PSCA,Welltok, WebTPA

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Employee benefits newsmakers: Human Interest,Zenefits, Thrive Global

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Benefits industry newsmakers: Wink, Carillon TowerAdvisors, BPAS

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C.J. Marwitz

C.J. Marwitz is a writer and editor.