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People on the move, new company names, mergers, promotions,partnerships, awardwinners — there's much to celebrate in theemployee benefits industry. Here we go:

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VALIC, a retirement plan provider for healthcare, K-12, higher education, government, religious, charitable andother not-for-profit organizations, will now be known as AIG RetirementServices. AIG Retirement Services includes the VALIC family ofcompanies which are not changing their legal names: The VariableAnnuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALICFinancial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company.

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ScoutInvestments, an investment management firm and affiliate ofCarillon TowerAdvisers, announced that Timothy Burger, CFA,has joined Scout Investments as a senior analyst on the Small Capteam. Based in Scout's Kansas City headquarters, Mr. Burger joinsthe team led by James McBride, lead portfolio manager of the ScoutSmall Cap Equity Strategy, and will work with the team to conductbottom-up fundamental analysis and valuation modeling to identifyopportunities within the small-cap market.

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SCANHealth Plan, a not-for-profit senior-focused organization andone of the largest Medicare Advantage plans in the country, hasannounced a new photo campaign called “stages: 100 Over100.” Each week SCAN will post a portrait of one of its memberswho has reached their 100th birthday and beyond, along with abiographical essay to honor their life so far.

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Northeast Business Group on Health, a NewYork-based employer-led coalition of health care stakeholders, andYelp Inc.  announced a partnership to add onto Yelp pagesmaternity care measures for the roughly 50 New York City and LongIsland hospitals that provide maternity care services. NEBGH willprovide Yelp with maternity care data from ExpectNY.com, a websiteNEBGH runs that includes publicly-available, searchable data onmaternity procedures and practices at all New York City and LongIsland hospitals that deliver babies.

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The NationalAssociation of Plan Advisors (NAPA) announced JaniaStout as its 2019-2020 president at the opening session ofthe 2019 NAPA 401(k) Summit early April in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stoutis practice leader and 2014 co-founder of Fiduciary Plan Advisorsat Hightower in Owings Mills, MD.

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Other changes on the NAPA Leadership Council for 2019-2020:

  • Last year's Vice President Pat Wenzel is this year'spresident-elect. Wenzel is managing director of wealth managementat Merrill Lynch in Houston, TX.
  • Alex Assaley, principal at AFS 401(k) Retirement Services inBethesda, MD, replaces Wenzel as vice president.
  • Jeff Acheson replaces his predecessor, 2017-2018 President PaulD'Aiutolo, as an ex officio member.
  • Kevin Mahoney of Raymond James replaces Assaley as an at-largemember.
  • Brendan McCarthy of Nuveen joins the Leadership Council as afirm partner representative, replacing Yaqub Ahmed of FranklinTempleton.

Plan SponsorCouncil of America has announced its 2019 Signature AwardBest-in-Show winner, the “Let's Taco-Bout Retirement” campaign byMassey Services, a pest prevention and landscape care company, withChepenick Financial. PSCA's SignatureAwards recognize excellence in retirement plan communications toboth plan sponsors and plan participants. The “Let'sTaco-Bout Retirement” campaign used a local taco truck and mealvouchers along with an on-site educational counselor to provideinformation and answers to employee questions and enrollment formswith catchy slogans such as “Sign up now or you'll be living lavida broke-a” and “Put away a little extra just in queso.”

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Insurance Brokers' Assoc of New York announcedIBANY's 2019 Emerging Leader class, which recognizesthe bright young lights of the industry:

  • Michelle Abecasis, HUB International Northeast
  • Matthew Berliner, RT Specialty
  • Dwayne Callender, CPCU, API, ARM, The Travelers Companies,Inc.
  • Matthew Culkin, PL Risk Advisors, Inc.
  • Nick DelVino, AmWINS Brokerage of NY
  • Patrick Farrell, Philadelphia Insurance Companies
  • Cheryl Karim, Gallagher
  • Stephanie Maes, ARM, Foa & Son Corporation
  • Victoria Marciano, FCAS, Sompo International
  • Rudy Milfort, Integro Insurance Brokers
  • Ryan Murphy, Allied World Assurance Company
  • Caroline Nolan, CHUBB
  • Johanna Ospina, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
  • Matthew Price, Aspen Insurance
  • Lauren Randall, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Northeast
  • Debra Simon, Preferred Concepts, LLC

HubInternational Limited and Tennessee REALTORS announced thelaunch of an association health plan (AHP), established under theDepartment of Labor's new association rules.

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Health AlliancePlan President and CEO Teresa Kline hasannounced plans to retire. Kline's last day with HAP will be June30, 2019. Kline spearheaded HAP's major transition in 2017,pivoting the health insurance company toward more profitable groupcontracts and government programs, resulting in a $30 millionturnaround. Michael Genord, M.D., HAP's currentsenior vice president and chief medical officer, will serve asinterim president and CEO while Henry Ford Health System conductsthe search for Kline's successor.

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Green Circle Health announced it has renamed the companyGreenCircle Life. It also launched new products: Green Circle HR,Green Circle Health, and Green Circle Wellness.

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Third-party administrator Flume Health launched. It raised over $4M inventure capital from Primary VC, Accomplice, and FounderCollective.

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Provider of automated benefits technology, EverythingBenefits, announced its partnership withPicwell, the provider of advanced predictive decision supportsolutions for consumer and employee benefits plan selectioninformation.

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DailyPayis partnering with Berkshire Hathaway's Clayton Home BuildingGroup, to provide its 10,000+ employees with the ability to makesecure, instant transfers of earned but unpaid wages.

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Bronfman Rothschild, an independent investmentadvisor, announced the closing of its sale to Sontag Advisory(a subsidiary of NFP Corp.). Bronfman Rothschild will integratewith Sontag Advisory and the combined firms will manage $11.93billion as of March 31, 2019. Mike LaMena will assume the role ofchief executive officer, Eric Sontag will become president andchief operating officer and Howard Sontag will become chairman ofthe combined entity.

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BrightwayInsurance continues to expand across the country. Newbusinesses include the following:

  • Dan Carmichael will open Brightway, The Carmichael Agency inMenomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
  • Charlee Amos-Coles will open Brightway, The Amos-Coles Agencyin Wesley Chapel, Florida.
  • Sisters-in-law, Ana and Maria Villafana, will open Brightway,The Villafana Agency in Houston, Texas.
  • Heather Hoffman opened Brightway, Heather Grace Agency inCentennial, Colorado.
  • Jetarika Pearson opened Brightway, The Jetarika Pearson Agencyin Jersey City, New Jersey.
  • Juanita Reddish opened Brightway, The Reddish Agency inEllenwood, Georgia.
  • Tamika Brown opened Brightway, The Dublin Agency in Dublin,Georgia.
  • Alton Knapp opened Brightway, The Knapp Agency in SaratogaSprings, New York.
  • Melissa Holst opened Brightway, The Melissa Holst Agency inLakewood, Colorado.
  • Karen Spinelli opened Brightway, The Spinelli Agency inPhoenix, Arizona.
  • Calvin Johnson opened Brightway, The Johnson Family Agency inCollege Park, Georgia.

Benefitfocus announced it will offer personal linesinsurance, including auto and renters coverage, on itsBenefitsPlace platform, partnering with insurance carriers andspecialty product suppliers to offer brokers and employers P&Cand life insurance products, and expanded Consumer-directed healthaccount, COBRA and direct-billing options for consumers.

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Banner|Aetna, the Arizona health plan owned by BannerHealth and Aetna, announced a collaboration with 98point6, anon-demand, text-based primary care service that deliverspersonalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment to patients.Through Banner|Aetna's collaboration with 98point6, members willhave unlimited, 24/7 access to virtual primary care.

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C.J. Marwitz

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