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  • February 05, 2020 12:45 PM | Michelle Raczynski (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    SBEN Returns to Birmingham for their Regional Benefits Forum
    SBEN “Tackles the Biggest Benefits Challenges” on February 27 – Agenda Released

    ATLANTA, February 5, 2020 – The Southeast Benefits Education Network (SBEN) announced the topics and agenda for the Regional Benefits Forum returning to Birmingham Alabama on February 27 to the Harbert Center.

    “Our mission is about education and we are excited to return to Birmingham. The lineup of topics is impressive. More when Benefits Professionals and Human Resource Professionals attend this event they will gain real-world knowledge that could impact their current organizations. From the legal and compliance elements to cybersecurity this event will inform,” said Eric Rioux, President of SBEN.

    Agenda and Speakers:

    • The Latest Legislative, Regulatory and Compliance Issues in Employee Benefits
      Speaker: Logan Hinkle, Partner, Burr and Forman LLP
    • Welfare Strategies and Hot Topics in Wellness, Disease Management and Benefits Design
      Speaker: Mark Johnson, CEO/President, Creative Benefit Solutions, LLC
    • Tips and Traps for Cybersecurity and Employee Benefits
      Speaker: Paul M. Perry, FHFMA, CISM, CITP, CPABD, Warren Averett
    • Emerging Issues for Form 5500, Avoiding Investigations, EBSA projects and related ERISA Regulations
      Speaker: Jodi Green, ERISA Compliance Counsel, Tatum Hillman & Powell, LLP
    • The SECURE Act and Changes Impacting Retirement Plans
      Speaker: William Presson, Executive Vice President, Economic Group Pension Services

    “We enjoy hosting this event in Birmingham and look forward to a great forum. We encourage employers throughout the area to join us. They will come away with a great appreciation,” Added Rioux

    More information and registration is available on the organization’s website: sben.org

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  • January 22, 2020 3:23 PM | Michelle Raczynski (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release                                              

    SBEN Announces 2020 Board of Directors

    ATLANTA, January 22, 2020 – The Southeast Benefits Education Network Announces 2020 Board of Directors.  With a positive outlook on 2020, the goal of the Board is to further the organization’s mission and education.

    “The Southeast Benefits Education Network is excited to welcome Scott Wagner, Lisa Logan, Amanda Dansby and Johnny Wentzell to our Board of Directors. SBEN is a community of benefits professionals dedicated to ongoing education, networking opportunities, the cultivation of relationships and the pursuit of personal and professional development. With members in the Southeastern United States, SBEN provides a forum for Benefits Professionals of all disciplines to share information, learn, grow and succeed. Our new Directors will help further our mission as we continue to make a positive impact on the benefits community in the Southeast. We appreciate their commitment SBEN and are excited about our future,” said Eric Rioux, President of SBEN.

    2020 SBEN Board

    • President: Eric Rioux, Lockton
    • Vice President: Jonathan Gomes, Nationwide Retirement Plans
    • Treasurer: Susan Powers, AssetGrade Registered Investment Advisors
    • Secretary: Malika Terry, UPS
    • Past President: Alanna Tanner, Amick Farms

    Directors:

    • Charleen Barnwell, Hall Benefits Law
    • Mandy Hardin, Chick-Fil-A Corporate
    • Terri McNaughton, Elliott Davis
    • Kimberly Mitchell, Wencor Group
    • Rachel Robinson, FTI Consulting
    • Tom Simonson, Lockton
    • Teresa Truelove, Sonepar USA
    • David Hall, Hall Benefits Law

    New Members:

    • Amanda Dansby, Truist
    • Lisa Logan, IHG
    • Scott Wagner, Morris, Manning & Martin LLP
    • Johnny Wentzell, Jackson Lewis

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  • September 05, 2019 12:13 PM | Michelle Raczynski (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release                                   Contact:   Michelle Raczynski

    “Beneficial Education” Comes Back to Charlotte

    The Southeast Benefits Education Network Announces the Lineup for the
    Regional Benefits Forum - Charlotte

    ATLANTA, September 5, 2019 – The Southeast Benefits Education Network (SBEN) will return to Charlotte, NC, hosting their Regional Benefits Forum – Charlotte on September 24, 2019 at the Dimensional Funds Advisor’s office. 

    “Our mission is to offer timely and insightful education to employee benefit professionals from around the region. As the benefits landscape evolves, our network within the southeast continues to grow. Charlotte has always been a great city to SBEN, so we look forward to coming back,” explained SBEN President, Eric Rioux. 

    Topics for the Event Include:

    • -  Benefits 2020:  A Legislative/Compliance and Regulatory Update
    • -  What to Expect from a EBSA Investigation
    • -  Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Investing (ESG)
    • -  Healthcare in 2030 - What will the Future Look Like
    • -  The Team Approach to Obtaining Successful Retirement Plan Outcomes
    • -  Supply Chain Management Approach to Healthcare

    • The event includes HRCI and SHRM educational credits.  Registration is available by clicking here.  

    The Southeast Benefits Education Network is an intra-disciplinary organization which accepts as members practitioners from the following fields: Employers/Plan Sponsors, Accounting, Administration, Actuarial and Benefits consulting, Insurance, Investment Counseling, Investment Services, Legal, and trust as well as many other disciplines as the industry evolves.

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  • April 18, 2019 12:55 PM | Michelle Raczynski (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release           Contact: Michelle Raczynski

    The Annual SBEN Educational Conference Gets Serious with Beneficial Benefits Education!

    ATLANTA, April 18, 2019 – The Southeast Benefits Education Network’s (SBEN) Annual Educational Conference will take place May 2-3, at The W Hotel in Buckhead, Georgia.  The conference will bring together human resources and benefits professionals from states across the southeast.  

    “The world of benefits is constantly changing.  A benefits professional must be educated on the challenges today that include litigation issues for retirement plans, technology advancement, drug and healthcare best practices.” explained Marc Chappell, executive director of SBEN.  “Our goal is to inform and educate to make positive impacts on today’s workforce and the benefits industry.”

    Topics Include:

    • ·        What’s Up in Washington? Legal & Employer Perspectives on Regulatory & Compliance Issues
    • ·        Managing Health Care Costs and Strategies for Chronic Conditions
    • ·        Workplace Financial Wellness
    • ·        Using Data to Create Targeted, Tactical Communications
    • ·        Chaos, Confusion, Mergers and Acquisitions: Navigating the Evolving Healthcare Market
    • ·        Litigation Issues for Retirement Plan Sponsors
    • ·        And more

    Tickets are available through the organization’s website (sben.org). 

    The Southeast Benefits Education Network is an intra-disciplinary organization which accepts as members practitioners from the following fields: Employers/Plan Sponsors, Accounting, Administration, Actuarial and Benefits consulting, Insurance, Investment Counseling, Investment Services, Legal, and trust as well as many other disciplines as the industry evolves.

    To schedule an interview on the above topics, contact Michelle Raczynski (817-235-5280, michelle@southwestmanagementllc.com). 


  • February 07, 2019 6:25 PM | Michelle Raczynski (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release:  February 7, 2019     Contact: Michelle Raczynski

    SBEN Announces New 2019 Board of Director Members

    ATLANTA, February 6, 2019 – The Southeast Benefits Education Network Announces new 2019 Board of Directors.  With a positive outlook on 2019, the goal of the Board is to further the organization’s mission and to drive education. 

    “It’s exciting times for SBEN and we’re thrilled to welcome Susan Powers, Terri McNaughton, Kim Mitchell & Johnathan Gomes to the Board of Directors. They each bring their unique backgrounds and common passion for spreading employee benefits education and networking throughout the southeast. We have a great calendar for 2019 with events spanning Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina. With their support we’re looking forward to many great years ahead,” noted SBEN President, Eric Rioux. 

    Southeast Benefits Education Network 2019 Board of Directors

    President: Eric Rioux with Lockton

    Treasurer:  Susan Powers, Partner, AssetGrade Registered Investment Advisors (New)

    Past President:  Alanna Tanner with Amick Farms

    Directors:           Charleen Barnwell with Hall Benefits Law 

    Jonathan Gomes with Lincoln Financial Group

    David Hall with Hall Benefits Law

    Mandy Hardin with Chick-Fil-A Corporate

    Terri McNaughton with Elliott Davis (New)

    Kimberly Mitchell, Compensation and Benefits at Wencor Group (New)

    Colleen Pappas with  Alight

     Rachel Robinson with Caraustar

     Tom Simonson with Lockton  

     Teresa Truelove with Sonepar USA

    The organization’s Board capitalizing on a successful 2018 and looking to increase the positive momentum for the new year’s efforts.   For more information visit: SBEN.org

    The Southeast Benefits Education Network is a membership organization of  intra-disciplinary practitioners from the following fields: Employers/Plan Sponsors, Accounting, Administration, Actuarial and Benefits consulting, Insurance, Investment Counseling, Investment Services, Legal, and trust. 

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  • December 04, 2018 2:25 PM | Michelle Raczynski (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release
    December 4, 2018

    SBEN Announces 2019 WorldatWork Classes

    ATLANTA, December 4, 2018 –  The Southeast Benefits Education Network (SBEN) has announced the WorldatWork classes it will host in 2019. All classes will be held at Hall Benefits Law, in partnership with SBEN, at its 270 Carpenter Drive office.     

    “WorldatWork’s quality skills-training classes deliver tremendous value to benefits professionals, as do the association’s highly-respected professional certification programs. The 2019 classes enable us to offer timely, relevant information to our members,” noted Alanna Tanner, SBEN’s President and Director of Employee Benefits at Amick Farms LLC.

    SBEN 2019 WorldatWork Lineup:

    • Regulatory Environments for Benefits Program:  April 8-9, 2019
    • Retirement Plans – Design Consideration and Administration:  June 10-11, 2019
    • Health and Welfare Plans – Plan Types and Administration:  August 19-20, 2019
    • Total Rewards Management:  October 14-15, 2019

    “Local networks, like SBEN, play a critical role in the WorldatWork family,” said Scott Cawood, President and CEO of WorldatWork. “Local networks enable us to share our in-person classes with a much wider audience. We produce exceptional online skills training and other educational offerings, but we also recognize the value of face-to-face experiences and the networking benefits inherent to the classroom setting. We appreciate SBEN and Hall Benefits Law helping us reach HR professionals in the Southeast region.”

    All events will take place at Hall Benefits Law, 270 Carpenter Dr Ste 325, Atlanta, GA 30328. 

    Benefits and HR professionals may check out all of SBEN’s events at www.sben.org/events.

    The Southeast Benefits Education Network is an intra-disciplinary organization which accepts as members practitioners from the following fields: Employers/Plan Sponsors, Accounting, Administration, Actuarial and Benefits consulting, Insurance, Investment Counseling, Investment Services, Legal, and trust as well as many other disciplines as the industry evolves.

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    Thank you to our Premier Sponsors


  • November 14, 2018 11:45 AM | Michelle Raczynski (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release
    November 13, 2018

    The SBEN Holiday Educational Forum and Social will feature the topic
    “2019 for Benefits Professionals”

    ATLANTA, November 13, 2018 – Election day had an impact on 2019, and the Southeast Benefits Education Network’s (SBEN) Annual Educational Conference announced the topic and speaker for their Holiday Educational Forum and Social.  The topic, “2019 for Benefits Professionals,” will feature speaker, Nicole Bogard, partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

    “This is an important topic, especially for professionals in benefits and human resources.,” noted SBEN’s President and Director of Employee Benefits with Amick Farms LLC, Alanna Tanner. “Truly, no matter what color the wave might be, there will be impacts to our industry and we have to be ready. And while we will be learning, it is important to also enjoy professional networking.  This event will feature ‘Great content, great connections and great cider.’”

    Event Details

    • Date:  November 29, 2018
    • Time:  2:30 – 6:00 pm (with connecting and cider starting at 4:00 pm)
    • Location:  Urban Tree Cidery (Atlanta, GA)

    The Holiday Educational Forum and Social, features a theme of “Great content, great connections and great cider.“

    Benefits and HR professionals may register at https://sben.org/event-2945477

    The Southeast Benefits Education Network is an intra-disciplinary organization which accepts as members practitioners from the following fields: Employers/Plan Sponsors, Accounting, Administration, Actuarial and Benefits consulting, Insurance, Investment Counseling, Investment Services, Legal, and trust as well as many other disciplines as the industry evolves.

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    Thank you to our Premier Sponsors


    Event Sponsors

          

  • August 01, 2018 2:40 PM | Michelle Raczynski (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release 
    August 1, 2018                                                                       

    Topics Announced  for SBEN’s Regional Benefits Forum - Charlotte

    ATLANTA, August 1, 2018  – The Southeast Benefits Education Network (SBEN) Announces topics for SBEN’s Regional Benefits Forum - Charlotte, a forum created specifically for professionals in benefits and human resources.  The forum will be on September 21, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Renaissance Southpark.    

    “Education is our main mission.  We believe strongly that educating the industry on important topics will assist our members and other professionals in developing programs and an environment that is crucial to a healthy workforce and ‘happy’ employees,” noted Alanna Tanner, president of SBEN. 

    Topics Include:

    • Legislative/Compliance and Regulatory Update
    • Trends in Pharmacy Cost Management
    • HSA’s: Evolving from “Spending” to “Savings”
    • The Future of Work: Insights from the MIT AgeLab
    • What’s Your Definition of Financial Wellness?
    • Technology that Works for Benefits Communication

    “These topics will address some of the most challenging situations that professionals face today,” Tanner added. 

    The event is open to human resource and benefits professionals.  Tickets start at $125 for members and $175 for non-members.  The venue does offer a discounted hotel rate.   For more information or to purchase tickets visit: SBEN.org.  This program is presented in partnership with Charlotte Benefits Forum.

    The Southeast Benefits Education Network is a membership organization of  intra-disciplinary practitioners from the following fields: Employers/Plan Sponsors, Accounting, Administration, Actuarial and Benefits consulting, Insurance, Investment Counseling, Investment Services, Legal, and trust. 

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  • July 25, 2018 11:13 AM | Michelle Raczynski (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release
    July 25, 2018

    Southeast Benefits Education Network Announces New 2018 Board of Director Members

    ATLANTA, July 25, 2018– The Southeast Benefits Education Network Announces two new members to the 2018 Board of Directors.  The Board will help fill the mission of the organization and offer support to the organization’s stakeholders, supporters and most important, members. 

    “Leadership is key to the success of any organization.  These two new board members we believe will contribute greatly to our success and allow us to build on a solid foundation for future development,” noted SBEN President, Alanna Tanner. 

    Southeast Benefits Education Network 2018 Board of Directors

    • President: Alanna Tanner with Amick Farms
    • Vice President:  Eric Rioux with Northwestern Benefit Corp.
    • Treasurer:  Malika Terry with InterContinental Hotels Group
    • Secretary: Cynthia Wright a strategic senior human resources professional
    • Past President:  Susan Rosenbleeth with Conduent HR Consulting
    • Directors:    Charleen Barnwell with Hall Benefits Law  (New)
                             David Hall with Hall Benefits Law)
                             Mandy Hardin with Chick-Fil-A Corporate
                             Colleen Pappas with Businessolver
                             Rachel Robinson with Caraustar
                             Tom Simonson with Lockton
                             Teresa Truelove with Sonepar USA (New)
                             Keith Wagner with Allianz Global Investors

    The organization’s Board is expanding the current SBEN offerings to include additional educational opportunities.  For more information visit: SBEN.org

    The Southeast Benefits Education Network is a membership organization of  intra-disciplinary practitioners from the following fields: Employers/Plan Sponsors, Accounting, Administration, Actuarial and Benefits consulting, Insurance, Investment Counseling, Investment Services, Legal, and trust. 

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  • July 10, 2018 1:26 PM | Michelle Raczynski (Administrator)


    With a Successful Educational Conference SBEN Moves Forward with Additional Events to Help Benefits and HR Professionals

    The successful Educational Conference tackled daunting topics and now SBEN moves forward with additional events specifically designed for Benefits and HR Professionals

    ATLANTA, July 10, 2018 – The Southeast Benefits Education Network’s (SBEN) Annual Educational Conference was held April 18-20, at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, in Stone Mountain, Georgia.  The conference brought together more than 100 human resources and benefits professionals from states across the southeast.  

    “The challenges in today’s industry are vast.  Benefits, now more than ever, impacts employee wellbeing, safety, and truly our entire communities.  An employee’s wellbeing goes beyond a physical, it is mental, financial, educational and more,” noted SBEN’s President and Director of Employee Benefits with Amick Farms LLC, Alanna Tanner. “Education and learning about the importance of all these topics is vital.  The goal is to capitalize on this success with additional events to add even more educational value.”

     SBEN currently has three additional events scheduled for 2018 including the following:


    The Southeast Benefits Education Network is an intra-disciplinary organization which accepts as members practitioners from the following fields: Employers/Plan Sponsors, Accounting, Administration, Actuarial and Benefits consulting, Insurance, Investment Counseling, Investment Services, Legal, and trust as well as many other disciplines as the industry evolves.

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    Thank you to our Charlotte Regional Forum Sponsors:

                

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