Slideshow Benefit pros on the move: Inside Stephens Insurance, Pentegra and Reagan Consulting

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  • January 10 2017, 3:41am EST
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Benefit pros on the move

As the year wound down, there were plenty of new hires and promotions inside leading benefit brokerages and consultancies across the country. Here are the new names that will be making key decisions in the employee benefit arena in the coming year.

Stephens Insurance hires Braniff

Stephens Insurance, an affiliate of investment banking firm Stephens Inc., has hired John Braniff, Jr. as its executive vice president of the benefits group. Braniff has experience in catastrophic property placements specific to the private equity, real estate, restaurant and energy sectors. He most recently served as senior vice president in enterprise risk management and insurance services for USI Southwest. Braniff also worked for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. He will work in the Houston office of Stephens Insurance.

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The Standard promotes Canfield to second vice president and associate actuary

Lauren Canfield has been promoted to second vice president and associate actuary at the Standard. Canfield joined the firm in 2006 and has held actuarial positions in The Standard's commercial mortgage division and the corporate actuarial team. In her new role, Canfield will provide actuarial consultation and insight to other areas of the business, including financial and capital planning, investments and other key product lines. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and music at the University of Portland, and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Farrell appointed business leader for Mercer's health business

Mercer has appointed Mimi Farrell as office business leader for the firm's health business in New Orleans. She will be responsible for executing the local health and benefits consulting strategy and will report to Mike Williams, Houston Office Business Leader for Health. Farrell has more than 30 years of experience in brokerage, healthcare consulting and insurance carrier underwriting.

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ELMC Group appoints Gedney to chief growth officer

ELMC Group has hired John Gedney as executive vice president, chief growth officer. He has more than three decades of experience as an employee benefits entrepreneur. In his new role, Gedney will drive business development and new market opportunities. Prior to joining ELMC, Gedney served as vice president of national partnerships at Liazon, a Willis Towers Watson company, where he helped to create the national broker partner channel. He previously served executive positions with Oxford Health Plans and EBP Healthplans, Third Party Administrator and MGU.

Johnson appointed chairman of Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Advisory Council

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has appointed Todd R. Johnson, senior vice president and property-casualty practice leader of the USI Massachusetts offices, to a two-year term as chairman of the Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Advisory Council. Johnson has been with USI for more than six years and has been a member of the Massachusetts WCAC for four years, where he holds the council's insurance and self-insurer representative positions. As senior vice president and property-casualty leader for the USI Massachusetts offices, Johnson is responsible for driving revenue growth for various industries throughout the Commonwealth.

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Miller joins Pentegra as regional director

Jason Miller has joined Pentegra Retirement Services as regional director for qualified retirement plan sales. He reports to Pete Swisher, Pentegra senior vice president of national sales, and Miller will lead the business development in Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Miller has more than a decade of experience in the financial services industry with an expertise in retirement plans. Prior to joining Pentegra, he held similar roles at Mutual of Omaha, Great West (Empower) and Transamerica Capital.

Stephens Insurance hires Plumhoff

Stephens Insurance, an affiliate of Stephens Inc., has added Jonathan Plumhoff to its roster where he will serve as executive vice president of the Benefits Group. Plumhoff has served as vice president of benefits at USI, where he was the lead consultant. He was previously a vice president at Plumhoff & Associates. Stephens Insurance is headquartered in Little Rock and is one of the largest privately-owned insurance brokerages in the mid-south.

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Tuition.io appoints Thompson as CEO

Tuition.io has chosen Scott Thompson as its new CEO. He joins the employer-funded student loan contribution platform provider from ShopRunner where he served as CEO and led the company's retail and member network expansion over the last four years. Prior to ShopRunner, he was CEO of Yahoo and president of PayPal. Previously, Thompson held executive positions with Inovant, a subsidiary of Visa, Barclays Global Investors, and Coopers & Lybrand.

Paula Williams Joins Reagan

Paula Williams has joined insurance advisor firm Reagan Consulting as research director. William's remit will be to focus on Reagan's research products: the Best Practices Study and the Organic Growth & Profitability Study. She also will lead the development of additional studies and thought-leadership materials for the independent insurance industry. Prior to joining Reagan, Williams was a human capital consultant with Deloitte Consulting where she served federal clients for three years, and she spent six years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Pentegra's Zanicchi promoted to senior vice president

Pentegra has promoted Colleen Zanicchi to the role of senior vice president, human resources. She will lead the development and implementation of Pentegra's HR policies and programs including recruitment and retention, and compensation and benefit programs. She will also oversee the management of all of Pentegra's facilities around the U.S. Zanicchi joined Pentegra in January 1995.