There’s a lot of talk among preceding generations about how millennials — now the largest employed population in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau — are impacting the workplace. But employers don’t often hear from the youngest working generation themselves. EBA’s 2016 Rising Stars in Advising — 10 industry standouts age 24-34 — are incorporating that valuable firsthand perspective into their role as benefit advisers, and changing the scope of the profession in the process.
EBA’s 10 Rising Stars, chosen by our editors during a month-long online nomination process and listed in alphabetical order, share how young advisers are shaping the field through fresh outlooks on technology, communications and more.
Scott Brown, 34
Managing Director, Healthcare Accenture Chicago
Annie Durkin, 24
Director of Sales & Business Development benefitsContinuum, Inc. New York City
Michael Grindem, 33
President Great Lakes Insurance Advisors Detroit
Anja Harmon, 30
Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits HUB International Midwest East Grand Rapids, Mich.
Vince Maromonte, 28
Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits Manager The HDH Group, Inc., a HUB International Company Pittsburgh
Sarah Martin, 33
Vice President Lockton Companies Kansas City, Mo.
Matt McGuirk, 30
Benefits Adviser The LBL Group Santa Ana, Calif.
Mark Minner, 25
Managing Director FirstPerson Indianapolis
Bill Pragalz, 34
Principal Partner and Consultant 360 Benefits LLC Chicago
Jon Taylor, 34
Managing Director AssuredPartners NL Charleston, S.C.
The new normal for brokers means consulting with their clients on benefit strategies and priorities in a new world, helping them address employees’ financial situation and making sure that benefit offerings adapt to current times.