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    February Monthly Meeting: Benefit Outlook 2018

    Date: February 27, 2018, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Holiday Inn, Valley View- Roanoke

    Registration 11:30 a.m. | Lunch: 11:45 p.m.

    Program Immediately Following Lunch
    $20 / Members and $25 / Non-Members
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    TOPIC:  Benefit Outlook 2018

    Presented by: Market Square Advisors

    The legislative, compliance, and benefit design changes that will impact your company, managment, and employees in 2018 and beyond.


    Jeffrey (Jeff) Ford

    Jeff is the President and Senior Account Executive of J.M. Ford and Associates, an insurance and employee benefits brokerage located in Vinton, VA.  With over 20 years of employee benefit management experience, Jeff has also served as Treasurer of the Southwest Chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters for the past 4 years, during which he has also met with legislators on Capitol Hill to help influence health care policy.  Jeff is a father of 4 and a graduate of LaSalle College and Century University with degrees in business administration.

    Mark Strassner

    Mark is currently the Vice President of Sales for IBSi, a general agency for ancillary employees’ benefits.  Mark has served as a carrier representative for various life and disability carriers in his 16 year career in the employee benefits industry.  He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and resides in Charlotte, NC.  Mark is married and has three children. 

    Mike Martin

    During the last 30 years Mike has worked with individuals, families and employers on healthcare benefit choices and the challenges they face. From small employers to Fortune 500 companies the needs are basically the same. With healthcare costs on the rise, Healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act changing daily, the time to provide a new solution is now. Mike has helped thousands of employees and hundreds of employers with better and more cost-effective benefit choices and education strategies.


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