United Benefit Advisors New CEO Presides Over Fall Meeting & Expo

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Talks of Health Care Transitional Period and Says Companies Will be Defined or Left Behind Based on Their Ability to Adapt to Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

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This unique conference fosters our culture of success by bringing together the industry’s top advisors to collaborate and share experiences to position our Partners as thought leaders and to provide outstanding direction and value to their clients

United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading independent employee benefits organization, wrapped-up its annual Fall Meeting & Expo at the Loews (formerly InterContinental) Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. With a fantastic attendance of more than 400 employee benefit and financial advisors, UBA's new CEO, Les McPhearson, led these thought leaders to discuss the rapidly changing benefits industry and what is required of successful advisor firms looking to stay ahead of emerging trends.

During his kick-off, Les McPhearson talked about the health care era being in a transitional period where companies will be defined or left behind based on their ability to see the challenges ahead and react quickly to the opportunities. “We can all remember brands that, while relevant and in the spotlight 12 years ago,” said Les, “have faded from public view or have become non-existent today. This unique conference fosters our culture of success by bringing together the industry’s top advisors to collaborate and share experiences to position our Partners as the thought leaders of the future and provide outstanding direction and value to clients.”

At the UBA Fall Meeting & Expo there was a plethora of networking opportunities, focused breakout sessions exploring how attendees can improve their sales techniques to better serve their clients, and more than 25 exhibitors displaying their latest products and services. Highlights included an insider's view of politics inside the Washington, D.C. Beltway, possible changes due to the mid-term elections, and what Congress is looking at in terms of modifications to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the chances of those changes becoming reality. In addition, speakers covered best HR practices, trends toward employers including more voluntary benefits in their planning strategy, and HIPAA compliance. Furthermore, Partners shared their success stories of how UBA’s private exchange solutions are thriving and being quickly adopted by employers throughout the country. These presentations, along with industry-leading insurance carriers and innovative product solutions, are keeping UBA ahead of the pack.

Les continued, “Meetings such as this allow UBA to continue furnishing industry-leading expertise and support in a relaxing environment to help our Partners. The strategic thinking and collective ideas brought forth during this event will allow UBA Partners to successfully tackle and solve the challenges they face in the coming years. Our goal is to ensure UBA expos are a vital resource that will help our Partners maximize success now and for many years to come.”

The 2014 UBA Fall Meeting & Expo delivered the latest insights in the benefits industry and helped take the complexities out of PPACA so that attendees can deliver the best, most knowledgeable service to their clients. Through branding, marketing, compliance, and sales presentations, session participants strengthened their current strategies and leveraged the wisdom of UBA to maintain their Partner Firm’s continued growth and success.

About United Benefit Advisors
United Benefit Advisors is the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization with more than 200 offices throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. As trusted and knowledgeable advisors, UBA Partners collaborate with more than 2,200 fellow professionals to deliver expertise, thought leadership and best-in-class solutions that positively impact employers and make a real difference in the lives of their employees and families. Employers, advisors and industry-related organizations interested in obtaining powerful results from the shared wisdom of our Partners should visit UBA online at http://www.UBAbenefits.com.

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Bill Olson
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