United Benefit Advisors Partners Recognized for Industry Excellence

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Recent Awards and Recognitions Show Independent Advisors are Thriving

Partners of United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization, are being recognized for leadership within the industry, receiving important awards and keynote opportunities. UBA, which prides itself on having a national presence with a local influence, attributes its success to its dedication to collaboration, proving that independent benefits advisors can thrive in today’s challenging health insurance environment.

Executives from Selden Beattie, a UBA Partner Firm in Miami, Florida, were recently named to Employee Benefit Advisor’s (EBA) Top 25 Most Influential Women in Advising for 2015, and featured as the cover story of EBA’s October issue. EBA is one of the industry’s most prominent voices in the benefits industry.

Selden Beattie founder and CEO Beverly E. Beattie and Chief Client Officer Monica Digon were recognized as women who excel in categories including significantly increasing a firm’s sales or market share, providing strategic consulting to help clients achieve their highest goals, fostering employee benefit innovations, advocating successfully for advisor causes and, in general, elevating the status of all women in the profession.

Another UBA Partner, Russ Blakely, CEO of Russ Blakely & Associates, was a featured speaker at the EBN Benefits Forum and Expo, held Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 in Orlando, Florida, presenting his groundbreaking work on the concept of Personal Physician Networks.

Personal Physician Networks utilize on-site health clinics and pharmacies, enabling an employer to partner directly with a group of physicians dedicated to serving their employee population. Blakely, who has tested this market disruptive strategy with employers in the southeastern U.S., says participating employers are saving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually on their health care.

"The combination of onsite clinics, onsite pharmacies, and the Personal Physician Network have been a home run to several area employers in the Chattanooga area,” says Blakely. “It’s like a network within a network, and so far has been met with great success.”

UBA is a unique community of nearly 140 independent employee benefits advisory firms, comprised of more than 2,200 professionals offering thought leadership and best-in-class solutions that positively impact employers. With partners in 42 states, Canada and the United Kingdom, UBA is the nation’s leading organization of independent benefits advisors.

“We are thriving because we offer the best of both worlds: national presence and local advice, including our annual Health Plan Survey of nearly 10,000 employers, plus hundreds of advisors on the front lines of health care benefits,” says Les McPhearson, CEO of UBA. “By collaborating together, pooling resources and insisting on class leading solutions, UBA has become a recognized leader in the market at a time when many industry professionals are struggling.”

For further information, contact UBA to explore stories about local approaches to controlling health plan costs, or pre-order a copy of the 2015 UBA Health Plan Survey Executive Summary today at https://www.ubabenefits.com/wisdom/surveys. For more information about joining UBA as a partner, visit http://content.ubabenefits.com/partner-inquiries.

About the UBA Health Plan Survey
United Benefit Advisors (UBA), one of the nation’s largest employee benefits advisory organizations, released the results of its 2015 UBA Health Plan Survey. The report database contains the validated responses of 18,186 health plans, sponsored by 10,804 employers, who cumulatively employ more than two million employees and more than five million total lives. Individually validated responses from employers in more than 3,000 communities were utilized in compiling the database.

While other surveys primarily target large employers, the focus of the UBA survey is to report results that are applicable to the small and mid-size companies that represent the overwhelming majority of the nation’s employers, while also including a mix of large companies in rough proportion to their actual prevalence nationally.

The survey includes plan renewals from June 2014 to May 2015 through the joint effort of 129 of the nation’s premier independent benefit advisory firms, which comprise UBA. The national distribution of UBA Partner Firms, the diversity of their client base, and the extraordinary number of survey responses provided a unique basis to conduct a non-probability sample survey that yields benchmark results that pertain to a representative cross-section of the nation’s employers.

Contact a UBA Partner Firm for a customized benchmark survey based on industry, region and business size.

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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