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John Hodson
  John Hodson
Principal
203.488.1663 x17 phone
203.988.8806 cell
  John Hodson is the owner and president of True Benefit. He has 26 years of experience in employee benefits and underwriting. John's focus is on strategic health care solutions for companies of all sizes. Johns philosophy is to provide a "True Benefit" to his clients, employees and community by promoting innovative ideas to make impactful change.

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Steve Guarino

  Steve Guarino
Senior Vice President
203.488.1663 x14 phone
203.218.3574 cell
  Steve Guarino is a results-oriented sales and marketing entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the managed care industry. Steve is responsible for managing carrier and customer relationships, initiating and executing industry best practices and insuring that our sales and consulting teams are focused on delivering strategic and comprehensive solutions to and for our clients.

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SALES—NORTHEAST


Kevin Flatow

  Kevin Flatow
Director—East
203.981.0483 cell
  Kevin Flatow is a Regional Director with responsibilities that include new business sales and account retention in the Northeast. Kevin has over 17 years of healthcare experience working in the insurance industry for Aetna and Health Net Inc. Kevin position’s himself as a true consultant and believes in a “team approach” to drive optimal results for our clients.

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Steve LeBlanc

  Steve LeBlanc
Regional Manager—
Northeast
203.848.7225 cell
  Stephen LeBlanc is a Regional Manager focusing on the Northeast market. Steve brings 15 years of experience as a Benefits Consultant, working with groups ranging from small businesses to organizations employing thousands. His passion is integrating guidance regarding Healthcare Reform (ACA) into multi-year benefit strategies for his clients. Steve proudly served in the Army Infantry before earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. An accomplished endurance athlete, Steve is a 2x Ironman triathlon finisher, competing in 2009 and 2011. He also challenges himself by competing in 24-hour mountain bike races.

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SALES—SOUTHEAST


Steve Casey

  Steve Casey
Director—
Carolinas
770.316.4351 cell
  Steve Casey is a director handling True Benefit's operations in the Carolinas. Steve has held a variety of employee benefit sales and management positions, including 5 years of dedicated sales and service expertise with Professional Employer Organizations.
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Kevin Flatow

  Aaron Miller
Regional Manager—
Mid Atlantic
410.349.7529 cell
  Aaron Miller is the Regional Manager handling True Benefit’s operations in the Mid-Atlantic Region (PA and DC). Aaron brings with him over 20 years’ experience selling and managing employee benefits, HRIS, 401K and payroll. He has held positions with CareFirst, ADP as well as a regional benefits brokerage firm.

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Thomas McCabe

  Thomas McCabe
Director—Southeast
407.497.3965 cell
  Thomas McCabe is a director focusing on our Southeast region. His extensive experience in the health benefits industry includes field and management positions with Blue Cross plans, TPA’s and a national PPO. He has also guided and supported clients as a benefit consultant and broker in numerous markets working for Mercer as well as other organizations.

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Sue Geiss

  Sue Geiss
Regional Manager—
Florida
813.434.7002 cell
  Sue Geiss is True Benefit's Regional Manager managing all of North Florida. She brings over 20 years’ experience in Sales, Training & Development in all aspects of Employee Benefits. She is certified in numerous Emotional Intelligence instruments and will be key in enhancing both internal and external customer relations as well as driving sales and financial growth for the company.

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Patty Paredes

  Patty Paredes
Regional Manager—
Florida
305.903.7228 cell
  Patty Paredes is a Regional Manager with True Benefit focusing on the South Florida market. She has over 18 years’ experience in employee benefits consulting including Medical, Dental, Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short and Long Term Disability, Vision, Business Travel Accident and other Voluntary Products. Patty has held positions with several large national brokers including Aon Hewitt, Mercer and Lockton as well as with a top national insurance company and has extensive experience in the Employee Benefits arena. Patty holds a BBA in International Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

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UNDERWRITING & MARKET ANALYSIS


Ashley Halsted

  Ashley Halsted
Vice President
860.951.5188 cell
  Ashley leads Underwriting and Account Management with the ultimate goal of understanding, creating and delivering value to the clients and Insurance carriers who partner with the firm. By tailoring True Benefit's resources to the needs of the clients and carrier partners, our team makes it comfortable and easy for sales, service and carriers to deliver the best possible benefits experience and value.
        Ashley participates and leads joint meetings with clients and carriers to manage risk strategy, retention strategy and drives the action items that are generated.
        Ashley began her career in the Health Insurance Industry at Aetna working in Eligibility and Finance. She then moved to United Healthcare taking on various Directorship positions specializing in Underwriting, Client Management and Implementation of mid-size and national accounts. Seeking new challenges, she found her home at True Benefit in January 2009.

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Sheila Cobb Heintzman

  Sheila Cobb Heintzman
Director
203.836.0240 cell
 

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Tori Bensussan

  Tori Bensussan
Operations Analyst
203.488.1663 x18 phone
  Tori Bensussan joined True Benefit in September of 2012. She began her work at True as an Underwriting Analyst supporting the underwriting team and is now an Operations Analyst. Her prior experience has focused on both Operations and Human Resources. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources from Western New England University.

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David Bongiorni

  David Bongiorni
Underwriter
516.510.3526 cell
  Dave Bongiorni is an Underwriter with True Benefit, LLC, working primarily in the Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey markets underwriting new business prospects as well as existing clients in the Tri-State area. Prior to joining True Benefit, Dave spent 8 years in the Construction and Logistics Management fields, specifically operations and sales. He has been with True Benefit since 2013 and looks forward to the continued opportunity to gain experience in the Healthcare Industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

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David Bongiorni

  Matthew Conners
Underwriter
203.488.1663 x15 phone
  Matt Conners joined True Benefit as an Underwriter in May of 2015 after completing his BA in Business Management at Central Connecticut State University. Prior to becoming part of the True Benefit team, Matt spent 8 years in the Construction Management field with a concentration on daily operations and quality management. Matt is also a United States Marine Corps Veteran having served in various infantry billets for almost six years where he gained vital leadership and team management skills.

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David Bongiorni

  Shannon Fitzpatrick
Underwriter
860.479.5083 phone
  Shannon Fitzpatrick joined True Benefit as an underwriter in July of 2014. She received her BS in Economics from The University of Connecticut while concurrently interning at CBIA.
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Martha Gross

  Martha Gross
Senior Underwriter—
Southeast/Mid-Atlantic
203.488.1663 x26 phone
203.927.0769 cell
  Martha Gross began underwriting for True Benefit in 2008. Prior to joining True, she was an Underwriting Consultant for a large Life and Health broker and a Senior Underwriter for a Property Casualty carrier. Martha earned her BBA at SCSU and her MBA at the University of New Haven.
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Susan Iannone

  Susan Iannone
Underwriter
203.488.1663 x16 phone
  Susan Iannone is an Underwriter with True Benefit. She has 13 years of experience in group health underwriting, including group benefit analysis. Prior to joining True Benefit Susan held various positions on the carrier side at Anthem BCBS, Aetna, Health Net and UnitedHealthcare.
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Janice Jimenez

  Janice Jimenez
Underwriter—
Southeast
305.630.1604 phone
  Janice Jimenez services True Benefit’s markets as a benefits analyst onsite at ADP-Miami. She comes to us with over 15 years of accounting/managing/consulting experience with prior employers including Mercer HR Consulting, Marriott and Hilton.
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Pamela Joy

  Pamela Joy
Underwriter
203.488.1663 x22 phone
  Pamela Joy joined True Benefit in 2010. She began her work here as an analyst supporting the underwriting team, and is now an underwriter. Prior to working for True Benefit, Pam was the director of a local food pantry and continues to volunteer in service positions. She graduated from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana with a major in Social Work.

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Jennifer Friedrich

  Jennifer Kaur
Senior Underwriter—
Northeast
203.488.1663 x51 phone
860.706.2323 cell
  Jen Kaur underwrites for True Benefit. She comes to us with 3 years experience in the healthcare industry. She managed the New Business Analyst Team for United Healthcare prior to joining True Benefit.
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Kristen Lage

  Kristen Lage
Underwriter
860.479.5081 phone
  Kristen Lage is an Underwriter with True Benefit. She comes to True with 5 years experience in the healthcare industry, including Project Management and Individual Medical Underwriting roles within Cigna. She received her BA in Communications from Rhode Island College and her MS in Management from UMUC.

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Bobby Slauson

  Bobby Slauson
Underwriter
203.488.1663 x25 phone
  Bobby Slauson is an Underwriter for True Benefit. He comes to us as a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut where he studied Actuarial Science and Quantitative Economics.
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Xinia Torres

  Xinia Torres
Underwriter—
Southeast
305.630.1516 phone
  Xinia Torres services True markets as a Benefits Analyst onsite ADP Total Source. She has over 10 years of consulting/accounting experience to include previous employers such as Mercer HR Consulting and ABN AMRO Bank.
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Peter Washburne

  Peter Washburne
Underwriter
203.488.1663 x24 phone
  Peter started in 2014. He is part of the Underwriting team in the Branford, CT location. He comes to us after a 15 year financial services career managing investment portfolios. After graduating from Williams College, he subsequently earned a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
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ACCOUNT RETENTION


Ted Maddocks

  Ted Maddocks
On-Site Regional Retention Mgr.—
Salem, NH
603.714.5044 cell
  Ted Maddocks is a Retention Manager with True Benefit for the Northeast region. He has over 20 years of product development and client services experience in the managed care and employee benefits industries. Prior to joining True Benefit, Ted was a Senior Product Manager for an HMO in Massachusetts where he developed health care products for the Connector Authority, which is the prototype model for insurance exchanges found in national health care reform. Ted is a proud father of two and currently resides in the Greater Boston area.

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Mario Suarez

  Mario Suarez
Retention Manager—
Miami
305.978.5905 cell
  Mario has worked in the corporate benefit industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining True Benfit, Mario was a Benefits Manager with ADP, TotalSource, Inc. and co-managed a billion dollar health and welfare program with ~200,000 benefits eligible Worksite Employees. In this role, Mario managed national and regional carrier/vendor relationships and was a key contributor in the area of product development and market expansion. Mario holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Peter’s University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

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Monique Young

  Monique Young
Director—Client Retention
203.980.6289 cell
  Monique Young started with True Benefit in October 2011. As the Director of Client Retention, Monique is responsible for managing all client retention initiatives including Open Enrollment, training, and consulting existing customers in all aspects of their medical/dental benefits including development of long term benefit strategies, plan design elections, contribution modeling, product penetration, and health care reform (PPACA) compliance. Prior to joining True Benefit, Monique worked as a Client Consultant at United Healthcare managing cross-functional teams from implementation through renewal of large, national, self-funded group health plans. Additionally, she has over 12 years account management experience in multiple industries. Monique holds a B.S. in Corporate Communication from Southern CT State University.

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OPERATIONS


Dee Hodson

  Dee Hodson
Vice President,
Operations
203.673.9760 cell
  Dee Hodson manages True Benefit’s financials, HR and IT. She comes to us with over 20 years of consulting work with prior employers including Deloitte and Dunn & Bradstreet. Dee received her BS in Computer Science from the University of Florida.
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Bledar Vrioni

  Bledar Vrioni
Systems Administrator
860.680.4701 cell
  Bledar Vrioni is the Systems Administrator for True Benefit. Bledar has an extensive experience in the Information Technology industry. He loves to learn and is always up for a challenge. Bledar's responsibilities include: Security, System Configuration and Maintenance, Daily Technology Support, Coordination of Information Technology business needs, IT Vendor Management, Procurement of new Hardware & Software and much more . . . Bledar has been with True Benefit since August 2012 and has experience in underwriting as well as information systems.

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