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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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Greg Choy

  Greg Choy
Regional Manager—
New Jersey
908.229.1543 cell
  Greg Choy is a Regional Manager with True Benefit focusing on the New Jersey marketplace. He has over 20 years of sales and sales management experience in employee benefits. Greg’s background also includes working for a major human resources consulting firm as a senior healthcare consultant.
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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
203.488.1663 x16 phone
860.951.5188 cell
  Ashley Halsted manages the new business Underwriting at True Benefit. She has 14 years of experience in group health including Underwriting and Client Management. Prior to joining True Benefit, Ashley held various positions on the carrier side at UnitedHealthcare and Aetna.
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Sheila Cobb Heintzman

  Sheila Cobb Heintzman
Director
203.836.0240 cell
 

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Tori Bensussan

  Tori Bensussan
Underwriting Analyst
203.488.1663 x18 phone
  Tori Bensussan joined True Benefits as an Underwriting Analyst in Sept of 2012. She has 25+ years of experience in various businesses, with a strong focus on operations, prior employers include HealthNet (formerly PHS), Pitney Bowes, GE Capital and Black and Decker.
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David Bongiorni

  David Bongiorni
Underwriter
203.488.1663 x13 phone
  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

  Shannon Fitzpatrick
Junior Underwriter
203.488.1663 x15 phone
  Shannon Fitzpatrick joined True Benefit as a Junior Underwriter in July of 2014. She comes to us as a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut where she received a degree in Economics 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 underwrites new business prospects for True Benefit. She has more than 20 years experience working for both carriers and general agent/third party administrators. Lines underwritten include medical, dental, life, disability and workers compensation.
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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 October of 2010. She began her work here as an analyst supporting the underwritings, and is now the analyst team lead. Prior to working for True Benefit, Pam was the director of a local food pantry and continues to volunteer in service positions.
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Jennifer Friedrich

  Jennifer Kaur
Senior Underwriter—
Northeast
203.488.1663 x19 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
203.488.1663 x23 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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Xinia Torres

  Sue Savoca
Underwriting Analyst
   
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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
Retention Manager—
Northeast
203.980.6289 cell
  Monique Young is the northeast Account Retention Manager responsible for providing strategic direction to our existing clients. With 10+ years account management experience, including 4 years at United Healthcare managing cross-functional teams from implementation through renewal of large, national, self-funded group health plans she currently consults existing clients in all aspects of their employee health benefits including long term benefit strategies, plan design elections, contribution modeling, and health care reform compliance.

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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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