Ignite HR Roundtable: The Power of Benefits in Recruiting & Retaining Top Talent

Hosted by Alera Group

(Virtual Event)




Wednesday, July 27, 2022 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM






Join Alera Group experts for a dynamic panel discussion about designing, managing and communicating benefits to attract and retain top talent. We’ll discuss strategic planning, managing member expectations, communicating effectively, and current trends you will find insightful. The Q & A session at the end will give you a chance to take away even more value from this event!



Alex Koglin is Senior Benefits Consultant for GCG Financial, an Alera Group Company. He has nearly a decade of experience in healthcare benefits and has worked with companies ranging from a handful of employees, to over 5,000 employees across a diverse range of industries. His responsibilities include new business development, strategic playbook review, client relations, and functioning as liaison between sales and service teams.


Alex routinely works with clients to transition to alternative-funded programs, while considering the holistic employee experience. In addition, he has overseen the merger of benefit programs following multiple large-scale acquisitions. Alex leverages those opportunities to identify program improvements and substantial cost reductions.


Alex is WELCOA certified and uses his knowledge to oversee client wellbeing initiatives, keep a pulse on employee engagement, and identify employee values. Moreover, he uses his process-driven approach to identify best-practice benefits administration solutions and better leverage technology.


Above all, Alex values his client relationships, excellent client feedback, and long-term client retention.



Jamie Honigman brings 30 years of successful experience in the human capital industry to HR inTune, an Alera Group Company. He has repeatedly demonstrated his talent for bringing out the very best to the companies for which he has provided leadership and direction. 

Jamie has a Master’s Degree in Human Organizational Science from Villanova University and a B.S. degree in Sociology from St. Joseph’s University. Jamie spent 15 years as a human resource executive. He spent many years in key HR positions at SmithKline Beecham. He also led HR functions for such companies as Comcast, Xerox, and TMP Worldwide. In these roles, he had the ultimate responsibility for all aspects of HR for these large, multinational firms.

Since becoming a human capital consultant 20 years ago, Honigman has had leadership roles in the human resource consulting practices for Aon Consulting and CBIZ.


John Fisher, CFP®, Vice President, Wealth Services, is a passionate and dedicated member of the Alera Group team! John’s primary focus is consulting on business retirement plans like 401(k) plans, Profit Sharing plans and Deferred Compensation. In addition to retirement plans, John also works with businesses on succession planning, assisting with funding Buy/Sell Policies and Key Person Life Insurance.

John has been bringing valuable solutions to employers and employees for over 10 years. He earned his B.S. in Finance/Accounting from Northern Illinois University and is a Certified Financial Planner™. John specializes in working with small to medium-sized businesses and business owners in the selection and implementation of various programs including group health insurance, buy/sell strategies, business continuation, 401(k), pensions and non-qualified retirement strategies.



John Wissman is a native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, where he majored in Finance and Marketing. His professional experience as an Equity Trader, Advisor, Board Member, and Entrepreneur has given him a unique perspective on how to help businesses think strategically and scale successfully.


As a speaker, John has shared his advanced strategies in health and welfare topics across Texas, including the ASHHRA Symposium and multiple industry summits for financial institutions. An active member of his community, John has also served as a mentor for Minds Matter, helping underprivileged high school students gain college acceptance and attain scholarships.

Aside from travel, John enjoys playing tennis, hiking, spending quality time with friends, and being a die-hard 49ers and Texas Longhorns fan. Currently, John lives in Houston with his wife Brittany and two wildly smart and independent sons.



Tom Schuetz is the Senior Partner of Alera Group Quad Cities. An experienced consultant, Tom specializes in improving the profitability and success of organizations. He develops and implements benefits strategies that manage cost and improve profitability.


Before joining Alera Group Quad Cities, from 1981-1990, Tom was a partner and practicing attorney specializing in corporate law, estate planning and real estate.


Tom earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Midland Lutheran College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law.


Tom is active in his community, having served on several community boards including United Way, Junior Achievement and the Chamber of Commerce, and volunteering with several more community organizations.


He and his wife, Becky, have 4 children and three grandchildren. He enjoys any sport (especially Nebraska football), regular exercise, reading a good book and hanging out with his family and admiring their accomplishments.






12:00PM - 1:00PM Wed 27 Jul 2022, Central timezone

Virtual Event Instructions:

Look Who's Coming:

Shelly Chapman
  Vera French CMHC
Patti Kenyon
Jennifer Schmidt
Misty Fues
LeAnn Ferguson
  Genesis Health System
Rachel Gustafson
  R.I.A. Federal Credit Union
Margaret Davis
Jennifer Williams
Lauren Kress
Erin Wallace
  Modern Woodmen
Nicholas Hanna
  Ascentra Credit Union
Taylor Goebel
Janice Dolan
Lea Ann Dies, SHRM-SCP, PHR, ACC
Alyssa Rice
  St. Ambrose University
Christopher Bayer
Laura Flanagan
  Management Resource Group, Ltd.
Theresa Arth
  Ascentra Credit Union
Mark Holloway
  Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
Hilary Spengler
Darcy Ratermann
  BITCO Insurance Companies
Colton Storla
Brian Monroe
  Safer Foundation
Meg Pfoutz
  H.C. Duke & Son
Kelly Anderson
Jon Clayberg
Ande Miller
Joseph Holland
  Group O
... a total of 32 guests.
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