2024 NABIP Michigan Benefit Summit

2024 NABIP – Michigan Benefit Summit 
May 13, 2024
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 925 Creyts Rd, Lansing

Overnight Rooms:  www.crowneplaza.com/lansingwest – GROUP CODE:  AHU
Group Rate$151.00 per night **Room Block closes on April 19 **

Event Registration Closes on  Friday, May 3, 2024


AGENDA–  2024 Benefit Summit & Medicare Day

7:30 am     Vendor Set Up
8:00 AM     Registration/Breakfast
8:45 AM     Welcome from NABIP President: Brandon Erhart
9:00 AM     Opening Keynote: Susan Rider, Director of Compliance and Human Resource  Consulting Human Capital Concepts 
9:50 AM     Break
10:00 AM   CE Session: Health Savings Accounts, Medicare, and Retirement – Mike Bennet, UMB
10:50 AM   Break
11:00 AM
BENEFIT TRACK: Creative Group Medicare Solutions-Finding more business with a flexible and affordable small, medium, and large group solution – Jason McClellan, Insurance Advisors Direct
MEDICARE TRACK: Redefining legacy protection for the digital age. – Jeremy Smith, Well Done Collaborative
11:50 AM   Break
12:15 PM    Lunch with vendors
1:00 PM     Break
1:15 PM
BENEFIT TRACKAddressing Mental Health Benefits – Jean Holthaus, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
MEDICARE TRACKThe latest from the Social Security Administration – Takeya Haugabook, SSA
2:00 PM     Break
2:15 PM
BENEFIT TRACKA Discussion on Gene and Cell Therapies – Joy Wahawisan, Priority Health
MEDICARE TRACK:  Strategies to lower drug spending by safely utilizing international pharmacies – Bill Hepscher, Canadian Medstore
2:45 PM     Break
3:00 PM    Legislative Updates and Highlights From NABIP Cap-Con – Cathy Cooper and Ryan Burtka
3:30 PM    Closing Keynote Speaker – Matt Stephens, Sandler Sales

4:15 – 6:00 pm  – Networking Reception with Vendors

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 Thank you Sponsors

Event Details

Morning Keynote Speaker: 

Susan Rider, Director of Compliance and HR Consulting Services at Human Capital Concepts. 


With a background in HR consulting, employee benefits, and compliance, Susan has spearheaded transformative initiatives alongside business leaders for long-term sustainability & growth. She’s also deeply involved in NABIP, serving as VP, and contributes to impactful projects like Food Secure Indy and Ben’s Ranch. Susan’s accolades include NAHU’s Distinguished Service Award and recognition in Hot 100 Agents by Insurance Business Magazine.



Closing Keynote Speaker: Matt Stephens, Partner at Gerry Weinberg & Associates 


With 25+ years of leadership, consulting, recruiting, and sales experience, Matt’s accolades speak volumes. As a partner at Gerry Weinberg & Associates, he’s been honored for his outstanding contributions in production, training, consulting, and coaching. Matt’s passion lies in helping companies enhance culture, processes, and accountability to execute strategic plans. He believes in the power of people and actively fosters growth while pushing comfort zones.



Jean Holthaus, LMSW, LISW obtained her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa in 1995 and has worked at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services since 1997.  She is currently the Southwest Regional Director.  As a part of this, she is the EAP Director, manages the Telehealth Clinic, and oversees four other clinics.  She is the author of two books and is deeply invested in equipping individuals, families, groups, and organizations.  She enjoys speaking at events and is passionate about providing educational services which equip individuals, leaders and organizations to proactively address mental health issues.  Jean started her career as a teacher after earning her BA in Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1985.  She was a teacher for 10 years prior to beginning her career as a therapist.



Michael Bennet

Mike’s mission is to provide the best Benefit Spending Account education and administration to employers, individuals, and his agent partners. As a Business Development Officer – AVP, Mike’s primary focus is to ensure his clients have the tools and resources needed for a successful HSA/FSA/HRA experience.  Mike began his career in banking in 2006, working his way into leadership roles within retail banking. Mike joined The HSA Authority in 2016, which became part of UMB Bank in 2022.  As a certified Health Savings Account Specialist (HSAS), Flexible Compensation Specialist (FCS) and a CE Instructor, Mike enjoys supporting his agent partners and NABIP Chapters in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska with educational tools and resources.  He looks forward to providing customized BSA solutions and simply being a resource to the health insurance community.


Joy Wahawisan, Director of Pharmacy, Commercial and Individual Programs

As the Director of Pharmacy, Joy works on behalf of internal and external clients to navigate the changing landscape of pharmacy plan design, track emerging trends in the market, and facilitate the implementation of clinical initiatives. Through a comprehensive understanding of the drug development pipeline and expertise in pharmacy disruptors, Joy works to identify and leverage novel strategies to support Priority Health in providing cost-effective health care. Joy earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy. She also serves on the board of directors of the Midwest Affiliate of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.


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