The power of benefits education all year round

Webinar (May 27, 2021)

Employees who understand and appreciate their benefits typically stay engaged and stay longer. That’s why offering benefits education throughout the year is essential. 

In this SHRM webinar recording, The power of benefits education all year round, Chris Bernadine, Sr., Chief Enrollment Officer at Meridio, and Rob Quell, Vice President, Broker and Special Market Development at Colonial Life, discussed how employers can maximize the impact of onboarding events and benefits communication throughout the year to position their employees to select the benefits that make sense for them. You’ll gain insights about how year-round benefits communication can improve employee retention and empower your workforce to make informed decisions during open enrollment and throughout the year.
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About the speakers

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Christopher Bernardine Sr.

Chief Enrollment Officer, Meridio 

Christopher Bernardine Sr. is the current Chief Enrollment Officer of Meridio, a benefit communication, software and enrollment company that specializes in working with associations, insurance agencies, and consultants as well as carriers. Chris oversees the operations and enrollment of the organization and has over 30 years of dedicated experience in benefit communication and employee benefits.

He attended Delaware County College and joined Combined and Aon, holding several sales and management positions over a decade. After leaving Combined, he became a partner and President of Beacon Benefit Communicators, a national communication and enrollment company. Chris returned to Aon in June 2004, as President/Managing Director of EBC and merged Benetrax, a benefit software company, into EBC in 2007. He was the Chief Operating Officer for Advanced Voluntary Concepts prior to joining Meridio.

Chris has earned the Workplace Benefits Consultant (WBC) designation and is a former Advisory Board member of The Worksite Benefits Association, Voluntary Employee Benefits Board (also known as VEBB), Mass Marketing Insurance Institute (MI2), as well as past chair of the Business Strategy Council for LeadingAge, a nonprofit association representing over 5,600 corporate members and over 1 million employees. He is a published author and has given numerous presentations on voluntary benefits, enrollment, goal setting, motivation, training, employee retention and recruitment.
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Rob Quell

Vice President of Broker and Special Market Development, Colonial Life

Rob Quell is the Vice President, Broker and Special Market Development for Colonial Life. In this role, Rob is responsible for leading an organization focused on developing and executing strategies to offer insurance products and enrollment services in partnership with brokers to their employer clients. His team also works with Colonial Life’s largest and most complex clients to evaluate the strategic use of benefits programs to achieve their business objectives, as well as specialization in key industry segments including public sector.  Rob has previously held roles in Large Employer Sales, Enrollment Technology, IT Portfolio Management, Underwriting, and Claims. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in International Business from the Darla Moore School of Business (University of South Carolina). He is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI) and Associate of Life and Health Claims (ALHC).
Colonial Life products are underwritten by Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, Columbia, SC. Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company is not licensed in New York. In New York, insurance products are underwritten by The Paul Revere Life Insurance Company, Worcester, MA, and administered by Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company.