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Simon Bailey
Simon T. Bailey is the CEO of Simon T. Bailey International, a transformational education company specializing in creating learning and development content for individuals and organizations. He is one of America’s top 10 most-booked corporate and association speakers on Change, Leadership, and Customer Experience.

As a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, executive adviser, and author, Simon has worked with over 1,500 organizations and has impacted more than 2 million people through his presentations and seminars in 45 countries worldwide. He is the top-selling author of nine books and creator of the Shift Your Brilliance System, a personal development program that takes individuals and organizations on a transformational journey to create a brilliant life and business.

Prior to founding his company, Simon worked in the hospitality and tourism industry for 20 years and was sales director and new business development director for the world-renowned Disney Institute based at Walt Disney World Resort.®
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Carrie Hatch
Carrie has been with AmeriBen since 2004. In August of 2016 she was promoted to President and is responsible for all aspects of AmeriBen's TPA operations. Carrie's exceptional attention to detail and ability to understand the complexities of the TPA business have been instrumental in enhancing the quality of AmeriBen's operations.

Prior to joining AmeriBen, Carrie served seven years as a Project Coordinator for a large executive consulting firm. Previous capacities here at AmeriBen include Accounting, Technology Services Center Analyst, and EDI Services Coordinator. Her internal advancement and contributions to the organization truly embody our Core Purpose as it pertains to developing great leaders.

Carrie received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix in Arizona.
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Andy has been instrumental in forging AmeriBen into one of the most widely respected group benefits third party administration and human resource consulting firms in the nation.

As a principal of AmeriBen, Andy has extensive experience as a business executive and consultant. He joined the organization in May of 1986 as a Human Resource Consultant. He possesses a clear understanding of the implications of effective human resources management and its impact on an organization’s bottom line.

Andy earned his Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Business Administration from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He currently serves on the Board and is the Compensation Committee Chair for Mutual of Enumclaw; serves as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sister of Southwest Idaho; serves on the Executive Committee for the Ore-Idaho Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and is a board member for the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators based in Washington, D.C.
Tommy Ahlquist
Dr. Tommy Ahlquist knows to accomplish anything worthwhile you have to be a doer and not a talker. He learned this lesson from his Grandpa Pettersson at an early age on the family farm. He has lived by this principle in his work as a small businessman, emergency room doctor, father and leader in the community.

Tommy believes in the people of Idaho. His commitment to making communities stronger has driven him to run for governor. With fresh ideas, a fresh approach and by working together, he knows we can build an even better Idaho.

Tommy is best known for transforming the corner of 8th and Main from a 25-year hole in downtown Boise to the Zion’s Bank Building, now the tallest building in Idaho. Over the last 10 years, Tommy has built over 2 million square feet of commercial property across Idaho. As a builder, he has created thousands of jobs in Idaho, invested significantly in the local economy and helped small business owners realize their dreams. Tommy has a proven track record of attracting businesses to the state and has the skills Idaho needs to grow its economy and create jobs.

Tommy is an entrepreneur at heart. He has started several successful small businesses. He knows the important role small business plays in Idaho’s economy and personally understands how government can help these leaders succeed or slow progress with excessive and overreaching regulations.

Tommy grew up on his family’s farm and came to Idaho to play basketball at Ricks College and pursue a career in medicine. During this time, Tommy took a break from studying to serve a mission in Brazil. He earned his medical degree from the University of Utah and completed specialty training for emergency medicine at the University of Arizona.
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Sheena Boyd
Sheena Boyd brings rich human resource experience from a variety of organizations, including a Fortune 500 multinational retailer, a national industrial supplier, small business, and state government. This gives her the unique ability to provide priceless consulting advice regarding individual employees, compliance, compensation, organizational development, staff relations, recruiting and placement, and training to all levels of an organization.

Sheena holds an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, and a master's degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR) certification from the national Human Resources Certification Institute.

Sheena’s background in theatre arts is evidenced in her focus on communication, relationship development, creative problem solving, and teamwork. She is also well known as a dynamic speaker with interactive presentations, engaging audiences with her playful, upbeat style.
Brenda Blitman
Brenda Blitman is a Human Resource Consultant with a deep background as a leader in a high-growth small business, as a small business owner and consultant, and as a Business Educator. A career Certified Public Accountant with Big 8 accounting firm experience, Brenda's strong financial and analytical skills help clients build, update, and implement changes in their Affirmative Action Plans. As a human resource generalist with a focus on cost-effective strategic improvements, Brenda consults with our members on organizational and leadership development, staff relations, compensation benefits, and compliance issues. As an educator, Brenda has experience training the millennial workforce. Brenda recently completed her Master's Degree in Adult/Organizational Leadership & Learning, and the SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential.

Professionally, she is a member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, Society for Human Resource Professionals, Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley, Idaho Society of CPAs, Association for Career and Technical Education and Idaho Business Educators.
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Bret Busacker
Bret focuses his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation matters. He has significant experience in counseling publicly owned, privately held, and non-profit businesses in structuring retirement, incentive compensation, equity compensation, and executive compensation programs. Bret frequently counsels with HR executives, compensation committees, and benefits committees and advises them on benefit plan design considerations, plan administration, compliance issues, and fiduciary and governance matters.

Bret is a graduate of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and earned an M.B.A. from the Washington State University College of Business and Economics and a B.A. from Brigham Young University. He is a member of the Idaho and Ohio bars.
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Melody Evans
Melody Evans returned to the Retirement Benefits Administration Department at AmeriBen/IEC Group in January 2012 as a Retirement Sales Consultant and became Manager of the department in May 2014. She brings over 25 years of retirement plan experience with her. Melody manages and oversees the operations for over 300 retirement plans. In addition, she builds relationships with vendors and financial advisors in order to provide a means for small to medium size employers to offer a vehicle for their employees to save for retirement. During her short absence from AmeriBen, she was a Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust, handling approximately 30 relationships.

She is a Certified Retirement Services Professional, a designation earned from the Institute of Certified Bankers. Melody is a graduate of the National Graduate Employee Benefit Trust School of the American Bankers Association, held at Northwestern University. She also is a member of the Boise Chapter of Western Pension and Benefits Conference, where she holds a position on the Board.

Prior to joining AmeriBen, Melody was an Employee Benefits Trust Officer at First Security Bank and a partner in an insurance agency.
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Bryan Hall
Bryan began his AmeriBen career in September 2015. As AmeriBen/s corporate counsel, Bryan oversees legal compliance with applicable state and federal law and serves as the organization’s HIPAA Privacy Officer.

Bryan graduated from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School and served in the Air Force as a judge advocate for ten years before leaving active duty to join AmeriBen. Bryan is a member of the Idaho State Bar’s Health Law Section.
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Matt Ingersoll
Matt began his AmeriBen career in August 2015 as the Director of Account Management. He is responsible for the oversight and development of the Account Representatives as well as their relationships with AmeriBen’s clients.

Prior to working at AmeriBen, Matt was the President of Boise Office Equipment, a Xerox Company, where he worked for 23 years. Matt is active in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Boise Valley Economic Partnership and volunteers his time to many youth activities.

Matt has a B.A. from Brigham Young University in International Relations and he loves to spend time with his wife and five children.
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Sam Leo
Sam Leo joined Magellan Rx Management in 2013. He is currently a Director for Specialty Clinical Programs, responsible for the development of specialty strategy and management for all lines of business. He is a subject matter expert in the execution of clinical programs, development of medical policies and formulary review for numerous clients.

Sam has been in the Pharmacy and Managed Care industry for over 4 years. He began his career as a Managed Care Pharmacy resident at the University of Massachusetts Medical School developing clinical drug information, medication therapy management programs, and preparing evidence based clinical recommendations.
Brian Marshall
Brian K. Marshall is a Human Resource Consultant, and a Professional Member of the Treasure Valley Human Resources Association (HRATV), where he serves on the Board of Directors and as co-chair of the Professional Certification Committee. He holds certifications as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) from the national Human Resources Certification Institute, and as a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) from the national Society for Human Resource Management.

Brian graduated from the University of Idaho, College of Law and is a member of the Idaho State Bar's Employment Law Section. He has also completed Mediation Training through the Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution's and has been a featured speaker in several educational courses for HR professionals, attorneys, accountants, business owners, and ethics groups. He is an Eagle Scout and currently volunteers as a leader in Boise's Troop 11 in Boise, Idaho.
Rachel Pulliam
Rachel has worked in the public accounting industry since 1999. Her experience includes accounting, auditing, and tax preparation for a variety of industries. Rachel specializes in audit and financial reporting, with a concentration is ERISA. She serves on the Peer Review Committee for the State of Idaho and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Education and Certifications
• B.S. Agricultural Economics – University of California Davis, Davis
• Certified Public Accountant – Idaho

Professional Activities & Associations
• American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
• Serves on the Peer Review Committee for the State of Idaho
• Kid For A Night-Committee Member (St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital)
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Pam Vannoy
Pam joined AmeriBen in 2012 as the Manager of AmeriBen’s Medical Management where she has primary oversight of utilization management, case management, disease management, maternity management, wellness, and disability administration. In 2015 Pam was promoted to the position of Director of Medical Management.

Pam has been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years with extensive clinical experience in adult and pediatric home care/infusion, pediatrics, cardiac transplant unit, PICU, and NICU, in both Idaho and California. Additionally, Pam has over twelve years of experience in leadership roles, including her most recent position as Director of Operations of a large home health agency. She is committed to ensuring the delivery of quality, compassionate patient care, while ensuring continuous improvement of the company’s efficiency and fiscal success.

Pam received her nursing degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is licensed in the state of Idaho. She has served as the past president of the Idaho Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and remains an advocate for children and adults with hearing loss.
Benjamin Warren
Benjamin began his career in the financial services industry in 2004. He joined Rathbone Warwick Investment Management in 2007 from the insurance industry.

Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwest Nazarene University. He earned his CFA Charter in 2011. The CFA Charter is a globally recognized standard of investment analysis issued by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts. In 2014, Ben was named to the Idaho Business Review’s “Accomplished 40 Under 40” List*.

Ben and his wife, Kirsten, live in Meridian with their three daughters.
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Jonathon Young
Jonathan Young is a senior national accounts manager at American Funds, part of Capital Group. He has 27 years of investment industry experience and has been with Capital Group for 24 years. Prior to joining Capital, Jonathan was an investment representative with PaineWebber. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Old Dominion University. He also holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and Professional Plan Consultant™ designations. Jonathan is based in Chesapeake, Virginia.