Benefit Consultant,   The Shandro Group

Benefit Consultant,   The Shandro Group

Kelly Madison

Benefit Value versus the Cost of Attracting and Retaining Talent

As an independent benefits broker and trusted advisor, Kelly has been helping businesses wade through the chaotic and complex world of health insurance and employee benefits for over 25 years. She is responsible for advising employers on plan design, employee communications and strategies to reduce costs, while also making sense of the “alphabet soup” in employee benefits compliance—COBRA, ALE, FMLA, ACA, HRAs, HSAs, ERISA).

 Bureau Chief and Actuary, Idaho Department of Insurance

Bureau Chief and Actuary, Idaho Department of Insurance

Wes Trexler

The DOL’s Final Rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs)

Wes oversees the review of all insurance product forms and rates submissions with the DOI. His area of expertise is actuarial considerations of health products, including major medical, Medicare supplement, and long-term care. He is also heavily involved with the DOI’s health care policy initiatives and issues, including health care reform and the ACA. Prior to working at the Department, Wes worked at the actuarial consulting firm Milliman, assisting large employers with evaluating and funding their active and retiree medical and other plans, and he previously worked for a health insurance company evaluating the impact of provider networks and pharmacy contracts.

 Senior Product Development Strategist, Blue Cross of Idaho

Senior Product Development Strategist, Blue Cross of Idaho

Travis Wilhelmsen

Lean Principles and Agile Thinking in Benefit Management

Travis grew up with big dreams of working for NASA as a mechanical engineer for two reasons: technology and innovation. It didn’t take long for Travis to leave that dull and slow moving world and move into the world of lean product startups, agile methodologies, and entrepreneurship, where true innovation must exist in order to succeed. He has worked for the last 17 years starting product companies, serving in product management positions, and has developed a passion for teaching the principles that can help others think differently, move quickly and develop products that customers love. Travis currently serves in a senior product management strategist role with Blue Cross of Idaho.