Benefit Consultants

Ben Otley

Employee Benefits Consultant
Ben Otley
Phone: (419) 354-2734

Ben has been in the insurance industry since 1995, servicing various employers with group health, life, disability, dental and vision plans. Ben received his bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. He is a member of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Perrysburg, Kiwanis Club of Bowling Green and Dynamic Connection Source Chapter of BNI. Ben is also active with the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce.

Employee Benefits Specialties

  • Fully-Insured Plans
  • Self-Funded Plans
  • Medical
  • Prescription
  • Dental and Vision
  • Cafeteria Plans*
  • Life
  • Disability
  • Long-Term Care
  • Voluntary Programs
  • Medicare Supplements**

Consulting Services

  • Wellness Programs
  • Claims Review
  • Underwriting Services
  • Plan Design/Price Modeling
  • Benchmarking Studies
  • Educational Seminars
  • Vendor Performance Evaluation
  • Employee Benefits Legislative Compliance
  • Additional Resources
  • HR Connection
  • Zywave
  • Newsletters

*Group Only
**Individual Only

Mike Kurivial

Employee Benefits Consultant
Mike Kurivial
Phone: (419) 633-0823

Mike entered the insurance industry in 1982, and specializes in employee benefits at First Insurance Group. A Defiance College business graduate, Mike co-founded the Ohio Benefit Group, one of the largest group health care agencies in Ohio. As broker/consultant at First Insurance Group, he services public and private sector employer groups in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

Employee Benefits Specialties

  • Fully-Insured Plans
  • Self-Funded Plans
  • Medical
  • Prescription
  • Dental and Vision
  • Cafeteria Plans*
  • Life
  • Disability
  • Long-Term Care
  • Voluntary Programs
  • Medicare Supplements**

Consulting Services

  • Wellness Programs
  • Claims Review
  • Underwriting Services
  • Plan Design/Price Modeling
  • Benchmarking Studies
  • Educational Seminars
  • Vendor Performance Evaluation
  • Employee Benefits Legislative Compliance
  • Additional Resources
    • HR Connection
    • Zywave
    • Newsletters

*Group Only
**Individual Only

Ken Keller

EVP, Employee Benefits Consultant
Ken Keller
Phone: (419) 785-2212

Ken has over 20 years of experience and is the employee benefits manager for First Insurance Group. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Indiana University. He is very active in the community and is currently a school board member for Northeastern Local Schools - Tinora and a board member of the Defiance Airport Authority. Ken was a former board member of the Defiance Area YMCA, Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce and Ketterning Country Club. He is a member of St. Mike's Catholic Church and was recently appointed to the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Broker Advisory Council.

Employee Benefits Specialties

  • Fully-Insured Plans
  • Self-Funded Plans
  • Medical
  • Prescription
  • Dental and Vision
  • Cafeteria Plans*
  • Life
  • Disability
  • Long-Term Care
  • Voluntary Programs
  • Medicare Supplements**

Consulting Services

  • Wellness Programs
  • Claims Review
  • Underwriting Services
  • Plan Design/Price Modeling
  • Benchmarking Studies
  • Educational Seminars
  • Vendor Performance Evaluation
  • Employee Benefits Legislative Compliance
  • Additional Resources
    • HR Connection
    • Zywave
    • Newsletters

*Group Only
**Individual Only

John Guagenti

Employee Benefits Consultant
John Guagenti
Phone: (419) 741-7466

John has over 11 years of employee benefits industry experience and specializes in employee benefit plan evaluation and development, fully-insured or self-funded. He works closely with his clients to develop a strategic plan focused on meeting their financial and employee retention goals. John is committed to keeping his clients abreast of market trends, relevant changes and updates in the healthcare industry to ensure legislative compliance.

John graduated from The Ohio State University. He is a licensed health and life insurance professional and has a Chartered Benefit Consultant designation. John is a member of LB Grass Drags and the Northwest Ohio Association of Health Underwriters.

Employee Benefits Specialties

  • Fully-Insured Plans
  • Self-Funded Plans
  • Medical
  • Prescription
  • Dental and Vision
  • Cafeteria Plans*
  • Life
  • Disability
  • Long-Term Care
  • Voluntary Programs
  • Medicare Supplements**

Consulting Services

  • Wellness Programs
  • Claims Review
  • Underwriting Services
  • Plan Design/Price Modeling
  • Benchmarking Studies
  • Educational Seminars
  • Vendor Performance Evaluation
  • Employee Benefits Legislative Compliance
  • Additional Resources
  • HR Connection
  • Zywave
  • Newsletters

*Group Only
**Individual Only

 

 

Amanda Brown

Employee Benefits Consultant
Amanda Brown
Phone: (419) 794-7811

Amanda has 15 years of employee benefits industry experience. Amanda specializes in employee benefit plan evaluation and development, fully-insured or self-funded. She works closely with her clients to develop a strategic plan focused on meeting their financial and employee retention goals. Amanda is committed to keeping her clients abreast of market trends, relevant changes and updates in the healthcare industry to ensure legislative compliance.

Employee Benefits Specialties

  • Fully-Insured Plans
  • Self-Funded Plans
  • Medical
  • Prescription
  • Dental and Vision
  • Cafeteria Plans*
  • Life
  • Disability
  • Long-Term Care
  • Voluntary Programs
  • Medicare Supplements**

Consulting Services

  • Wellness Programs
  • Claims Review
  • Underwriting Services
  • Plan Design/Price Modeling
  • Benchmarking Studies
  • Educational Seminars
  • Vendor Performance Evaluation
  • Employee Benefits Legislative Compliance
  • Additional Resources
    • HR Connection
    • Zywave
    • Newsletters

*Group Only
**Individual Only

Barb Gerken

Director of Employee Benefits Compliance
Barb Gerken
Phone: (419) 794-7802

Barb joins the First Insurance team with over 26 years of industry experience; her primary responsibility are client education and compliance with state and federal legislation affecting employee benefit programs. She works with both business owners and human resource representatives to prepare and administer the requirements of the Affordable Care Act as well as other legislative provisions.

Barb is well-respected for her ability to take complex subject matter and share that knowledge in real-life application. In 2013, she was awarded the Educator of the Year award by the Ohio Association of Health Underwriters for her work in educating association members on the provisions and impacts of the Affordable Care Act.

Jill Schalk

Online Benefits Specialist
Jill Schalk
Phone: 419-436-4085

Kim Bond

Benefit Consultant
Kim Bond
Phone: 419-436-4085

Laura Sheets

Benefit Analyst Assistant
Laura Sheets
Phone: 419-436-4085