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Aug 2003Jan 2009

Corporate Benefits Manager

Corporate manager of all welfare and retirement benefit plans for 6,500 employees located throughout the United States and Canada. Worked with brokers/consultants, carriers and administrative vendors for smooth operation of benefit plans. Administered 401(k) plans, including base plan with assets totaling over $83 million, union money purchase plans, and tandem executive non-qualified deferred compensation plans. Worked with Plant Human Resources Managers to ensure employee communication, enrollment, and issue resolution for all benefit plans. Prepared and reviewed required documentation for benefit programs. Supervised day-to-day responsibilities for one non-exempt administrative assistant.

• Worked as part of team for benefits integration for acquisitions• Developed vendors and outsourced benefit enrollment and COBRA processing• Led successful outsourcing process for administration of 401(k) plans• Beta-tested enrollment software for vendor for online enrollment and COBRA efforts• Worked as part of team to integrate 1,800 acquired employees into UltiPro system; included setting up all benefit plans that were not mainstream

May 2001Feb 2003

Benefits and Human Resources Manager


Managed all benefits for 350 employee start-up company, including all HR administrative processes and benefits programs. Assisted managers with performance management and progressive discipline issues. Implemented relocation program. Plan administrator of 401(k) plan with assets in excess of $5 million. Developed employee handbook and HIPAA compliance processes in conjunction with Vice President of Human Resources and other members of HR department. Responsible for supervising and mentoring of one non-exempt administrative employee.• Negotiated welfare benefit plan for 2002 that saved company $175,000 over 2001 costs and $478,000 over renewal rates.• Brought COBRA and flexible spending administration in-house, saving company $19,000 in third-party administrator costs.• Identified need for computerized HRIS system. Researched systems and presented proposal to senior management. System implementation included adding employee history manually to system to allow for accurate data.• Assisted Payroll Department in utilizing ABRA system to bring payroll in-house. System was implemented in 7 weeks and had a 98% accuracy rate for the first payroll run.

May 1997May 2001

Benefits Supervisor

ConAgra Grocery Products: Arrow Industries, Inc

Promoted from Executive Assistant to Benefits Supervisor. Responsible for all facets of benefits programs for 1,250 employees. Medical plan was self-funded and self-administered; worked with carriers and third-party administrators to obtain network access and discounts for medical claims. Utilized system to pay medical, dental, and prescription claims in-house. Worked with HR Manager to administer payment for medical charges for on-the-job injuries for Texas employees. Worked with ConAgra corporate office to administer 401(k) and stock option plans. Supervised two non-exempt employees.

• Implemented electronic system for insurance coverage verification and claims payment status.• Oversaw two-tier relocation program, including management of relocation services company.• Managed a non-qualified executive deferred compensation plan. Program was administered in-house with input from actuarial firm.• Key member of team that provided due diligence to seven potential buyers of company and assisted in the execution of sale of company components to those buyers• Participated in production and communication of WARN Act notices for plant sales and closures• Diligent efforts to recover funds due from stop loss company after disputes of eligibility resulted in collection of $450,000 initially denied by insurance company

Mar 1995May 1997

Executive Assistant to President/VP of Human Resources

ConAgra Grocery Products: Arrow Industries, Inc.

Responsible for day-to-day affairs of two executives including meeting scheduling, appointments, and correspondence. Organized annual strategic planning sessions as well as other major meetings. Coordinated risk management program including issuing of certificates of insurance and tracking certificates from outside sources. Managed mail room as well as a travel program which housed an in-house airline ticket printer. Supervised two non-exempt employees.


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Dallas Baptist University
Graduated summa cum laude

Del Norte High School


To obtain a benefits position that allows me to develop and manage benefit programs that enhance employees' lives while meeting hte strategic objectives of the corporation.


PROFESSIONAL PROFILEExperienced benefits professional with over 15 years of experienceProven success at creating, implementing, and operating benefit plansExperienced administrator of non-union and union 401(k) plans Extensive knowledge of employee benefit rules and regulations Strategic thinker, innovative problem solver, and hands-on benefits manager

KEY QUALIFICATIONSBroad-based experience administering both fully insured and self-funded welfare plansGo-to Person for resolution of issues, including plan design and administrationTeam Player with the ability to work with other team members to achieve resultsHighly Motivated with a positive attitude and results driven focusAbility to recognize and adapt to different business and economic environmentsExperienced administration of complex retirement systems


Volunteer work - Hearts and Hammers, St. Philip's Frisco - various projects





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Feb 2001Present

Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS)

International Society of CEBS/Wharton School of Business