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NAHU Wellness Instructors

Meet the Instructors

Troy Cook | Stephen Honig | Susan Rider | David C. Smith

Troy Cook - Instructor

Troy Cook has over 25 years of insurance industry experience. Starting out as an independent life agent and becoming an agency supervisor at the age of 24, Troy later transitioned into an employee benefit specialist, where he has spent the last 21 years. Those 21 years began with him as an agent at Group Specialists, Inc in Cedar Rapids. He then served as the manager of the Iowa office for Roger Benefit Group, a sales organization generating over $1 billion of premium annually. In 2002, Troy returned to the agency side of the industry when he joined Krist Insurance Services as manager of the employee benefit and financial services department as well serving as senior account executive. He continued in that role until 2009 when he joined Mercer as Principal, Senior Relationship Manager. In 2014, Troy became Vice President-Sales and Business Development for Telligen, a national population health management company.

Troy has received numerous industry awards including life agency Rookie of the Year and is a 4-time Golden Eagle Leading Producers Round Table member from the National Association of Health Underwriters. He is certified as a Managed HealthCare Professional by HIAA and a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow. Troy's is past member of the Board of Trustees of the Washington, DC-based National Association of Health Underwriters. He previously served that organization as National Legislative Council Chair. He is a past president and member of the Board of Directors for the Iowa AHU.

Stephen Honig - Reviewer/Instructor

Stephen Honig started his career in employee benefits over 20 years ago, and he currently serves as president of O.C.A. Benefit Services. Through a combination of communication techniques and cutting-edge plan designs utilizing health reimbursement arrangements and health savings accounts, Steve and his team have earned a nationwide reputation for reducing healthcare costs while at the same time improving the quality of the healthcare delivered.

Susan Rider, MS, ACA, CSFS, CDHC - Instructor

Susan Rider is a Consultant in Employee Benefit & Human Capital Management. Recognized in 2016 by Employee Benefit Adviser among the “25 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising.” Susan was recognized also a Rising Stars in the Employee Benefit Advisor Magazine in 2011. She serves as an integral extension of the benefits/finance/HR staffs of private and publicly traded businesses.

Susan is a business advisor who brings added value to employers by identifying options to mitigate rising costs, improve the health of employees and their dependents, and represent them in complex negotiations with insurers over how best to design and finance their health and benefit programs and ancillary coverage lines.

Susan is a market innovator who has expertise in alternative coverage mechanisms such as self-insurance options, including Captive solutions. Susan regularly meets with legislators on behalf of her clients to help transform healthcare policy that is business friendly.

Susan joined Gregory & Appel in 2008. She leads our compliance committee as well as the Human Capital Management division. Susan’s primary focuses include: Wholesale/Retail, Captives, Public Entities, Manufacturing, Technology Firms, Start-ups as well as Healthcare.

Susan received her Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership (HR) from the University of Indianapolis – Capstone Project “Human Resources Transformed by Process Efficiency”. Susan obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with a Concentration in Organizational Leadership from IUPUI. Susan holds her Human Resource Certificate.

Susan’s certifications include: ACA, Certified Self-Funding Specialist (CSFS), Consumer Directed Health Care (CDHC) & Wellness.

David C. Smith - Lead Author/Reviewer/Instructor

David C. Smith is vice president of Ebenconcepts, one of the Southeast's largest benefits consulting firms. He has nearly 20 years of experience in employee benefits, with regulatory, business and industry perspectives. David has spoken extensively about wellness and its nuances and is always highly rated as a speaker before diverse audiences.

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