Are you the next Benefits Professional of the Year? Nomination deadline is today

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Know any top-notch benefits managers who have transformed their company’s benefits program? Now is the time to recognize their accomplishments.

Nominations are open for Employee Benefit News’ annual Benny Awards, which recognize four individuals for excellence in the employee benefits/human resources field. The deadline has been extended to July 27.

Now in their 27th year, the Benny Awards have four categories: Benefits Professional of the Year, Benefits Leadership in Healthcare, Benefits Leadership in Retirement Planning and Judges’ Choice.

The Benefits Professional of the Year is presented to a person who has demonstrated a pattern of creativity and achievement in plan design, administration, communication and/or staff management, as well as contributions to the benefits profession overall. The Leadership Awards in Healthcare and Retirement go to professionals who have demonstrated excellence in developing and managing programs, yielding measurable impacts on the cost and/or quality of these benefits. The Judges’ Choice winner is drawn from a wider spectrum of benefit programs and areas of professional responsibility.

Awards recognize employee benefit or human resource managers directly involved in the management of employee benefit programs. Benefits professionals may be nominated by themselves or others; benefit vendors or consultants may nominate their clients. Only one person or team per company may be nominated.

Winners must agree to be interviewed and will be profiled in the September print issue of Employee Benefit News and on

Last year’s winners were: Sarah Sardella, senior director of global benefits at Akamai Technologies (Benefits Professional of the Year); Julie Wilkes, North American wellness program lead at Accenture (Benefits Leadership in Health Care); Cliff York, head of pensions and benefits for Americas at BP (Benefits Leadership in Retirement Planning); and Becky Cantieri, senior vice president at SurveyMonkey (Judges’ Choice).

See also: In review: EBN’s benefits professionals of the year

Winners will be notified in early August.

Access the nomination form here.

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