Are you EBN’s next Benefits Professional of the Year? Nominations are open

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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 is July 24.

Now in their 28th 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 Renee Albert, Facebook's senior director of benefits (Benefits Professional of the Year); Candace Shaffer, director of benefits at Purdue University (Benefits Leadership in Healthcare winner); Jodi Budnick, senior vice president of talent at Optanix (Benefits Leadership in Retirement winner) and Milt Ezzard, vice president of global benefits at Activision Blizzard (Judges’ Choice winner).

Winners will be notified in early August. Access the nomination form here.

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