The results are in, and in our long-standing annual recognition of the best and brightest in the benefits world, we here at Employee Benefit News are happy to announce the winners of the 2014 Benny Awards – look for full profiles of our winners online, and in the upcoming Sept. 15 edition of the magazine.

Top honors go to this year’s Benefits Professional of the Year, Heather Vertrees, benefits manager with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation in Phoenix. Heather does indeed have a cool-sounding job with the noted maker of electric guitars and more; look forward to hearing more about Heather’s work on revolutionary company initiatives including a self-service benefits platform that saw more than 99% participation during its first year, plus impressive increases in company 401(k) participation and a successful, outcomes-based wellness program.

Other winners include:

Benefits Leadership in Health Care: Diana Andersen, executive VP/HR benefits director, Zions Bancorporation

Benefits Leadership in Retirement: Dana Hammonds, director of player affairs and development, NFL Players’ Association

Judges’ Choice: Dawn Cacciotti, SVP of human resources, the National Restaurant Association

Watch for expanded coverage and information from all of our winners in the coming weeks. As always, thanks to all of our many candidates and their supportive coworkers and business partners who nominated them.  

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