We always knew the benefits industry could be brutal at times (any of you who have made major benefits changes at your companies know what I’m talking about), and The Hartford’s Tom Westman has taken his survival skills and put them to use on television.

Westman, the season 10 winner of reality TV show “Survivor,” has signed up for more: He will be featured on the show’s 20th “Heroes vs. Villains” season, set to begin airing in February. (He’s a “hero,” by the way, one of a team of previous contestants known for their integrity during the competition.)

Working for The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., for three years as a New York-based group benefits sales representative – especially in this economy! – surely has prepared Westman well for what he faced during the show’s filming in Upolu, Samoa. He took a leave of absence last summer for the taping of the show and since has returned to his role selling The Hartford's group life and disability insurance.

Although he can’t say how he fared on the show, I, for one, would be willing to wager that he did well. You pros are made of tough stuff!

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