It’s time for me to say TTFN (ta-ta for now), as Friday, July 6 is my last day of work. Starting July 9, I’ll be on maternity leave for three months, returning to EBN in October.
I want to say thank you for the lovely well wishes many of you have offered over the last several months; I look forward to reconnecting with you in the fall when I retake the Editor’s chair and return to the blogosphere.
In my absence, Employee Benefit Views will still be a place to obtain — and offer — a new perspective on various benefits-related issues, as I leave you not one, but two, guest bloggers for these next 12 weeks.
Karrie Andes — senior benefits manager at PGi in Olanthe, Kan., former EBN Benny winner, and recent EBN cover subject — is no stranger to EBN or EBV, having been a contributing editor to the magazine and a guest poster to the blog in the past. Karrie is as straight a shooter as they come, so you can rely on her to tell it like it is — mixed with her special brand of Midwestern charm. She has one of the best benefits minds I’ve ever come across and her commitment to the profession and the employees she serves is second to none. At the risk of gushing, I adore her; I think you will, too.
Ed Bray also is a well-known name and face in the EBN universe. As a two-year vet to EBN’s current contributing editors roster, Ed is a valued presence to our monthly Commentary section. I love Ed slightly less than Karrie — but only because I’m insanely jealous of him. Formerly with Burnham Benefits, Ed’s recently settled down in paradise, taking a job this spring as the benefits director at Hawaii Airlines. Dealing with the burdens of FMLA, HIPAA and PPACA probably is a good deal easier when the beach just outside your doorstep, wouldn’t you think? It sounds like a great gig, and couldn’t have been offered to a better or more qualified guy. He’s brought a great benefits knowledge and sense of humor to Hawaii with him, and I’m sure you’ll get healthy doses of both in his blog posts.
I’ve made Ed and Karrie both promise not to be too great while I’m gone; I do need this job back, after all. Still, I hope you’ll embrace them, affirm them, challenge them and send them great feedback — just like you do with me.
As always, the comments are open. Type to you in the fall!
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