Seattle Episode 66 – Sandy Wood – The Benefits Academy
Entrepreneur Spotlight

 
 
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Sandy Wood / The Benefits Academy

Sandy Wood is President and Chief Benefits Consultant of The Benefits Academy. She has worked in and around the benefits field since 1990, as a benefits analyst, service representative, agency owner, operations manager, product developer for a private healthcare exchange, and benefits producer.  She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education and taught for two years prior to entering the field of health insurance.  Sandy’s passion for education, background in benefits, and ability to make sense out of complex regulations have provided her with a unique skill set.  Sandy currently serves as a consultant to agents, brokerage firms, insurance carriers, and benefits-related vendors, providing educational programs and tools to streamline the processes of providing group health benefits to employers.

Sandy is a licensed insurance agent in the states of Washington and Oregon, and holds her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation. She is the 2012 Past President of the International Society of Employee Benefit Specialists’ (ISCEBS) Governing Council, served on the CEBS Committee of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Specialists (IFEBP) and is currently the President of the Pacific NW Chapter of ISCEBS (PNW-ISCEBS).

Sandy is a sought-after speaker and recognized industry expert.   Her articles have been included in the national benefits publication, Benefits Quarterly, and she co-authored the revision of the IFEBP eLearning Course: HSA and HRA Basics.   She has presented educational programs at national ISCEBS Symposiums, local NW Pacific ISCEBS sessions, the South Sound Association of Health Underwriters, the Seattle Chapter of SHRM, and the Association of Washington Business.

About The Benefits AcademyBringing Benefits Into Focus

The Benefits Academy, headquartered in Washington State, is a consulting firm serving health insurance agents and brokerage firms.  We are the go-to source for benefits staff training, compliance research, and agency streamlining tools. Our core focus is to transform benefits education, providing the resources to more easily understand the changing benefits landscape.  Our interactive medical Plan Comparison Tool, which provides instant access to in-depth plan benefit differences, is revolutionizing the way Washington State agencies work.

“Every year there seems to be more regulations, more plan complexity, but less time. It’s the number one complaint I hear from agents. I wanted to fix that. While I can’t change the fact that we have rule changes constantly, I can free up time for agents so that they can concentrate on their clients.  That’s why, after more than 25 years working in the benefits industry, streamlining processes along the way for the brokerage firms I worked at, I decided to create programs and resources that all agencies throughout Washington could take advantage of.” – Sandy Wood

 

 

Brad Berger / Cornerstone Financial Strategies
(Co-Host)

Dan Weedin / First Underwriters Insurance
(Co-Host)

Sandy Wood / The Benefits Academy
(Guest)

 

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