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  • - July, 2021

    Bio – Sara Grech

    Sara Grech is the Director of Talent at Schechter. She is responsible for devising Schechter’s talent strategy and for leading the execution of tactical programs with the objective of growing our team with extremely capable professionals and retaining our current talent base. She is also responsible for maintaining and enhancing Schechter’s Core Values.

    Sara has worked in Human Resources for 19 years and prior to joining Schechter, she spent 15 years as the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for an Insurance Services firm for a global conglomerate. Her specialties include employee relations, engagement, talent acquisition, and compensation. She also spent several years on the HR Advisory Committee for The Children’s Center in Downtown Detroit.

    Outside of work, Sara volunteers her time to facilitate classes for the VIRTUS program that focuses on educating adults on creating safe environments for children.

  • - October, 2018

    Bio – Sue Schneider

    As an Account Assistant at Schechter Benefits Advisors, Sue provides a wide variety of administrative support, from enrollment and terminations to claims, audits, preparing handbooks and election forms for our clients. She genuinely enjoys helping our clients in any way that she can.

    She most recently worked at BSI Corporate Benefits and Armstrong/Robitaille/Riegle (now Gallagher); however, her benefits career goes back to 1978 at Maccabees Mutual! Safe to say, Sue is more than familiar with the industry.

    In Sue’s spare time she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her daughter Estrellita & son Nick. She also has two 4-legged kids, cats Louie and Nala, who are the only kids that live with her. On the weekends, she hangs out with family and friends, frequents estate sales, and sub sales in the warmer months. Sue adores being outside when the weather permits!

  • - May, 2016

    Deanna Eastman

    Deanna makes sure clients’ needs are met. She supports the Lead Account Managers when dealing with benefit enrollments, terminations, and changes.

    Prior to joining Schechter she worked in the finance industry, mainly banking for about 16 years, 12 years working in data entry at JPMorgan Chase bank.  She also has worked as an accounts receivable specialist with various companies for 5 years.

    Deanna is married with 4 wonderful kids and enjoys spending a lot of her free time with them.  Her hobbies are bike riding, music and she loves to crochet.

  • - May, 2016

    Kelly Miller

    As a Lead Account Manager, Kelly Miller works on a day to day basis with clients to assist them with renewals, claims, billing issues. With her team, she works to ensure that clients are well taken care of and all questions and concerns are addressed. She also works to ensure new business is completed as necessary.

    Prior to joining Schechter Benefits , Kelly has spent 24 years in the insurance industry including working for a Managing Agent for BCBSM, Third Party Administrator and Agency as well as working with Robert Schechter & Associates for 7 years from 1992-1999.

  • - July, 2015

    Bio – Lynn Arndt

    Lynn Arndt started working with Robert Schechter in April of 1984 in the pension and 401(k) area. Over the years, she has taken on a variety of roles including managing the securities department as well as overseeing office operations.

    In January 2004, Ms. Arndt accepted the role of an Account Manager in the Benefits Department working with groups ranging from two to over 750. She has been a licensed agent since 2004.

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    Bio – Laura McDermott

    Laura McDermott joined the Schechter Benefits team in November 2007. As Lead Account Manager, her role is to work with clients as a day to day contact for their insurance needs. With her team, she helps the client create a benefit program that suits their needs and budget. She then helps the client implement and administer their benefit program.

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    Bio – Angelika Merkle-Kempf

    Angelika ensures all client needs are being met by handling a variety of duties that support the Lead Account Managers and Rate Analysts, including the process of benefit enrollments, terminations and managing any changes for the clients.

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    Bio – Kelly Nicol

    Kelly Nicol started with Schechter 2003 on a temporary basis to defray the workload in the Individual Life Department. A few weeks later she was hired full time as an Administrative Assistant and later became a Client Service Advisor to handle high-end clients insurance service needs. Ms. Nicol oversaw the reorganization of the file system and change over to a new data base CRM, which helps maintain the growing customer base and life insurance policies.

    In her current role as a Rate Analyst Ms. Nicol obtains quotes, based on the client organization participation and needs and prepares client presentations which illustrate options in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability coverage.

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    Bio – Stacey Farlow

    Stacey Farlow joined the Schechter Benefits team in September 2003. As Lead Account Manager her role is to work with clients as a day to day contact for their insurance needs. With her team, she helps the client create a benefit program that suits their needs and budget. She then helps the client implement and administer their benefit program.

    Prior to joining Schechter, Ms. Farlow worked in the insurance industry for 8 years. Ms. Farlow is a graduate of Union County College and became a licensed agent in 2006.

  • - July, 2015

    Bio – Jim McDonald

    In his current role as Lead Account Manager, Jim McDonald manages client benefits packages and enrollment processes on a day to day basis, ensuring any issues that arise are resolved quickly. Jim works with clients to implement programs that best suit their needs.

    Previously, Jim worked on the carrier side and has also been an agent. He has been licensed since 2000.



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