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When:  Nov 14, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (ET)
Where:   Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot Street, Needham, 02494
Community:   Mass, Boston, MA

When & Where

Sheraton Needham Hotel
100 Cabot Street
Needham, 02494

Nov 14, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (ET)


Health Insurance is now the second largest expense for US businesses and growing fast. Companies and their employees are faced with only unpleasant options—pay higher premiums or cut benefits to keep premiums the same. But what if there were other ways to tackle the growing cost of health insurance? What if you could actually CUT health insurance costs and deliver savings of $1,000 per employee per year? A self-insured health plan allows employers to have more financial control over their group health plan, as opposed to a traditional fully-insured plan with high premiums and a use-it or lose-it philosophy. When you self-fund, you only pay for the claims your group incurs. Self-funding is utilized by two thirds of all employers in the United States and continues to grow because of the flexibility and potential for savings. This presentation will help you learn about how self-funding can work for you.



Chris Wilmerding, Founder and President Thayer Partners

Thayer Partners is a leading New England benefits and wealth management firm based in Westwood, MA. Thayer Partners provides corporate benefits and retirement planning services to middle market companies, business owners and executives. 

Chris Wilmerding is the founder and President of Thayer Partners. He began his career at Lazard Freres in New York City as an investment banking analyst working on major, national and international mergers and acquisitions. After graduate school, he joined the turnaround team of a specialty packaging business, co-founded the Intuit Developer Network and was General Partner of a Boston private equity firm. Prior to founding Thayer Partners, Chris was a Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS in Boston, specializing in corporate retirement plans and individual retirement planning. He is now an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®.

Chris graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Magna Cum Laude and studied Modern European History at Oxford. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and graduated from the Wealth Advisor Program at UBS. He lives in Dedham, MA with his wife and two children and has served on his church’s vestry and several business and charitable boards and committees.

Brooks T. Goodison, President of Diversified Group

Brooks first joined Diversified in 1996 as an Underwriter for partially self-funded health plans. He then shifted into Employee Benefit Sales and in 2003 was named Vice President of Sales. Just two years later Brooks became President of the organization and he is honored to hold that position today. While that may be his title, he has several other responsibilities – Sales, Strategic Planning, Account Management, Leadership, Specialty Pharmacy Program Management and Business Development. He leads all aspects of the organization’s TPA services and its supporting organizations, including its Managed Care Division (Corporate Managed Health Services – CMHS), its Worksite Wellness & Health Promotion Division (Corporate Fitness & Health – CF&H) and the Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical Division (DGB Rx).

Brooks has an AS in Business Administration from Johnson and Wales in Providence, RI, and a BA in Public Relations and Promotion with a Minor in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. He also has Health & Life Insurance Licenses in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Brooks likes to spend time with his wife, Kim, and his three children – Aleia, Laina and Pearce. They reside in Connecticut and all enjoy spending time on the water in the summers. Brooks also coaches basketball with Kim for both of their daughter’s teams. And, he also enjoys spending time with Pearce playing baseball and participating in Scouts. One of Brooks’ personal recreational passions is Scuba Diving.

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