Innovative’s CEO, Terriann Procida, is Awarded “2019 Executive of the Year”

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Innovative’s CEO, Terriann Procida, is Awarded “2019 Executive of the Year”

Posted On: December 3, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

Innovative Benefit Planning is pleased to announce that Terriann Procida has been awarded by South Jersey Biz as one of their 2019 Executive of the Year Award winners! The award recognizes and awards 20 South Jersey professionals who have “paved the way for success.” “As you read through our 2019 Executives of the Year, you’ll find many similarities between all of them, such as their strong work ethic, dedication to their passion, setting their employees on the right path and making a difference by serving the community. But one thing that truly stands out is their experience. All of these individuals are seasoned professionals and self-starters who have taken their companies to new heights and have seen tremendous success.” -South Jersey Biz Terriann Procida is a founding partner of Innovative Benefit Planning and has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, providing employee benefit services to business owners…


Innovative Welcomes Nurse Advocate, Erica Polaneczky, MSN, APRN, ANP-C

Posted On: November 20, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News, Workplace Wellness

We are excited to announce the latest member of the Innovative Benefits team! Please join us in welcoming Erica Polaneczky, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, as our Nurse Advocate.  As part of our Workplace Wellness team, Erica will help Innovative build, plan, coordinate, and deliver health promotion activities tailored specifically for each client’s company culture and member population.  She will work with our internal team and our clients to improve health and wellness opportunities and outcomes while increasing the accessibility of care and reducing costs. Our new Nurse Advocate will also develop and present seminars on health and wellness to our clients, and coach and counsel individual client-members to help them achieve optimal health. Erica’s healthcare expertise can help clients navigate the healthcare system, including interpreting physician instructions and medication compliance. Prior to accepting this position, Erica spent more than 15 years providing pre-admission testing at Hahnemann University Hospital, as well as…


Innovative Welcomes New Director of Wellness & Engagement

Posted On: November 18, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News, Workplace Wellness

We are pleased to announce another new member has joined the Innovative team! Please help us welcome Patricia Pellicore, CWP, as Director of Wellness and Engagement.  As Director of Wellness and Engagement Patricia will manage, develop, grow, and promote the numerous positive features of Innovative’s wellness initiatives. One of her roles is developing program strategies, analyzing biometric testing, health risk assessments, pharmaceutical use, and claims data to provide effective individualized initiatives around health education and disease management. She will also develop wellness seminars, training courses and communication materials for our clients. Moreover, Patricia will be a valuable resource for our member population. Prior to accepting this position, Patricia spent more than 20 years designing and implementing employee engagement and wellness programs. She most recently served as the Director of Wellness Operations for a personal health advocacy organization. In this role, she managed wellness coaching and biometric data management units, as…


Innovative’s Well-being @ Work 2019 Summit Recap

Posted On: November 13, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News, Workplace Wellness

As employers, what do we need to create workplaces that are connected, flourishing and well with both business and employee in mind?This year Innovative Benefits Planning hosted our inaugural well-being summit that was dedicated to making workplaces healthier.  The room was packed full of HR professionals, C-Suite decision-makers, health and well-being professionals and top well-being vendors in the industry.The morning kicked off with a healthy breakfast, opportunity to participate in voluntary biometrics with Cardio-Kinetics and discuss employer well-being options with over 20 vendors.  The set up was as engaging as it gets in the Hall of Fame Club of Citizens Bank Park with mindful networking taking place in every well-designed event space.What does a committed and aligned organization look like when it comes to health and well-being?At its core, organizations need a committed leadership team that believes in the power of well-being and the philosophy of workplace well-being.  When you…


Innovative Welcomes Lisa as Director of Compliance

Posted On: November 13, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News, Compliance

We are excited to announce the latest addition to the Innovative Benefit Planning team! Please join us in welcoming Lisa A. Hill as our Director of Compliance.  As Director of Compliance, Lisa will be a valuable resource to Innovative’s leadership team, employees, and clients in ensuring all compliance needs are met. Lisa will be critical in guiding Innovative and our clients through federal, state, and industry regulations and standards. She will be responsible for developing, overseeing, and evaluating control systems to prevent or deal with violations of legal guidelines and internal policies. Moreover, Lisa will be a valuable resource to guide our clients through the proper steps and identify potential liabilities associated with various employee benefits options. Prior to accepting this position, Lisa spent 16 years as an attorney with law firms in California. During that time, she litigated wage and hour class actions and advised clients on such topics…


Ryan Kastner Receives Young Professionals Leadership Award

Posted On: October 22, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

Congratulations to our Vice President, Consulting, Ryan Kastner, for being named to Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s ("BCRCC") Young Professionals Leadership Class of 2019. The award honors professionals under the age of 40 who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the Burlington County Business Community. Winners are selected based on their civic engagement and volunteerism, enthusiasm in leadership roles and acting as a mentor to those around them. Ryan is a true leader to his clients, colleagues and our community, so congrats Ryan on this well-deserved award! Ryan and the other recipients were honored at the Young Professionals Network Leadership Summit on Friday, October 18th at the DoubleTree Suites in Mount Laurel. Please join us on congratulating Ryan and all the award recipients!


30 Years and 30 Reasons to Choose Innovative

Posted On: September 16, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

When it comes to benefits planning, there are a ton of choices out there. And, we believe we’re the most innovative company you’ll find. After 30 years, here are 30 good reasons our clients choose to work with us: 1. We put people first 2. We are an advocate for our clients 3. We do what’s right for every individual 4. We understand what’s best for one person may not be the best for another 5. We earn our clients trust 6. We hold ourselves accountable 7. Being responsive is very important to us 8. We are respectful 9. We make the complex easy to understand 10. We affirm the best way isn’t the easy way 11. We focus on client’s goals and deliver value 12. We try to understand the culture and the people that make up an organization 13. We always have our client’s best interests at heart…


Innovative Benefit Planning Named “Best of Biz 2019”

Posted On: August 27, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News, Employee Benefits

Innovative Benefit Planning has been named by South Jersey Biz, as one of their 2019 Best of Biz recipients. The Best of Biz award recognizes 102 of region’s most esteemed service providers and we are proud to say that Innovative has been selected for their “Employee Benefits” category. According to South Jersey Biz, “The past few months were quite busy as we spent hours researching businesses from all over the region, as well as counting your votes for our annual Best of Biz−and your voices were heard. From banking, construction, law firms and real estate to education, engineering, IT Support and staffing agencies to name a few, we listed companies that are not only the best at what they do, they are trustworthy and respected in their fields.” At Innovative, we strive to go above and beyond for our clients to deliver the best results possible so it’s an honor…


Innovative Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

Posted On: August 27, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

Before 2019 came to an end, Innovative Benefit Planning had to officially celebrate our 30 Year anniversary, and we certainly didn’t get here alone. On July 24th, our employees, partners and clients, came together to enjoy food trucks, music, and memories from over the years. The afternoon was filled with reminiscing, congratulations, and appreciation.Watch this video to see the highlights from the day, including well wishes and all-time favorite memories from the Innovative team.Whether you have joined us from the beginning or just this year, you have all played an integral role in our success and we genuinely appreciate each of you.https://youtu.be/6-DxhPv74L0


Vice President, Consulting, Dan Foley, Named to Rand Institute Advisory Board at Rutgers University–Camden

Posted On: August 21, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University–Camden, an institute for public policy issues impacting southern New Jersey, announced last week that Innovative’s Vice President, Consulting, Dan Foley, has been appointed to their advisory board. Dan is joined by two other regional leaders, Amy Obsorn, vice president and head of private banking for Republic Bank and Christina Renna, senior vice president at the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey. “It’s important for South Jersey to think and act regionally if we hope to balance our competing desires for growth with the preservation of the quality of life that makes South Jersey such an attractive place to live,” says Darren Spielman, executive director of the Rand Institute at Rutgers–Camden. “These individuals are committed to the Rand Institute’s mission to leverage Rutgers–Camden research expertise in order to bring together citizens and policy makers on behalf of South Jersey’s citizens.”…


Andrew Gloninger Joins as Benefits Guardian

Posted On: July 17, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

It gives us great pleasure in introducing our newest member, Andrew Gloninger, to the Innovative team! Andrew joins Innovative’s employee benefits department as a Benefits Guardian. This position is a key member of the client services team and will serve as a direct point of contact for our client’s employees. As a Benefits Guardian, Andrew will field all claims and problems related to either client’s coverage or those specifically related to an individual employee, including benefit questions, provider directories, pre-authorization and referral assistance. “Benefit Guardians must embrace our core values to put people first, by having a positive and supportive attitude when delivering timely and accurate services to our clients. Andrew’s experience and sense of urgency makes him a great candidate for this position,” remarked Eileen Green, Chief Operating Officer. Andrew is a recent graduate from Temple University, Fox School of Business, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration…


Kyra Foster Joins as HR and Recruiting Coordinator

Posted On: July 9, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

We are excited to welcome our newest member of the Innovative team. Please join us in welcoming Kyra Foster as HR and Recruiting Coordinator. In this position, Kyra is responsible for assisting with all internal and external HR related inquiries or requests, as well as providing support to the VP of HR and General Counsel regarding client’s compliance needs. Additionally, Kyra will be assisting in Innovative’s recruitment and interview process and meeting with department managers to develop specific recruiting plans. “This position is crucial to the success of our internal HR process and the culture at Innovative. Kyra’s energy and enthusiasm was evident from her first interview and we look forward to seeing Kyra thrive in her new role!” stated Deirdre Groenen, VP of HR and General Counsel. Kyra recently received her Bachelor of Arts in both Public Relations and Political Science from Temple University. During her time at Temple,…


30 Pledges to Giveback Halfway Recap

Posted On: June 18, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News, Events

30 Giveback

We’re almost halfway through the year and our 30 year givebacks campaign is in full swing! To celebrate our 30 year anniversary and pay thanks to our amazing community and countless partners, Innovative had pledged back in January to give back in 30 different ways this year, and make our community a key part of our business in 2019. As we hit the halfway point, we are half way to 30!   The givebacks we've done so far: #30. The Innovative team came together to support the United Way Impact Fund Campaign for their 2019 Annual Campaign. #29. Innovative sponsored and supported “For Pete’s Sake-Take a Break from Cancer” Annual Gala. #28. We sponsored Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice's annual "Celebration of Life Gala". #27. The Innovative team collected coats for our Winter Coat "Share the Warmth" Drive, which benefited the local nonprofit "Code Blue Collaborative". #26. A team from Innovative cooked…


HR Person of the Year Awards Dinner

Posted On: June 18, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News, HR Consulting

Last week, Innovative attended the 19th Annual Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Awards Dinner as a proud Silver Sponsor. Our very own Ryan Kastner was nominated as HR Consultant of the Year! A lovely time was had by all. It was truly a successful event, raising $9,290 to benefit Liberty USO. A big congratulations to all of the 2019 winners, especially our friend and client, Sue Learn! 2019 HR Junior Rising Star of the Year Bobby Lundquist - Guru Technologies   2019 HR Senior Rising Star of the Year Jillian R. Rosenthal, SHRM-CP - EwingCole 2019 HR Consultant of the Year - Small Company Betty Jean (BJ) Anderson, SHRM-SCP - Humareso LLC 2019 HR Consultant of the Year - Large Company Julie Kinkopf, Esq. - Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires Newby, LLP 2019 HR Person of the Year - Small Company Jamie Lynn Rivero, MSHRD, PHR, SHRM-CP - Fox Run Brands 2019 HR Person…


Andrew May Earns Accredited Investment Fiduciary Designation

Posted On: June 18, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News, Retirement Plans

Innovative is proud to announce that Andrew May has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, the standards-setting body for fi360. Andrew is a Financial Services Associate working in the retirement services department. He is responsible for servicing the firm’s qualified plan clients in the areas of plan consulting, compliance, financial wellness, and participant education. The AIF designation signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. The designation is the culmination of a rigorous training program, which includes a comprehensive, closed-book final examination under the supervision of a proctor, and agreement to abide by the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards. On an ongoing basis, completion of continuing education and adherence to the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards are required to maintain the AIF designation.   About Innovative Innovative Benefit…


Colette Crosby Joins as Account Manager

Posted On: June 18, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

As Innovative continues to grow, we are excited to announce another new member to the Innovative team. Please join us in welcoming Colette Crosby as Account Manager. Colette will be reporting to the Account Executives Elizabeth Ferroni and Shemelia McClain. As Account Manager, Colette will be responsible for supporting the Sales Representatives during the sales phase of the business, accounting for both the technical maintenance and the promotion of a very positive experience between Innovative and our clients. One of the many roles this position holds will include preparing quotes for clients and suggest contribution strategies, coordinating client voluntary administration services, and delegating the preparation of the Sales Presentation. Prior to accepting this position, Colette worked for MetLife Worldwide Benefits as the Underwriter consultant. During this time, she managed underwriting department activities, priced approvals for new business, and analyzed company financial conditions. Colette also has experience as a Financial Analyst…


Innovative Welcomes Eileen Green as Chief Operating Officer

Posted On: June 17, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

Innovative is proud to announce that industry executive leader, Eileen Green, has joined Innovative as Chief Operating Officer. Reporting directly to our CEO, Terriann Procida, this key new position will be integral to ensuring that Innovative has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures to provide operational excellence across our company and for our clients. This role includes collaborating with the leadership team to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes and personnel designed to accommodate the rapid growth objective of our organization. Prior to accepting this position, Eileen spent over 22 years for a Philadelphia based employee benefits firm in various compliance and management roles, including 7 years as Executive Vice President and Director, Human Capital Division and 12 years as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. During this time, she gained valuable experience participating in the implementation of strategic directives and skillfully…


Innovative is Awarded the “Community Impact Award”

Posted On: June 17, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

Innovative Benefit Planning is honored to announce we are the recipient of the “Community Impact Award”. Issued by the South Jersey Biz, Innovative is featured as one of the inaugural winners in their April 2019 publication. The award honors successful companies in South Jersey that, in addition to their business accomplishments, pledge to give back to the community around them in other ways. The South Jersey Biz article states, “There are many successful companies in South Jersey, but not all of their accomplishments have come from the inside of their workspace. Several have made it their mission to give back to the communities they serve, which is one of the keys to their success.” Innovative’s core value is to put people first, and we are dedicated to making the community a key part of our business by donating time, money and resources. As we celebrate our 30-year anniversary, to honor…


Innovative Celebrates National Pet Day at Burlington County Animal Shelter

Posted On: June 17, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

National Pet day

To celebrate our 30-year anniversary and pay thanks to our amazing community and countless partners, Innovative has pledged to give back in 30 ways this year. We are dedicated to making our community a key part of our business in 2019. From local charities and non-profits to those in need and community service hours, our goal is to donate our time, money and resources in 30 ways by the end of the year. Countdown #24 was celebrating National Pet Day (April 11) at the Burlington County Animal Shelter. For 10 days, Innovative employees gathered a collection of pet items in the office based on things the shelter needed. On April 11th, six employees, Victoria Samadi, Andrew May, Kimberly Fisher, Rbhya Pal, Elizabeth Ferroni and Brooke Haramija brought the donations to the shelter, and then stayed for a two hour volunteer shift. They worked in pairs behind the scenes doing various…


Innovative Welcomes Brooke Haramija as Marketing Coordinator

Posted On: March 25, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News

Brooke Haramija joins the Innovative team as Marketing Coordinator, reporting directly to Jamie Bratton, Director of Marketing & Communications. Brooke will be responsible for helping to create and implement marketing strategies for all Innovative’s products and services, by developing and implementing marketing and advertising campaigns. In addition, she will help with event planning, social media, reporting, and database maintenance. Brooke graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of Staten Island in 2002 with a BS in Communications and a minor in Marketing/Advertising. Brooke comes from a very diverse work background, with over 20 years of experience working in customer service, sales, event planning, office management, marketing, and, more recently, graphic design for several different companies and industries, including New York Sports Club, the South Shore YMCA, Approved Oil and Sundog Theatre. “We are very excited to have Brooke join our growing team,” remarked Jamie Bratton. “Her experience and creativity will…


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