VanVleet Insurance to Launch Lunch & Learn Summer Series

by | Jun 27, 2019


VanVleet Insurance Agency is set to host three lunch-and-learn events, with the first beginning on August 1. The series is aimed toward human resource directors in order to provide insight on the health insurance and employee benefits landscape.

“We love bringing new ideas and awareness to our clients,” VanVleet vice president of  health and life insurance Kyle Zajdel said. “I see this as a great extension of our mission to provide our clients with better communication and education.”

The three topics are aimed at answering HR directors on the most common and hot-button issues asked by HR teams. Each topic will be led by a guest speaker considered an expert in their field.

“The ABC’s of Self-Funded”

The series kicks off with a discussion on the basics of self-funded plans and how to best utilize them. Jeff Rudes from Prairie States TPA, a cutting-edge health benefits administration firm, will spend time reviewing the basics of self-funded plans, and then will talk about how to maximize your long-term medical spending.

“Jeff is considered one of the most creative and experienced professionals in his field,” VanVleet employee benefits specialist Kyle Dafler said. “His knowledge on the intricacies of self-funding can help an employer create a proper strategy that can effectively decrease liability and protect a company’s assets long term”

“Utilizing Technology to Streamline Your Communication & Leveraging Carrier Relations to Pay for It!”

Steele Benefits Services is one of the largest providers of benefits technology in the state of Indiana. President of Steele Benefits, Wes Steele, will lead a conversation on the value of easing administrative burden for the HR department while also maximizing your current carrier relationship to help offset costs. This will take place on August 8.

“Absentee Management”

Alleviating the headache of absentee management and FMLA compliance is one of the most frequently discussed topics by HR administrators. Wes Thornhill, a group sales consultant for Guardian Life Insurance will start the exchange on this topic on August 15.

“Improper use or abuse of absent employees could jeopardize the legitimacy of an entire claim in the future. Proper administration in this aspect is vital,” Dafler said.

The three-time series will take place in the brand new employee benefits space at VanVleet Insurance. Free lunch, drinks, and desserts will be provided starting at 11:45 a.m. The presentations will begin at noon and will conclude at 1 p.m.

To RSVP, please contact Kelly VanVleet at or call our office at 765-935-5655.

“We’re creating this to be an educational roundtable focusing on issues facing employers today,” Dafler said of his message to HR directors. “Our goal is to help answer questions facing employers in our community.”