In November, Lewer Canada President René Sainte-Marie, Vice President Nik Lewer and Account Manager Beth Loch attended the Sixth Annual Symbility Health Partner Summit in Toronto, Ontario.
“Symbility provides Lewer with our TPA technology for both front-end enrollments and billing, as well as back-end claims payments,” said Lewer. “The front-end solution is new and is called ‘AdminCare.’ It will be a huge upgrade for us effective January 1, 2017 when we retire our legacy system.
“The workshops at the conference were especially informative,” said Lewer. “We covered healthcare and insurance trends, provincial drug programs and new technology in Canada. We especially appreciated a sneak peek of Symbility’s new app, which we’ll be able to brand as ‘Lewer’ and roll-out to our clients in 2017.” (168)
Lewer staff recently attended the annual health fair at Lewer headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.
According to the health fair organizer, Sue Steiner, the fair drew a large turnout. “This was the fourth year St. Luke’s Hospital came to our site to provide the screenings. We had a number of new associates participate.”
In addition to learning where they rank on the “health meter,” participants gained eligibility to participate in Lewer’s 2017 Health Savings Account (HSA) benefit. (154)
Lewer Financial Advisors attended the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchises (NCASEF) annual board meeting, October 23 – 26, 2016 in South Carolina. Lewer is an affiliate member of the NCASEF.
At the meeting, Senior Vice President Greg Addison appreciated building upon the relationships LFA began establishing at the national meeting in October 2015. Approximately 150 members attended the 2016 meeting in South Carolina.
At this year’s annual meeting, Addison participated in breakout sessions. “Lewer Financial Advisors continues to build relationships with members of the NCASEF and we are looking forward to assisting the association by providing financial services and information in the coming year.” (145)
Executive staff and members of the LewerMark team met with Sirius International at Lewer headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, October 21 – 23, 2016. The teams met to further develop processes following the signing of an agreement with the London-based carrier last summer. Sirius International Insurance Corporation replaced Lewer’s previous carrier (Trustmark), effective June 1, 2016.
The relationship with Sirius, initiated by President Mike Lewer in 2015, was prompted by challenges presented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Lewer’s interest in developing an exempt student insurance plan designed specifically for LewerMark schools.
An executive team from Sirius first visited Lewer headquarters in September 2015. In January 2016, Mike Lewer traveled to Sirius International’s offices in London, with senior vice presidents Mike Dlugolecki and Robert Stompoly to finalize the new partnership.
“It’s particularly gratifying to observe how these two organizations – one based in London, England and the other based in the middle of the United States – have come together over a period of one year to create and implement a program so effectively designed for LewerMark clients,” said Lewer. “It’s apparent to all of us at Lewer that we’ve found the right partner.” (140)
The 2016 regional NAFSA: Association of International Educators conferences were held in October and November at locations across the country.
LewerMark Regional Sales Director Laura Caferro kicked off the season at the Region I Conference in Anchorage, Alaska. According to Caferro, there were 200 participants from Region I. “There was a great turnout of NAFSAns, many current clients,” she commented after the conference.
Caferro said she felt fortunate to have the opportunity to co-present with International Student Advisor Lisa Jacobson from Cascadia College in Washington. “Our session was Crisis Management 101: First Steps to Creating a Plan,” said Caferro. “Lisa and I made a great team and received positive feedback on the presentation.”
LewerMark provided a Smoked Salmon & Alaskan Tote door prize, which was won by Andrea Pietryzk from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon. Caferro presented the prize to Pietryzk at the Annual Gala where, she said, everyone attending from Region I “had a lot of fun raising funds for travel grants.”
LewerMark has been associated with NAFSA for nearly two decades. The team attended a total of eight regional conferences this fall, including the Region IV conference in Springfield, Missouri, the Region V conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Region II conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Region XII conference in Palm Springs, California. (71)