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Nik Lewer Passes ISCEBS Fellowship Exam

Nik Lewer

The Lewer Companies are pleased to announce that Nik Lewer, who recently joined the company as Vice President, has earned the Fellow of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (CEBS) certification.

The CEBS designation is an eight-course program covering the entire spectrum of total compensation. Three specialty designations — CMS, GBA, and RPA — can be earned by completing specific courses in the CEBS curriculum and are excellent stepping stones toward earning the CEBS designation, according to the website.

Although becoming a Fellow is a challenging process, Lewer said “it was worth the time and effort.” (Click here to learn more about the CEBS program.)


Lewer Canada Attends Uni-Select Conference


A Lewer Canada team enjoyed attending the 2016 Uni-Select Conference May 18, 2016 at the beautiful Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The gathering is one that Uni-Select jobber members and their customers reportedly look forward to attending each year as the conference provides opportunities to speak with suppliers in a one-on-one setting.

According to Lewer Canada Director John Atkinson, who attended the event with Account Manager Beth Loch, Regional Benefits Advisor Bob Mathur and Vice President Nik Lewer, the conference was enjoyed by all attendees.

“We enjoyed some really great fellowship with the members and their installers, primarily from Central and Southern Ontario,” said Atkinson.

According to the company’s website, Uni-Select is a leader in the distribution of automotive refinish and industrial paint and related products across North America, as well as in the automotive aftermarket parts business in Canada. Its over 2,700 team members, spread across a network of 13 distribution centers and over 245 corporate stores, are dedicated to supplying its customers the right products, at the right place, and when they need them.


Lewer Switches Student Block of Business to London Carrier


The Lewer Agency is pleased to announce that it has formed an agreement with London-based carrier Sirius International Insurance Corporation (publ) UK Branch for the 2016-2017 school policy year.

Prompted by challenges presented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Mike Lewer contacted Sirius in June 2015 and opened discussions regarding an exempt student insurance plan designed specifically for international students enrolled in the company’s LewerMark international student insurance programs. An executive team from Sirius visited Lewer headquarters in Kansas City in September 2015. In January 2016, Lewer traveled to Sirius International’s offices in London, with Senior Vice President & General Manager at Lewer Mike Dlugolecki, and Vice President, General Counsel Robert Stompoly.

According to the IRS, F1, J1, and M1 international students studying in the US are exempt from the individual mandate requirement of the ACA for up to 5 years. “Many schools have found that ACA compliant plans that offer unlimited medical maximums and coverage for pre-existing conditions are becoming too expensive,” said Lewer. “The new LewerMark ACA exempt plan is designed to provide international students with excellent benefits and stable costs, and will continue to minimize out-of-pocket expenses.”

LewerMark client schools will be converted to the new plan at renewal time, which begins in July and ends in September.

Sirius International is part of Sirius International Insurance Group Ltd., a Bermuda domiciled holding company providing reinsurance on a worldwide basis through its principal operating companies; Sirius International Insurance Corp., Sirius America Insurance Company and Sirius International Managing Agency Limited. The latter is a 100% owned subsidiary of Sirius International and is responsible for Sirius International’s Syndicate 1945 which has been trading at Lloyd’s since 2011, according to the company’s website. It is in the business of lead capacity for property, casualty, accident & health and marine exposures.


Lewer Attends ‘7-Eleven Experience’ Conference

7-11 Experience
Lewer was pleased to attend the 2016 7-Eleven Experience conference held Feb. 2 – 5, 2016 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lewer Financial Advisors (LFA) Senior Vice President Greg Addison and LewerBenefits Director Tom Kohl attended the event.

The mood at the conference was one of excitement. 7-Eleven had an outstanding 2015 – average sales were up, transaction counts were up, and overall Franchisee Net Income was up. 7-Eleven’s expected attendance was 7,000 and they surpassed that estimate by 1,400, for a total of 8,400.

“This year, 7-Eleven replaced breakout sessions with a Product Assortment Learning Center,” said Addison. “The pavilion was an area dedicated to outsourced solutions. When franchisees came into the pavilion they were there to specifically talk to outsource vendors. 7-Eleven does an excellent job organizing these conferences for both vendors and franchisees.” (185)

Lewer Attends 2016 BPAMA Convention

Lewer attended the 2016 BPAMA Convention and Business Expo, Feb. 22 – 24, 2016 at the Doral National Resort in Miami, Florida.

The event drew approximately 300 attendees, 50 of whom attended Lewer’s breakfast meeting and presentation hosted by LewerBenefits Vice President John Owens and Lewer Financial Advisors Senior Vice President Greg Addison.
Recently appointed BPAMA Executive Director Jack Allard introduced the Lewer team. “Jack explained that Lewer is a Bronze level sponsor and has been working with BPAMA for many years, providing good guidance on Obamacare and employee benefits,” said Owens.

At the breakfast, Owens presented Am I Paying Too Much for My Employee Benefits, an in-depth reporting of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He shared strategies marketers can use to reduce costs while increasing the value of an employer-sponsored benefit program so that employees have “real benefits.”

The IRS requirement of filing a 1094-C and distributing 1095-C forms for each employee covered under an employer plan was another topic. Owens announced Lewer’s recent partnership with  Integrity Data, a discounted payroll and filing service for self-insured BPAMA members or members with 50 or more full-time employees. Integrity Data, located in Lincoln, Illinois, has served customers and partners worldwide for 20 years.

At the breakfast meeting, Lewer Financial Advisors’ Greg Addison spoke with business owners about individual and group retirement plans, as well as 401(k) benchmarking projects. (152)

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