Over the past 50 years Dan Borné has worked in media, government, higher education, business and industry, health care and insurance.
In media he served as a news and sports anchor; in government he served as an assistant to a state senator, a congressman, three US senators and a governor; in higher education he has taught at two universities; in business and industry he was vice president of a multinational corporation prior becoming president of an association of over 60 petrochemical manufacturers; in health care he chaired the board of the General Health System and in insurance he is currently on the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, having served three years at its chair. He is also currently chair of the board of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and chair of the Louisiana Foundation for Excellence in Science, Technology and Education.
As a Catholic deacon he is assigned to St. Jean Vianney in Baton Rouge and is the media spokesperson for Bishop Michael Duca and the diocese. He and his wife Lisette have four children and seven grandchildren.
He has been the public address announcer at LSU Tiger Stadium for 35 years and at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for 33 years.
COMMISSIONER JIM DONELON
Jim Donelon has served as Commissioner of Insurance for the state of Louisiana for more than 15 years. He was first appointed as Insurance Commissioner in February 2006 when the seat was vacated by the incumbent. He was later elected to fill the unexpired term in 2006 and has been re-elected to four consecutive full terms in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. His current term will expire in 2023.
A native of New Orleans, Jim graduated from Jesuit High School, the University of New Orleans and Loyola School of Law.
Prior to becoming Commissioner of Insurance, Jim served in several leadership positions within the Department of Insurance including as Chief Deputy Commissioner and Executive Counsel.
Jim was elected as the President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) in 2013 and currently serves as Chairman of the Surplus Lines Task Force of the NAIC and on its Executive Committee.
Jim has served the state of Louisiana for decades. He was first elected to public office in 1975 as Chairman of the Jefferson Parish Council. He also served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1981-2001 where he served as Chairman of the Committee on Insurance.
His public service career also includes 33 years in the Louisiana Army National Guard where he retired with the rank of Colonel and received the prestigious Legion of Merit medal. Jim serves on the Board of Directors for the Blood Center for Southeast Louisiana.
Jim and his wife Merilynn reside in Jefferson Parish. They are the parents of four daughters and grandparents of eight grandchildren.
Tabby George is a partner at The Benefits Practice. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and has been representing employers in the area of retirement and welfare plans for nine years.
Tabby works with companies throughout the country to bring their benefit programs into compliance with the ACA, HIPAA, ERISA, GINA, the ADA, the Tax Code, and state laws. She advises on compliance for health plans, wellness plans, retirement plans, and any other employee benefit a company might dream up.
Tabby has particular experience in the areas of healthcare reform and health information privacy. She has represented numerous companies in front of the IRS regarding 226J ACA penalty assessments. She is well versed in ACA compliance, including the employer mandate, 1095-C reporting, and the insurance mandates. Tabby also conducts HIPAA audits, prepares HIPAA privacy and security policies, responds to breach situations, and conducts HIPAA training and risk assessments for health plans.
In addition, Tabby represents companies in private and agency audits of health and retirement plans, and consults on all compliance matters relating to employer-sponsored benefits.
Tabby grew up in Austin, Texas and now lives with her husband, Charlie, and their two children in New Orleans, Louisiana.
ANDREW KY HAYNES
Leading the charge at Haynes Benefits is Andy Haynes. Andy has a lifelong interest in health and mental health issues and continues those interests in his practice. He has been practicing health benefits law for over 30 years, and has the experience and expertise to provide innovative solutions for complying with Health Care Reform. As a known national authority on health benefits, Andy has led hundreds of seminars, webinars and media events regarding Health Care Reform to various private and public sector audiences.
Andy works regularly with insurer, plan and service provider clients in health benefits matters, including plan design, compliance, documentation, implementation, tax qualification and risk management. In assembling his team, he has taken great strides to assure that all attorneys know health benefits law, and also the benefits industry and economics.
Andy is the current author of two books published by EBIA, HIPAA Portability, Privacy and Security and Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates Other Than COBRA & HIPAA.
Known as the “Singing Benefits Lawyer”, Andy’s seminars combine his passion for benefits law and music in a unique manner creating informative and entertaining seminars.
Andy has over 1500 hours as a lecturer with Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA) and is involved in other prominent employee benefits organizations, teaching in 10 to 15 cities each year. Andy is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.
Andy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his law degree from Emory University School of Law, where he was Research Editor of the Emory Law Journal. He is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas and is active in the Missouri Bar, having served a three-year term as chairperson of the Employee Benefits Committee and a six-year term as chairperson of the Department of Insurance Liaison Committee.
An active member of the community, Andy and his family reside in Blue Springs, Missouri. He is an active musician in his church band and the occasional gig. He also enjoys woodworking and the outdoors. He is active with local PBS and NPR stations, where he serves as an on-air personality.
GENTRY LYNN CEBS, CSA, CMS, GBA, REBC, RHU, RPA, SGS
Gentry Lynn is Vice President of Sales for Healthcare Bluebook focusing on large employers with 2,000+ benefit eligible employees. She’s dedicated to serving consultants, their staff and employer clients/prospects to provide education related to employee benefits, cost containment, and enabling and encouraging the end-user to make informed financial and medical choices using technology, multi-media communication, advocacy and analytics.
Throughout her career, she has served in leadership roles in employee benefits specifically related to Production/Consulting, Operations, Account Management, Production, Human Resources, Payroll, Corporate Training and Communication, and Compliance.
Gentry is a past president of the Fort Worth Association of Health Underwriters and has served on the board for 10+ years at the local and state levels.
She holds her L&H and P&C licenses in multiple states, as well as her GBA, RHU, REBC, RPA,, SGS, CSA, and CEBS designations. You can find several articles written by her in various national industry magazines as well.
Gentry has a Masters of Science in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University. Most importantly: she has a 360 degree perspective on how the landscape of employee benefits affects both the employer and employees.
Gentry resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
SUSAN RIDER MS, ACA, CSFS, ASF, CDHC
Susan Rider serves as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Sales for Preventia Group. For the last 12 years, Susan worked for a local brokerage firm focusing her efforts advising employers as it relates to Human Capital Strategies & Employee Benefits. Under Susan’s tenure she helped employers align their human capital and total reward strategies for their future workforce.
Susan is actively involved in the National Association of Health Underwriters, and is the incoming National Professional Development Chair. Susan was recently appointed to the Governor Holcomb’s Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) CE Advisory Council and continues to serve on ISAHU’s legislative team. She has received multiple awards, most significant – Susan was recognized in the Hot 100 Agents by Insurance Business Magazine and 25 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising by Employee Benefit Advisor.
Susan received her Master’s degree from the University of Indianapolis in Strategic Leadership and Design. She is a candidate for the NAHU Board of Trustees in 2021.