HICKORY, NC – October 21, 2015 – Catawba Medical Foundation (CMF), the philanthropic arm of Catawba
Valley Medical Center (CVMC), will hold its bi-annual Business and Health
Council Wednesday, October 28 at 4:30 pm in AHEC 112 on CVMC’s campus
located at 810 Fairgrove Church Road in Hickory. The event is an educational
and interactive opportunity for community business leaders to consider
solutions that address healthcare aspects and employee benefits with panel
discussions about developing a rich benefits package.
“With healthcare and employee benefits as our topic of discussion,
we have lined up four panelists and an afternoon that is sure to offer
lively discussion,” said Guy Guarino, CMF Chief Development Officer.
“Come join the conversation and listen to professional perspectives
on the dynamic role benefits play in attracting and retaining staff.”
The CVMC Business and Health Council is a partnership between Catawba Medical
Foundation and local business leaders that provides networking opportunities
for collaboration on important trending healthcare topics. The event panelists
planned for Wednesday are as follows:
Josh Walker, Transportation Insight,
Vice President, Organizational Development
An avid distance runner, Josh Walker knows that one must set many small
goals along the way in order to achieve ultimate success. Josh and his
team maintain our familial culture, making Transportation Insight a great
place not only to have a job, but also to make a career. Josh previously
held key positions as Controller of The Systems Depot and Manager of Capital
Projects at Cardinal Health Oral Technologies, and has also served as
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hickory Christian Academy. Josh
knows what it means to deliver results with excellence outside of the
workplace as well. As the head coach of Hickory Christian Academy’s
soccer program for nearly 10 years, his teams have earned a National Championship
and four State Titles. Josh earned his BS in Finance from Bob Jones University
and his MBA from the University of Tampa. Josh is a devoted family man
for his wife and three children.
Ken Johnson, JD, Stanley, Hunt, DuPree, & Rhine, a Division of BB&T Insurance Services, Inc., Senior Vice-President/Practice Leader, ERISA & Employee Benefit Compliance
Ken Johnson joined Stanley Hunt DuPree & Rhine/BB&T Insurance Services,
Inc. in 2015 as the Practice Leader for ERISA and Employee Benefit Compliance.
Ken has over 30 years of employee benefit experience. For approximately
15 years he was a director in the law firm of Tuggle Duggins P.A. in Greensboro,
NC working exclusively in the area of employee benefits. For welfare benefits
Ken worked with insured plans, self-funded plans, Section 125 plans (cafeteria
plans), flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements
(HRAs). Ken counseled employers and plan administrators regarding ACA,
COBRA and HIPAA compliance in addition to other reporting and disclosure
requirements under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. Ken handled employee
benefit issues relating mergers and acquisitions including plan terminations,
plan mergers and plan spin-offs. Ken returned home to North Carolina in
1999 after practicing in Washington, D.C. for 15 years. His prior experience
includes several years supervising an eight-attorney employee benefits
litigation practice group for the United Mine Workers of America Health
and Retirement Funds as well as working in private practice representing
multiemployer pension and welfare plans.
MSPA, MAAA, FCA, EA, Stanley, Hunt, DuPree, & Rhine,
a Division of BB&T Insurance Services, Inc., Senior Vice President, Chief Actuary for Retirement
Steve’s experience with retirement benefits has included qualified
and non-qualified retirement plans, along with other post-employment benefits
since 1983. He has provided clients with effective solutions to manage
plan costs by coordinating benefits, funding and investment polices with
plan sponsor objectives. Steve advises clients as Chief Actuary of the
Consulting and Actuarial Services department. He utilizes new technology
along with our Associates’ innovative and creative ideas to enhance
service delivery and reduce the cost of benefits administration. Steve
helps clients provide employee benefits in a cost effective manner while
coping with government legislation. He designs and administers non-qualified
retirement plans used as an executive compensation and retention tool.
Steve has been invited to present pension and retirement topics at meetings
held by various Human Resource and Finance professional associations.
Steve is a graduate of the University of Michigan Mathematics and Actuarial
Phyllis Johnston, CVMC, Vice President Human Resources
Phyllis has served in Human Resources at CVMC since 1990 and was promoted
to Director Human Resource in January 1995 before being promoted to Vice
President in July 2013. Phyllis has administrative responsibilities for
Human Resources; Organizational Learning; Payroll and Volunteer Services.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Gardner-Webb University.
Phyllis’ previous experience includes a number of senior leadership
positions where she was responsible for human resources functions at Gardner-Webb
University, Coker College, Erskine College and Sacred Heart College. Phyllis
is active in the Hickory community with current or prior involvement with
the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Association; Society
of Human Resources Management; North Carolina Association of Healthcare
Human Resources Association; Catawba Valley Society Human Resources Management;
and the Catawba Valley Human Resources Association. As a member of the
Catawba Valley YMCA Corporate Board for over 13 years, Phyllis has experience
serving as its Personnel Committee Chair and Board Secretary. She is also
a current board member of the Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board.
To participate in this free event, participants are asked to RSVP to Tracey
firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 326-3670 by October 26.