March 19 Chapter Meeting

  • 19 Mar 2013
  • Breakfast in Bellevue, Luncheon in Seattle


Registration is closed

Private Exchanges: Two Leading and Innovative Approaches

1 CE has been approved by the WAOIC for this program

Chris Renz and Todd Ringwood will provide their personal experiences, the relevant background, their research and many other learning’s along the way that brought their private exchange to fruition. Hear firsthand how employers coached and helped them to design specific features of their value solution that was brought to the market.

Two models will be reviewed, how are they similar/different? Why did they select their models? This forum provides a unique learning experience of each approach from two national leading consulting firms.

  • Setting the stage and background – A description of two basic approaches
    • How each firm got down the private exchange path
  • Employer/Market reaction and what’s been the progress to date? 
    • What do they want to achieve? Why are clients and vendor partners interested in this alternative?
    • What challenges are they facing?
    • What surprises have they encountered?
  • Lesson’s learned and vision for the future 
    • Observations from the first open enrollment
  • Where can this ultimately lead?


Chris Renz is a Partner and the Northern California Health & Benefits Business Leader based in the San Francisco office of Mercer. He leads strategic health care consulting teams for national employers in retail, technology, health care, and financial services industries. Chris serves as Mercer's Northern California spokesperson for the National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans and is frequently quoted in local and national media. Chris has 20 years experience as a health and welfare consultant at Mercer.

Todd Ringwood is the Resident Managing Director at Aon Hewitt’s Seattle office. His primary responsibilities include serving as the overall business leader for all Seattle Risk and Northwest Health and Benefits clients and operations, encompassing over 60 employees and more than 200 clients. This responsibility includes clients in 5 states and offices in both Portland and Seattle. Additionally, he is the National Practice Leader for Aon’s Primary Education Industry Group, and is responsible for delivering consulting services as an account manager; including groups ranging in size from 20,000 to 80,000 employees.

March 19 Chapter Meeting

Online registration closes March 17.
Register by phone until noon on March 18 at 206-623-8632.
No refunds after March 15.
Members must log in to get the member rate.
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Bellevue Breakfast - Daniel's Broiler

Located in the Bank of America building
10500 N.E. 8th, 21st Floor, Bellevue, WA 98004

The underground parking garage is shared with the Hyatt.
Once in the garage look for the "Bank of America" elevators.
Take garage elevator to the Bank of America lobby.
Switch to a building elevator to go to 21st floor.
Building elevators are locked until 7 AM.

7:15-7:30 AM  Sign in
7:30-7:40 AM  Breakfast is served
7:40-8:00 AM  Announcements and Current Issues
8:00-9:00 AM  Program

$30 Members online; $40 at the door
$40 Non-members online; $50 at the door

Seattle Luncheon - Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

11:15 AM-11:30 AM  Registration
11:30 AM-11:45 AM  Lunch is served
11:45 AM-12:00 PM  Announcements and Current Issues
12:00 PM-  1:00 PM  Program

$45 Members online; $60 at the door
$60 Non-members online; $75 at the door

Western Pension & Benefits Council • Seattle Chapter
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