A co-founder and partner at Brio Benefits, Rich is a native New Yorker who began a career in insurance at Cigna in 1999. In Rich's free time he enjoys volunteering on the Board of Directors for "A Caring Hand", which aims to help families cope with the death of a family member. After growing up in Queens Rich currently lives with his wife and 2 sons in New Jersey.
A co-founder and partner at Brio Benefits, Jason has spent over 20 years in the industry. In his free time Jason volunteers on the Board of Directors at "The Tower of Hope", a non-profit helping special needs individuals lead more independent live. Jason has committed much of his time to helping organizations involved with Autism and Special needs children.
Chief Business Officer
Kevin began his benefits career at CIGNA upon discharge from the Army in 1997. After roles in customer service and underwriting, he served in management roles within both sales and operations. Kevin's most recent position at Cigna was VP of Sales and Account Services in the 250-5,000 employee segment. In total spending around 18 years with the enterprise.
A Bronze Star Medal recipient, Kevin remains active in charities which support Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans in the NYC area.
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President and lead of our 401(k) and retirement division, Raymond has been dubbed at Brio "the most interesting man in the world". After a career in the NHL Ray began working at Provident Life and Accident. He then went on to begin his own firm, The Lake Group, which he ran until joining the Brio team. Ray was a charter member of the United Benefits Advisors, has been published and quoted in many magazines including The New York Times, Employee Benefit News, Fortune and many others.
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VP of Client Relations
Vinny has worked in the Healthcare industry since 2005. He started his career at a not for profit healthcare administrator in NYC as a broker representative. After six years there he decided to make a move to the Brio team where he works with companies on their employee benefits and communication strategies. Vinny focuses on the large group market but has experience working with groups of three employees as well as several thousand. In his free time, he enjoys going to the zoo and coaching and mentoring children at his former school.
Neil is a strategy advisor specializing in the mid-size market and has been in the Healthcare Industry since 2009.
After graduating with a Degree in Business Management & Finance from Brooklyn College, Neil worked in various areas of the Pharmaceutical Industry, ran a startup business, and took part in a number of business initiatives before eventually joining Brio Benefits in 2013.
He has brought his unique skillset of large corporate and small business management to his clients and loves every aspect of his role in making a lasting impact on some of the country’s best employers and their staff.
In 2017, Neil became a father and now lives in NJ with his wife and their son, Sebastian.
After graduating from the University of Buffalo, Jordan joined Arthur J. Gallagher as a Benefits Analyst. He worked on large group accounts between 100 and 20,000 lives, supporting account managers. His day to day tasks included answering client questions, assisting with marketing’s and implementations and helping his team as needed.
Jordan joined Brio in the Spring of 2016 as a Benefits Analyst, working on large group accounts. He works with financial projections, marketing and other financial modeling as needed.
Ron is a native of NJ who currently resides in NY with his 4 Lb Chihuahua, Rocky. Ron has more than 30 years experience in the employee benefits industry. Prior to joining Brio, he ran his own agency in Springfield NJ. Ron has spent time with several large companies, including Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NJ, and Metlife.
Ron is a 1980 graduate of the NYU School of Business.
When not working, Ron is an avid golfer and amateur photographer
Jennifer excitedly joined our team in May 2017. She has 20 years of experience in the insurance industry working in Group Sales Support, Underwriting, and Service roles for Highmark Life, The Standard Life of NY and CIGNA International. For six years of her career, she had the opportunity to work with insureds of various medical plans, which lends to her compassion for the human aspect of the importance and impact of choosing the right benefits. Her passion for the employee benefits industry led her to obtain the CEBS Designation. Jennifer is very eager to apply her experience and dedication to the clients of Brio Benefits Consulting.
Reid is a native and current resident of NJ. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Business Administration & Economics, Reid worked in the financial services industry. He worked for several years as an Investment Advisor at both small and large firms. Reid joined Brio in December 2016 as a Strategy Advisor and is excited to contribute to the success of the team.
Janine is a graduate of Seton Hall University where she earned a BS in Marketing and a Masters in Finance. Upon graduation, she began her career as a marketing professional in the Beauty industry. She worked in various roles for several top companies including Coty and L’Oreal. She joined the Brio team in 2012 where she currently oversees the day to day finances.
A native of Staten Island, NY, Janine now resides on Long Island with her husband, Tiziano, and twin boys, Luigi and Anthony.
Jacob Light is a Massachusetts native, growing up in Newton, a suburb of Boston. In 2015, Jacob graduated from the Love School of Business at Elon University, with a degree in Marketing and Sales.
After graduating, Jacob moved to his new home in New York City, and became a part of the Brio Benefits team. Bringing new ideas and a fresh set of eyes to the industry, he’s loved being able to contribute to Brio’s commitment to innovation in the Employee Benefits world.
Zach Policella graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2013 with a degree in Mathematics. Soon after, Zach joined the Arthur J. Gallagher team as a Benefits Analyst. At Gallagher, Zach assisted a team of 5 consultants with marketing’s, financial reports, benchmarking, and strategy meetings. Zach joined Brio in January 2017 as a Benefits Analyst, servicing Brio’s clients in a similar role. He works with financial projections, marketing’s, and claims analysis.
As the Director of HR Technology at Brio Benefits, Lisa Johnson specializes in providing HR technology expertise to our clients. Her area of focus is assisting our clients in the enhancement of their current technology or, if appropriate, matching them with the best technology solutions for their needs. Lisa provides support to our clients from the discovery phase through post implementation where needed. Ms. Johnson brings more than a decade of extensive experience to Brio Benefits in benefits, payroll, HRIS, and HR focusing on: staff management, sourcing and recruiting, on boarding, 401K administration, and implementation of HRIS systems.
Madeline is a proud Penn State graduate and holds a BS in Economics and minor in International Business. Prior to joining Brio, Madeline was an Associate at Mercer where she advised on renewal strategies, annual budgeting and compliance needs for private equity firms and their portfolio companies. She also has held account management and sales roles at PreferredOne, a regional medical carrier in Minnesota. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for a local NY animal shelter.