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Summit Professional Networks' Benefits Selling Magazine Announces 2014 Broker of the Year Finalists

Proudly Recognizing the Top Brokers in the Benefits Industry

CENTENNIAL, Colo., March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The finalists for the 2014 Benefits Selling Broker of the Year Award have been revealed. The annual Broker of the Year is the industry's most prestigious award and identifies brokers and consultants who have influenced the benefits industry in a positive way. Nominated by their industry peers, the Broker of the Year is truly the best of the best in the industry.  

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"I couldn't be more pleased with this year's group of finalists," said Denis Storey, Editor-In-Chief of Benefits Selling Magazine. "And, it's impressive - and encouraging - that at a time when brokers are supposed to be extinct, that we receive more nominations that ever before. Every single one of these brokers is thriving in a particularly challenging environment."

The finalists for this year's Broker of the Year are:

  • John Cerasani: Founder, Northwest Comprehensive, Chicago, Illinois
  • Ed Oravetz: President, Senior Benefits Consultant, VISICOR, Houston, Texas
  • Darrell Phillips: Owner, DPI Benefits, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Colin Smoak: Principal Consultant, McLaughlin Smoak & Clarke Benefits, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
  • Butch Zemar: Health Care Reform Consultant, Elite Benefits of America, Chicago, Illinois

The 2014 Broker of the Year winner will be announced Wednesday April 2, 2014 at the 10th Annual Benefits Selling Expo in Colorado Springs, CO. To learn more about this year's finalists, please visit

About Benefits Selling Magazine
Benefits Selling is the authority for brokers and agents selling group and voluntary employee benefit products. As the industry leader, the editorial mission of Benefits Selling is to cut through the fluff and provide brokers with the best sales strategies, reveal upcoming trends and analyze the latest research in order to be the most successful, customer-based brokers in the business. Our goal is to provide the most practical sales-focused information for benefits brokers and agents to help them act as an invaluable resource for their clients. We strive to be the leading resource in the benefits market by delivering exclusive real world sales tactics, news and information through our magazine & Website and by bringing brokers together with other market players on and at Benefits Selling Expo.

About Summit Professional Networks
Summit Professional Networks supports the growth and vitality of the insurance, financial services and legal communities by arming professionals with the knowledge and education they need to succeed at every stage of their careers. We provide face-to-face and digital events, websites, mobile sites and apps, online information services, and magazines giving professionals multi-platform access to our critical resources, including Professional Development; Education & Certification; Prospecting & Data Tools; Industry News & Analysis; Reference Tools and Services; and Community Networking Opportunities.

Using all of our resources across each community we serve, we deliver measurable ROI for our sponsors through a range of turnkey services, including Research, Content Development, Integrated Media, Creative & Design, and Lead Generation.

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Denis Storey
Editor-In-Chief, Benefits Selling
Summit Professional Networks
[email protected]

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