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Clair Volk, owner and partner at Volk GBS, has worked in insurance industry since 1983, launching Volk & Associates in 1987. Under his leadership, Volk GBS has grown into a prominent consulting firm that focuses on using technology and innovation as solutions for employers. Volk GBS was named a 2015 and 2016 Best Companies to Work for in Colorado, and was also named to the 2015 Mercury 100 list. Clair is an active member the National Association of Health Underwriters, and he attended North Dakota State. He is a licensed consultant in Health and Life insurance.
Cindy KirkDirector of Operations
Director of Operations
Cindy Kirk joined Volk GBS in 2005. She began working in an administrative position, and she is currently the Chief Operating Officer. Cindy oversees the day to day operations of Volk GBS, managing all staff. Cindy has over 12 years in the insurance industry, and prior to joining the Volk GBS team, Cindy worked in the banking industry in various operations roles, managing all administrative responsibilities for a company of 150 employees.
Ross Volk joined Volk GBS as our on-site compliance attorney in the spring of 2012. Prior to Volk GBS, he was an associate attorney for a national law firm in Denver, CO. Ross has over 10 years of experience providing legal advices to businesses, with a focus on employer health and welfare benefit compliance with the ACA, ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, Section 125, FMLA, and other legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level. Ross holds a Juris Doctor from the Duke University School of Law.
Dan McKean is a broker with GBS Benefits. In his role, Dan assists clients with benefit design, education, and negotiation. Prior to joining GBS Benefits in 2009, Dan was employed with Humana as a Small Group Sales Executive. His strong carrier background is advantageous as he helps clients understand what is available in the marketplace and negotiates with carriers on their behalf. Dan attended San Diego State University where he studied Business Administration and Management. He is licensed in Health, Life and Disability insurance.
Elizabeth Fineberg joined the Volk GBS team as a Broker in 2017. She has been in the insurance industry since 1999, previously working as an Independent Insurance Agent with Aflac. Elizabeth worked as a part of the Broker Development team in Colorado, and as a specialized Worksite Benefit Specialist with Volk GBS clients since 2003. She thrives on helping clients find ways to enhance their overall benefit packages while providing a consultative approach to sales. Elizabeth is a licensed consultant in both Health and Life insurance.
Laura PeiferSenior Broker
Laura Peifer has nearly 30 years of healthcare industry experience and joined the GBS Benefits team as an employee benefits broker in 2011. Formerly with Wise Provider Networks (WPN) as a Principal Consultant, she handled the negotiation, contracting, and management of custom healthcare networks. In her specialized role she worked with many high-profile and Fortune 500 companies.
At GBS Benefits, Laura works with small employers as well as large corporate clients headquartered throughout Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. Laura has experience with both fully-insured and self-funded arrangements. Laura’s clients appreciate her strategic approach which is centered on developing cost-saving strategies. She has partnered with the Associated Builders & Contractors of Utah to create an exclusive pool for small businesses looking to avoid community rating.
Laura has been a repeat recipient of the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Award recognizing the top 10 insurance brokers within the nationwide Leavitt Group organization. Within the community, Laura serves with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Salt Lake and founded the Kids Eat! program at the Club providing meals to children and families at home and after school. Laura earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah and is licensed in Health, Life, and Disability Insurance.
Matt Evelyn has over nine years of health insurance industry experience. He is currently the Vice President of Employee Benefits, managing Volk GBS’s large group accounts. Matt received his Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Florida. Matt began his career working in analytics for Gallagher before moving onto Cigna Healthcare. He spent seven years at Cigna as a New Business Manager educating employers on medical products, mainly focusing on self-funding. Matt is a licensed consultant in Health and Life insurance.
Michael Juergens has over three years of experience in the insurance industry, joining the Volk GBS team in 2017. Over the last seven years, Michael has helped Colorado business create new efficiencies, control operating costs, and create bottom-line improvements. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with his Bachelor’s degree. Michael is a licensed consultant in Health and Life insurance.
Tina RameyBusiness Development
Tina Ramey joined Volk GBS in September of 2011. Prior to joining the firm as Vice President of Business Development, Tina served as the District Sales Manager at PayChoice, working to help businesses find solutions to deliver sustainable benefits by connecting employees and work practices. Tina has over 12 years in the insurance industry, working to manage and develop teams. She works strategically with a company’s leadership team helping to drive their goals and initiatives, leveraging all of the different resources, divisions, and products to help clients build their businesses. Tina obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she is a licensed consultant in Health and Life insurance.
Kaye PyleSenior Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
Kaye Pyle joined Volk GBS in 1994. She brings 23 years of experience in the employee benefits industry to the team. Kaye began her career working in administration, and is currently the Account Manager for our large group clients. Kaye supports clients by assisting with benefit education, renewals, and day-to-day questions. She is PPACCA certified, and is licensed in both Health and Life insurance.
Connie RankinClient Manager
Connie Rankin has over 20 years of employee benefits experience. She joined Volk GBS in 2000 specializing in client support. Prior to joining the Volk GBS team, Connie began her career in property and casualty insurance. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Connie is licensed in Health and Life Insurance.
Joe MarcotteClient Manager
Joe Marcotte joined Volk GBS in 2016 as an Employee Benefits Consultant. Prior to Volk GBS, Joe served in the United States Navy primarily stationed in Japan. He then joined the Aflac sales team in 2011. During that time, Joe worked on many different Aflac teams to help grow the Aflac brand, and he grew his Aflac business to be in the top 10 sales associates in the state for many years. Joe thrives on helping businesses find better ways to achieve their goals and creating trust with his groups. He is licensed in Health and Life insurance.
Lindsay ParksClient Manager
Lindsay Parks joined the Volk GBS team in 2017 specializing in client support. Prior to working at Volk GBS, Lindsay has worked in small and large group health and life insurance for the past six years. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado.
Mary TracyClient Manager
Mary Tracy joined Volk GBS in 2016 as an Employee Benefits Broker. Before joining the Volk GBS team, Mary worked as a Compensation Benefits Manager for a multi-national company. Mary received her Bachelor degree from Augusta University and obtained her Masters of Business from Regis University. Mary is a licensed consultant in both Health and Life insurance.
Shirani GibsonClient Manager
Shirani Gibson joined the Volk GBS team in 2015 with over 16 years of experience working in the insurance industry. Shirani began her career working with both the individual and small group insurance markets, and she now specializes in client support for all sized groups. Shirani is a licensed consultant in Health insurance.
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