NAHU completely reorganizes leadership

Following NAHU’s summer meeting, the trade group is announcing its new leadership council, including a new president.

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The National Association of Health Underwriters Board of Trustees has reorganized. Following the group’s Annual Convention and Exhibition in Scottsdale, Ariz. earlier this month, NAHU announced a new president, president-elect, vice president, treasurer and secretary, along with several regional presidents.

At the helm of the operation is Ryan Thorn, president of Ryan P. Thorn Insurance Planning, who will be filling the role of president. Thorn is known for his work in the legislative realm of the health insurance industry, testifying before the House Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology regarding the impact of ACA regulations on small businesses.

Thorn has been a member of NAHU since 1993 and has previously served as chair of the group’s Education Foundation.

"Ryan has been a strong voice to support affordable healthcare legislation and to make sure that policymakers protect American families and businesses as we move forward with ACA implementation," said Janet Trautwein, NAHU CEO. "He is devoted to using his knowledge and passion to make sure health insurance agents have the information they need to best serve their clients."

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Thorn signaled health reform will be a significant part of his tenure as president, including helping both agents and clients understand their new requirements.

"The members of NAHU are in a unique position to help people from across the country to understand this new healthcare law," Thorn said. "This is a very complex and confusing time to many, and our members have the experience and knowledge to help people through this process. While the law may not go away, we are positioned well to provide the guidance and counsel people are looking for."

Don Goldmann, vice president of Word & Brown General Agency, was named as president-elect, while Jim Stenger (NAS Financial Services) will fill the role of vice president. Other appointments include Mike Embry (Comprehensive Benefits, Inc.) as named secretary and Johnny Dawkins (Ebenconcepts) as treasurer.

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