History

In the fall of 1986, Michael J. Baker, then Assistant Dean at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law with responsibility for continuing legal education, was eager to expand the law school’s CLE offerings. Mike shared the idea for establishing an annual employee benefits symposium with John Utz at the Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne law firm. John, in turn, met with Tom Graves (Morrison, Hecker, Curtis, Kuder & Parrish), Al Martin (Shook, Hardy & Bacon), and Myron Sildon (Sildon and Kroeker), at the Kansas City Club to plot the future of what became The Employee Benefits Institute. Following their initial meeting, they expanded their group to form a steering committee comprising Eric DeFrain (DeFrain Mayer, Inc.), Chuck Johnson (Butler Manufacturing Company), Jerry Kenefake (Hallmark Cards, Inc.), Bob Reiter (United Missouri Bank of Kansas City, n.a.), and Charlie Schutte (PriceWaterhouse). The first program was held on Friday, June 5, 1987, at the Hyatt Regency. Approximately 120 individuals attended. Later EBI added additional workshops and events, expanding geographically as well as expanding in services to the benefits community.

 

2020, John Utz

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2019, Troy Redstone

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2018, Tom Delaney

Epiq Systems

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2017, Becky Cogdill

Willis Towers Watson

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2016, Tammy Leslie

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2015, Michelle Kelly

Kansas City Southern

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2014, Bob Latz

Brown & Ruprecht

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2013, Cindy Dwyer

MHM Retirement Solutions

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2012, Phil McKnight

Stinson

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2011, Rob Browning

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2010, Mark Herman

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2009, Craig Kovarik

Husch Blackwell

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2008, Alisa Ford

KU Med

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2007, Ken Mason

Spencer Fane

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2006, Bob Fischgrund

CBIZ

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2005, Karen Daugherty

Aon

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2004, Jerry Karlin

Deloitte

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2003, Jenny Meegan

Black & Veatch

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2002, Janet Thompson

DeFrain Mayer Palmer Cay

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2001, Bill Dickerson

Baird Kurtz & Dobson

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2000, David McMurray

Shughart Thomson & Kilroy

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1999, Tresia Franklin

Hallmark

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1998, RJ North

North & Associates

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1997, Ronda Philpott

Arthur Anderson

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1996, Ann Poehler

Sprint

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1995, Mark Welker

Blackwell Sanders

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1994, Dave Ackerman

Towers Perrin

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1993, Tom Brous

Watson Ess Marshall & Enggas

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1992, Joan R. Ruff

Mercer

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1991, Al Martin

Shook Hardy & Bacon

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1990, Myron Sildon

Sildon & Kroeker

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1989, Bob Reiter

United Missouri Bank

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1988, Tom Graves

Morrison Hecker

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1987, John Utz

Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne

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