Group Benefits Associate, Dalhousie University
At Benchmark Benefit Solutions, Gisela Carere wears many hats and she wouldn’t have it any other way. An organized multi-tasker, Gisela thrives on the challenge of designing group benefit programs that are both affordable and sustainable while providing a level of service that her clients routinely describe as "above and beyond". When it comes to getting things done, clients know they can count on her. Relationships are what matters to Gisela and she ensures the interests of her clients and their employees are always looked after. As President and Managing Partner, she works directly with clients to develop and maintain group benefit plans that further their organizational goals. With insight into how experience affects pricing, Gisela will pro-actively outline strategies for containing benefit costs at renewal. And thanks to long-established connections with the major carriers, she can negotiate the best possible price on behalf of clients and advocate for their employees. Gisela developed her in-depth knowledge of group benefits and honed her professional skills through more than 20 years of industry experience in areas as varied as group underwriting, benefit plan analysis, sales, training and benefit plan communications. She keeps her knowledge current through ongoing education as part of the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) program. And when she is not looking after her clients, Gisela, along with her husband Adam, is taking care of their school-age children, Vanessa and Luca, traveling and enjoying family life.