This quarterly series highlights organizations and businesses that engage in activities which promote economic development within our region. Topics vary from workforce development, business attraction to economic growth and the creative industries.

February Topic:

Presentation Title: Self-Funding Our Benefit Plan:  Is It Right for Us?

What are the benefits to moving to a self-funded employee benefit platform? What new tools are available with a self-funded platform? How do you go about moving towards self-funding and how taking control of your benefits spend can save you thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars per year? Kristopher F. Powell, CLU, LIC – President/CEO of HRPro/BenePro will discuss the answers to these questions and more.

Speaker Biography:
Leader, Innovator, Golf Nut. These are the words that best describe Kris Powell, CEO of HRPro/BenePro (but not necessarily in that order!). Kris founded BenePro and AdminPro in 1990, sensing an ever-growing need on the part of employers to take better care of their employees in an economical manner. Realizing that need was evolving and changing, he changed the name of AdminPro to HRPro in 2012 to recognize the company’s growing practice in human resources consulting and services.

Kris is driven by the desire to help employers take better care of their employees. As a believer in “practice what your preach” he has also built HRPro/BenePro into a great place to work that has won numerous awards, including being in the top 10 “Crain’s Coolest Places to Work” in Michigan for the last two years.

A native Detroiter and graduate of Oakland University, Kris has been involved in many community activities. These include serving on the boards of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, The MedHealth Foundation, Red Run Golf Club, Notre Dame Prep, United Benefit Advisors and currently, Automation Alley. He lives in Troy with his wife, 2 cats and a dog.