Chicago, IL, March 12, 2018 –(– The employee benefits industry has been on a roller coaster ride of disruption. Climbing costs and health reform uncertainty create a wild ride. Employers depend on their employee benefits brokers to keep them on track.

The thirteenth year for the Risk & Insurance® Power Broker® awards proved lucky for HUB International. Senior vice presidents, Eric Barthel and Matthew Creighton, are among 12 Power Broker® winners named in the Employee Benefits category. Risk & Insurance® also recognized HUB senior vice president, Randy Rider, as a finalist in this prestigious award.

“What makes the Power Broker® award particularly gratifying,” said Linda Keller, national chief operating officer of employee benefits, HUB International, “is it’s based on the strength of client testimonial. We thank Eric, Matt, and Randy, who epitomize the expanded role of today’s broker as a strategic partner in our clients’ success.”

Eric Barthel learned employee benefits from the ground up. Starting his career as an insurance claims processor, Barthel quickly advanced to service and sales management positions. That hands-on experience was invaluable when he transitioned to his broker/consultant role. Barthel helps clients discover the value of investing in health care. Clients appreciate how Barthel changed their view from just “…buying health insurance,” to now “buying health care.”

Problem-solving is like a leap off the high dive. Matt Creighton’s clients admire how he dives right in, even if that means a complete makeover of one nonprofit’s health plan. With over 20 years of experience, Creighton has worked on both the carrier and the brokerage side. But, it is his ability to adjust to each client’s needs that have clients saying, “Matt Creighton understands us.”

Mergers and acquisitions hit nearly every industry. Developing the best employee benefits program amid so much chaos is extremely challenging. One of Randy Rider’s clients faced such a challenge. Rider’s 15-year experience in employee benefits, specializing in cost management, compliance, and communication meant he was up for the challenge. Rider helped design an attractive benefits portfolio that also generated over $1.9 million in annual cost savings.

HUB International congratulates Eric Barthel, Matthew Creighton, and Randy Rider. We thank Risk and Insurance® for their ongoing dedication to promoting the risk management and commercial insurance industry.

About Risk & Insurance® Power Broker®
The Risk & Insurance® Power Broker® Awards are an annual selection of the most effective and influential commercial insurance brokers. The Power Broker® designation is based on nominations provided by brokers and risk managers, and is judged based on the quality of the application and on references by risk managers in each industry sector. Hundreds of risk managers and risk executives are interviewed in the process of identifying and soliciting, evaluating and judging the nominees. Brokers are judged primarily on their creativity in solving risk-related problems during the previous year, their demonstrated industry knowledge and their high level of client service.

About Hub International
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Hub International Limited is a leading global insurance brokerage that provides property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services from offices located throughout North America. For more information, please visit

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