About Us

Our Team

Ashley Vaz

Operations & Compliance Manager

Chris Kenefick

Senior Benefits Consultant

Jaimy Fellin

Senior Benefits Consultant

Millie Gordon

Senior Account Manager

Laura Sweeney

Senior Account Manager

SGBICONS_ABOUT

About us

Strategic Group Benefits is a forward thinking, group benefits insurance agency providing employee benefit solutions and service to clients for over 20 years. SGB has been privately owned and operated by Jeffrey Alper.

SGBICONS_MISSION

Our mission

To help our clients attain the “best in class” employee benefits for their employees and dependents by exhibiting integrity, competency and professionalism in the marketing, sales, and servicing of their employee benefits offering.

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Our commitment

Helping clients make business decisions regarding employee benefit programs by combining the best insurance products with a high level of administrative support and value added services.

Providing

Quality benefits

Providing quality benefits and effectively managing costs involves more than simply offering access to health care providers. It means designing and updating your program through a process that includes a number of measures.

Offering employee benefits can provide your employees with the financial security they need while contributing to the success of your business.

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Understanding healthcare reform in a rapidly changing world

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Evaluating your strategy to ensure competitiveness in attracting and retaining employees at all skill levels

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Analyzing your plan using tools to assess effectiveness of plan design, costs, claim utilization and funding approaches

SGBICONS_REDUCECOST

Offering network choices that reduce healthcare costs and improve employee wellness, morale and productivity

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Keeping employees informed with a customized communication strategy that increases employee understanding and appreciation

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Remaining compliant by keeping informed of plan administration and legislative compliance changes

We’d love to work with you!

Jeffrey S. Alper

Principal
Education:
Graduate of Northeastern University
Bio:
Jeff co-founded Strategic Group Benefits in June 2002. He has served in many roles including, management, client relations and new sales. Jeff’s dedication to our organization has provided our clients with creative ideas and strategies that support the needs of their employee benefit goals. Jeff and his spouse Sarah reside in Fairfield, Connecticut with their two daughters Gabriella and Joselyn.
Guilty pleasure:
I love peanut butter and chocolate ice cream… with extra peanut butter sauce (I have no willpower)
Favorite windows-down song:
American Girl by Tom Petty
Favorite sports team:
Denver Broncos, going back to the John Elway days

Chris Kenefick

Senior Benefit Consultant
Education:
University of Connecticut, Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science
Bio:
Prior to joining Strategic Group Benefits in 2014, Chris worked for 14 years at United Healthcare holding leadership positions in Financial and Broker/Employer Operations. As a consultant, Chris focuses on all available cost containment strategies and solutions for SGB clients. His strong combination of carrier and broker experience, as well as genuine care for clients makes him an asset to the SGB team.
Joined us in:
2014
Favorite movie of all time:
Goodfellas (and anything Martin Scorsese)
Quote to live by:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts”

Jaimy Fellin

Senior Benefit Consultant
Education:
Bachelor in Healthcare Administration, Minor in Management, Franklin Pierce University Producer – Life, Accident, Health, Credit & Travel Insurance License
Joined us in:
2020
Favorite roadtrip taken:
Flew into Bozeman, MT and drove to Big Sky up to Kalispell. Drove around and camped in Glacier National Park. Stayed in Whitefish before my drive down to Bozeman. Hiked 60 miles in 8 days
Favorite childhood memory:
Expected to be in nosebleed seats, ended up receiving free front row tickets at the venue when seeing Elton John
Most spontaneous thing I’ve done:
Bought a one-way ticket to Steamboat Springs, CO. Stayed and worked there for a summer before returning back to school – returned back for a winter

Laura Sweeney

Senior Account Manager
Education:
University of Rhode Island, Bachelor Degree in Science, Consumer Affairs Connecticut Producer’s Life/Accident/Health Insurance License
Experience:
10+ years in the insurance industry
Favorite movie:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
My claim to fame:
Homemade cheesecake!
Dream vacation
Capri, Italy

Allan F. Alper

Principal
Bio:
Allan co-founded Strategic Group Benefits in June 2000. He has served in many roles including, management, client relations and sales in all size group cases. Allan serves on the Advisory Boards of Connecticut Business and Industry Association and and is a member of The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Allan’s expertise is in all size markets and his commitment to clients, allows us to provide innovative solutions and the highest level of professionalism that our clients have come to expect. Allan lives in Wellington, FL with his wife Helaine.

Millie Gordon

Senior Account Manager
Education:
Connecticut Producer’s Life/Accident/Health Insurance License
Joined us in:
2014
Quote to live by:
“Do what is right, not what is easy”

Ashley Vaz

Operations & Compliance Manager
Education:
Connecticut Producer’s Life/Accident/Health Insurance License Bachelor of Business Administration, Minor in Psychology, Western Connecticut State University
Bio:
Ashley has held multiple positions in our agency before her current position. She uses her knowledge from previous experience to help ensure internal processes are efficient and compliant. Prior to joining the agency, Ashley knew very little about insurance and now she is proud to say that she can ‘speak your ear off’ about it. Ashley currently resides in CT, with her husband, Steve and their dog, Joey, a Yorkshire Terrier.
Joined us in:
2017
I’m happiest when:
I’m traveling and exploring places I’ve never been to
Guilty pleasure:
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Favorite windows-down song:
Ride Wit Me – Nelly
Quote to live by:
“Make happiness a priority”