Gallagher Broker Jeff Ries Recognized as a 2019 Employee Benefits Power Broker
Jeff Ries, Area Vice President, Gallagher
When two health systems in the southeast merged, Gallagher’s Jeff Ries helped them integrate both sets of 15,000 employees on to one platform. His expert negotiating skills with vendors led to $10 million in savings.
“Jeff delivers on his promises. If he tells you he’s going to do something, he follows through,” said the organization’s manager of employee benefits. “When we get frustrated or anxious he is quick to provide support and reassurance. I cannot imagine ever working with another broker.”
Andrew Halsey, chief human resources officer at HAECO, an independent aircraft engineering and maintenance group, said Ries is constantly delivering innovative ideas to HAECO.
He’s also been integral in helping the company comply with strict government regulations for companies that deal with the military. “He’s the best broker I ever worked with,” said Halsey.
Yet another client, in charge of benefits at a large university, said Ries “saved us millions” over the years. She said Ries has the unique ability to talk in great analytical detail with benefits experts and also explain things simply to laymen. If that weren’t enough, Ries is one of the most hard-working professionals she’s come across in her career.
“We send late-night emails. He does a great job of making sure that the questions we have are answered and our deliverables and deadlines are met,” the client said.
“I don’t know when he sleeps,” she added.
A Risk & Insurance Power Broker® is an individual who stands out among their peers for the exceptional client work they delivered over the past year. While brokers play many key roles in the insurance industry and risk profession, a Power Broker® award recognizes problem solving, customer service and industry knowledge.
Our goal is to broadly recognize and promote outstanding risk management and customer service among the brokerage community.
Who selects the winners?
Power Brokers are selected by Risk Managers based on the strength of the testimonials they provide to a team of 15 Risk & Insurance editors and writers.