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Schaumburg, IL (February 7, 2013) - Assurance is pleased to welcome the addition of Joseph "Joe” Spallina to its growing employee benefits team. Spallina, who will serve as a Vice President at Assurance, brings over ten years of experience in the insurance industry. He maintains a special focus on financial analytics, compliance support and wellness programs for clients in a broad range of industries, including technology and professional services. Spallina considers himself an important part of each client's advisory team. Through this approach, he can engage each client's employees to the fullest and roll out creative plan design elements, funding arrangements and successful wellness programs.

Spallina earned a Bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and currently has a Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) designation. Prior to joining Assurance, he was a Senior Employee Benefits Specialist in the benefits operation of a large, national mutual company. While there, he effectively managed the health plans of over 80 firms.

With respect to the hiring of Spallina, Assurance President of Employee Benefits Liz Smith asserts that, "Joe has had great success over the last several years and makes a wonderful addition to our team.” She continued, "His strong sales focus and mentality towards benefits are completely aligned with our vision and culture here at Assurance.”