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Board of Advisors Biographies

GARY R. HELM

Mr. Helm provides Dividend Health expert advice related to national health and welfare matters and the affects of the ACA. As Director of Employee Benefit Innovation for Bearence Management Group, Mr. Helm is responsible for the development and implementation of employee benefit programs and services for Bearence clients. This includes services that assist clients comply with Health Care Reform and manage costs more effectively. In addition, Mr. Helm educates internal staff and clients through seminars on Health Care Reform and provides advice on health care financing alternatives. Currently, he is working on the development of two new health care platforms that will assist clients with compliance and provide health care and benefit cost savings.

Mr. Helm started with Bearence Management Group in January of 2005 as an Employee Benefit Consultant and Office Head for the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN office.  His other activities include sales and consulting with organizations concerning employee benefits, administration outsourcing, and human resource outsourcing, and retirement plan funding and services.   In addition, Mr. Helm has specialty expertise in the areas of voluntary benefits for large employers, multiple employer plan arrangements, and association/affinity organizations. 

Previously, Mr. Helm was at Mercer and Marsh McLennan as a Vice President and Employee Benefits Consultant for one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage firms at their Minneapolis office for 10 years.  In this previous position, Mr. Helm worked with a variety of organizations mainly in the midsize employer market consulting and advising employers concerning fully insured and self-funded health plan options, HMO/PPO/HSA comparison and plan design implementation, and employee benefit administration outsourcing. In addition, Mr. Helm worked with a number of associations/affinity, and multiple Employer plan groups concerning the development of health & employee benefit plan offerings to their membership.

Mr. Helm is a graduate of St. Cloud State of Minnesota with a B.A. degree.  He currently holds a health/life & accident license in the following states; Arizona, California, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, North Dakota, North Carolina, Missouri, Texas, Illinois, Virginia and Washington DC.  In addition, Mr. Helm has attained a MHP (Managing Healthcare Professional) designation from the Health Insurance Association of America.


HON. ANDREW L. WAMBSGANSS

Mr. Wambsganss provides Dividend Health legal advice. He serves as counsel for multiple domestic and international companies. Mr. Wambsganss is involved in domestic and international business transactions and litigation including among others: mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, oil/gas, governmental relations, public law issues, labor/employment disputes, commercial litigation and church/non-profit organization related transactions. Mr. Wambsganss is also a certified mediator.

Mr. Wambsganss’ has experience in the following areas including Federal Bureau of Investigation, Legal Counsel Division; Mayor of Southlake, Texas; Mayor Pro Tem, Southlake, Texas; City Council, Southlake, Texas; Judge, Southlake, Texas; and President, Southlake Crime Control & Prevention District.

Mr. Wambsganss’ Professional Admissions include: Member, State Bar of Texas; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of International Trade; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas; Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas.

Mr. Wambsganss various activities include: Member, Tarrant County Bar Association; Member, Tarrant County Bar Foundation; Member, Northeast Leadership Forum; Member, Tarrant County Mayors Forum; Member, Texas Municipal Courts Association; Board, United Way; and his education consists of: University of Texas--Arlington (B.A. with High Honors , 1988); University of Texas--Austin (J.D. 1991)


CURRIN M. NICHOL, M.D.

Dr. Nichol provides Dividend Health medical advice from an expert physician perspective. He served as medical director for numerous Hospital emergency room departments throughout his career. At North Ridge Medical Center he served on the Medical Executive Committee and as the Emergency Department Medical Director for 17 years, chairman of P&T for 6 years, and member of peer review for 8 years. Dr. Nichol also served on the Broward County Trauma Oversight Committee for 3 years and on the Trauma Services Quality Improvement Committee for 6 years. Additionally, Dr. Nichol owned the Emergency Room contracts for North Ridge Medical Center, Hollywood Medical Center, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, and Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He served as an Oral Board Examiner for the BCEM emergency medicine boards.

Dr. Nichol has held concurrent positions as E.R physician for Jupiter Hospital (Jupiter, FL); E.R. physician & Medical Director for North Ridge Medical Center (Fort Lauderdale, FL); E.R. physician & Medical Director Lee Memorial Hospital (Fort Meyers, FL); E.R. physician & Medical Director, Wuesthoff Medical Center (Melbourne, FL); E.R. physician, Wuesthoff (Rockledge, FL); E.R. physician & Medical Director, Jefferson Regional Medical Center (Pine Bluff, AR); Urgent Care physician, Owner of Medfast Urgent Care Centers; Medical Director for Oakland Park Fire Rescue; Medics Ambulance Services; Lifeguard Air Rescue; Air Ambulance Professionals

Dr. Nichol maintains the following Certifications and affiliations: Board Certified Family Practice, Board Certified Emergency Medicine, American Heart Association (Affiliate Faculty), Certified: Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pulmonary Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support. He is a member of: American Academy of Family Practice, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Association of Physician Specialists, Broward County Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, and American Heart Association. Dr. Nichol’s education consists of: University of Arkansas (B.A. in Zoology with Honors 1979); University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Center (M.D. 1983); University of Arkansas Medical Center – AHEC, Pine Bluff (Residency in Family Practice 1986).


ROBERT H. MERRILL, CPA

Mr. Merrill provides Dividend Health financial and tax advice. He specializes in tax and financial consulting services including mergers and acquisitions, and life and health insurance consulting. His past positions include President of America’s Insurance Consultants; President of American Business Management; President, CEO and Director of United Benefit Managed Care Corp.; CEO & Director of American Service Life Insurance Company; Vice President of Finance & Treasurer of Paul R. Ray & Co.; Partner of Crabtree, Merrill, Lotz, Carter & Co.; and Senior Supervisor at Weaver & Tidwell.

Mr. Merrill has expertise in management, financial and administrative matters concerning insurance agencies, associations, telemarketing and insurance companies. He has been instrumental in the process of forming several insurance companies, insurance agencies, enrollment centers, holding companies and subsidiaries. He also has experience in negotiating purchases of insurance company subsidiaries, led private placement with investment bankers, negotiates debt financing and was played a large part in growing United Benefit Managed Care Corp. revenues to $140 million. He also negotiated reinsurance transactions and the sale of its subsidiary. As a Partner in various accounting practices Mr. Merrill acted as head audit partner, conducted financial accounting seminars for other CPAs and participated in numerous merger and acquisition activities.

Mr. Merrill belongs to several professional and civic organizations including: American Institute of CPAs, Texas Society of CPAs, Fort Worth Chapter, Texas Society of CPAs, Past Chairman, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate, Board of Directors, Audit and Pension Committees, Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, Past Chairman, Board of Directors and Finance Committee, James L. West Alzheimer’s Center, Past Member, Board of Directors – Council for Affordable Health Insurance, YMCA, Rotary Club, Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, All Saints’ Episcopal Church Past Sr. Warden and Treasurer, Past Chairman, Board of Directors and Finance Committee, All Saints’ School, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Merrill is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Global Management Accountant and a licensed health insurance agent in multiple states. He holds a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas.


 

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