About EBI

The Employee Benefits Institute is a non-profit organization with a rich history of more than three decades of providing continuing education, resources and support for the employee benefits community.

The EBI story

In the fall of 1986, Michael J. Baker, then Assistant Dean at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law with responsibility for continuing legal education, was eager to expand the law school’s CLE offerings. Mike shared the idea for establishing an annual employee benefits symposium with John Utz at the Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne law firm. John, in turn, met with Tom Graves (Morrison, Hecker, Curtis, Kuder & Parrish), Al Martin (Shook, Hardy & Bacon), and Myron Sildon (Sildon and Kroeker), at the Kansas City Club to plot the future of what became The Employee Benefits Institute.

Following their initial meeting, they expanded their group to form a steering committee comprising Eric DeFrain (DeFrain Mayer, Inc.), Chuck Johnson (Butler Manufacturing Company), Jerry Kenefake (Hallmark Cards, Inc.), Bob Reiter (United Missouri Bank of Kansas City, n.a.), and Charlie Schutte (PriceWaterhouse).

The first program was held on Friday, June 5, 1987, at the Hyatt Regency. Approximately 120 individuals attended. Later EBI added additional workshops and events, expanding geographically as well as expanding in services to the benefits community.

2022, Jim North, Jr.

The Todd Organization
Consultant College

2021, Colleen Meurer

Utz & Lattan
Legal College

2020, John Utz

Utz & Lattan
Legal College

2019, Troy Redstone

PHD. Retirement Consulting
Consultant College

2020, John Utz

Utz & Lattan
Legal College

2016, Tammy Leslie

Saint Luke’s
Plan Sponsor College

2012, Phil McKnight

Stinson
Legal College

2008, Alisa Ford

KU Med
Plan Sponsor College

2004, Jerry Karlin

Deloitte
Consultant College

2000, David McMurray

Shughart Thomson & Kilroy
Legal College

1996, Ann Poehler

Sprint
Plan Sponsor College

1992, Joan R. Ruff

Mercer
Consultant College

1988, Tom Graves

Morrison Hecker
Legal College

2019, Troy Redstone

PHD. Retirement Consulting
Consultant College

2015, Michelle Kelly

Kansas City Southern
Plan Sponsor College

2011, Rob Browning

Spencer Fane
Legal College

2007, Ken Mason

Spencer Fane
Legal College

2003, Jenny Meegan

Black & Veatch
Plan Sponsor College

1995, Mark Welker

Blackwell Sanders
Legal College

1995, Mark Welker

Blackwell Sanders
Legal College

1991, Al Martin

Shook Hardy & Bacon
Legal College

1987, John Utz

Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne
Legal College

2018, Tom Delaney

Epiq Systems
Plan Sponsor College

2014, Bob Latz

Brown & Ruprecht
Legal College

2010, Mark Herman

Sprint
Plan Sponsor College

2006, Bob Fischgrund

CBIZ
Consultant College

2002, Janet Thompson

DeFrain Mayer Palmer Cay
Consultant College

1998, RJ North

North & Associates
Consultant College

1994, Dave Ackerman

Towers Perrin
Consultant College

1990, Myron Sildon

Sildon & Kroeker
Legal College

2017, Becky Cogdill

Willis Towers Watson
Consultant College

2013, Cindy Dwyer

MHM Retirement Solutions
Consultant College

2009, Craig Kovarik

Husch Blackwell
Legal College

2005, Karen Daugherty

Aon
Consultant College

2001, Bill Dickerson

Baird Kurtz & Dobson
Consultant College

1997, Ronda Philpott

Arthur Anderson
Consultant College

1993, Tom Brous

Watson Ess Marshall & Enggas
Legal College

1989, Bob Reiter

United Missouri Bank
Consultant College

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EBI Board Members

Ms. Colleen Meurer

Hallmark Cards, Incorporated | 

Mr. Thomas Delaney

Sunflower Neonatology Associates | 

Ms. Becky Cogdill

Willis Towers Watson | 

Mr. John Utz

Utz & Lattan, LLC | 

Mr. Troy L. Redstone, CPFA® CBFA®

PHD. Retirement Consulting | 

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From the very beginning,

EBI has incorporated professionals with expertise in labor and employment law as well as the practitioners who actually work with the employee benefits at their particular company. By incorporating both attorneys who specialize in ERISA as well as the company executives and HR personnel impacted by the provisions of ERISA, the group has maintained the balance between academia and practical application allowing them to become the premier resource for employee benefits in the Midwest.

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Working together

What started through the UMKC CLE program has expanded to work with other law schools throughout the area, including Creighton University and Drake University. With regional workshops held in Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma and throughout Kansas and Missouri, the focus is truly regional in scope.

EBI Board Members

Ms. Colleen Meurer

Hallmark Cards, Incorporated | 

Mr. Thomas Delaney

Sunflower Neonatology Associates | 

Ms. Becky Cogdill

Willis Towers Watson | 

Mr. John Utz

Utz & Lattan, LLC | 

Mr. Troy L. Redstone, CPFA® CBFA®

PHD. Retirement Consulting | 

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From the very beginning,

EBI has incorporated professionals with expertise in labor and employment law as well as the practitioners who actually work with the employee benefits at their particular company. By incorporating both attorneys who specialize in ERISA as well as the company executives and HR personnel impacted by the provisions of ERISA, the group has maintained the balance between academia and practical application allowing them to become the premier resource for employee benefits in the Midwest.

^

Working together

What started through the UMKC CLE program has expanded to work with other law schools throughout the area, including Creighton University and Drake University. With regional workshops held in Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma and throughout Kansas and Missouri, the focus is truly regional in scope.

EBI Steering Committee

Legal College

Consultant College

Plan Sponsor College

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