The Bottom Line: Controlling the Rising Costs of Benefits

Thursday | 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Michael A. Brillati, Founder/CEO Salus Group, Member of LEVERAGE Benefits Group
Bridget E. Fazzolara, EVP/CSO Salus Group, Member of LEVERAGE Benefits Group
Del Lago 1-2, Lower Level

Over the past decade, employee contributions have increased by 240% while deductibles have out-paced cost growth by doubling the average PPO deductible for individual, in-network coverage. How does a credit union control benefit costs where it seems there is very little “control”? Join Michael Brillati and Bridget Fazzolara in this informative session, discussing the current climate and what tools can be used for credit union healthcare sustainability in the future. They’ll share their insight on methodology, technology and culture shifts that can change the game for credit unions of all sizes.

About the speakers:

Prior to forming Salus Group, a successful group benefits CUSO, Michael Brillati worked at a large insurance agency as a broker managing various association programs making up over 20,000 lives as well as credit union clients. With over 20 years of benefits expertise, Michael was named as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was also named as one of 8 honorees for the Midwest Region’s Business Insurance 40 Under 40 Award. As the CEO of Salus Group, the agency has grown from 5 clients to over 400 clients nationwide with over 200 credit union clients. Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Detroit Mercy and also studied abroad at the University of Oxford, UK. Michael enjoys his free time with his wife, Julie, and 3 sons.

With over 20 years in Operations Management Experience/15 years in Group Benefits, Bridget Fazzolara has spent much of her time at Salus Group managing the operations and overseeing various new business/strategic initiatives as well as acquisition integration. The latest of which, is a partnership between LEVERAGE and Salus Group – LEVERAGE Benefits Group.  Previous experience:  Managed the North American Operations for a Global IT Staffing Firm which grew from 3 employees to over 1600 employees during her tenure.  Bridget also worked as an Independent Agent, ISO 9000 Consultant and QS9000 DCC for a Tier 1 Automotive supplier to Chrysler prior to joining Salus Group.  She graduated with honors from Oakland University.  Bridget enjoys her time outside of the office with her husband and two children.