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Empyrean Benefit Solutions Announces New Executive Chairman

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

HOUSTON, TEXAS – March 29, 2018 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, today announced that Tom Zajac has joined the Empyrean Board of Directors as its Executive Chairman. Mr. Zajac brings extensive operational experience and guidance to the business as Empyrean continues its record pace of year-over-year growth, and expands on its mission of “connecting benefits to enrich lives.”

“We are excited to welcome Tom to the Empyrean board, at a time of both continued strong growth and great market opportunity,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean’s CEO and co-founder. “Today, Empyrean empowers employers and HR leaders to better serve their employees, and our market leading technology enables them to plan, procure, and deliver benefits while optimizing their costs and operations. We look forward to leveraging Tom’s deep operational and growth expertise as we continue to expand our customer partnerships, market impact, and solution delivery.”

Mr. Zajac brings more than 30 years of industry insight and experience managing public and private high growth healthcare companies, focused on transforming clinical, financial, and operational performance through technology and service solutions. He recently retired as the CEO of Population Health for Philips N.V, a global leader in health and consumer technology, and previously served as President and CEO of Wellcentive, Chief Customer Officer of Elsevier Health, President and CEO of Elsevier|MEDai, and President and CEO of CareScience.

“Empyrean has an incredible ten year foundation of proven success, driven by market leading solutions and great customer partnerships,” said Zajac. “Employers are laser focused on providing their employees with benefits that are understandable, accessible and highly valued, while managing against ever increasing costs. The strength of Empyrean’s great team, our highly adaptive technology, and our vision for driving comprehensive and impactful solutions, creates the opportunity to be their partner of choice in delivering on that vision.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions manages employee health and welfare benefits programs, combining the industry’s most modern, client-adaptive, and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration. Empyrean provides market-leading enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services that empower employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges to meet ever-evolving benefit challenges. Founded in 2006, Empyrean’s integrated platform serves over three million annual participants across a wide spectrum of sizes, industries, and complexities. For more information, please visit www.GoEmpyrean.com.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary with Another Consecutive Year of Record Growth

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

HOUSTON, TEXAS – March 22, 2018 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, today announced that 2017 brought another year of record revenues for the business, while also marking the company’s 10-year anniversary. Empyrean continued to exceed its business targets in 2017, including the addition of a record number of clients to the Empryean Platform, and once again maintained its annual trend of larger-than-expected growth. Empyrean’s newest clients include leaders in the manufacturing, luxury, retail, business services, utilities, and oil and gas industries.

“2017 was a record year for our team, and strengthened our operational and customer service capabilities with high satisfaction and results,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean’s co-founder and CEO. “Adding to our success, we also overcame one of the worst natural disasters to hit the Houston area – even during the height of our busy implementation season. The Empyrean team came together to maintain full operations and ensure new client go-lives and Annual Enrollment initiatives stayed on track, demonstrating the exceptional resiliency of our entire organization as a whole.”

Tropical Storm Harvey landed in late August, just as companies nationwide were preparing to carry out their Annual Enrollment (AE) period over the fall and winter months. AE is a crucial time for many HR teams tasked with guiding employees to enroll in benefits, such as health coverage.

Empyrean maintained full service and efficiency in the face of the unprecedented natural disaster, thanks to the company’s robust technology infrastructure, cohesive teams, and strong business continuity plans. As part of the plans, Empyrean leveraged support from its two full-service offices in La Vergne, Tennessee, near Nashville, and Minneapolis. Clients praised the dedication and professionalism demonstrated by the technology firm both during and after the storm.

“While Harvey tested our business continuity processes, we rallied together as one and delivered for our clients and the participants that depend on us,” said Empyrean Chief Operating Officer Colleen Waymel. “It showed that Empyrean can withstand even the most sudden and challenging of events and still deliver to our clients as promised. That’s an accomplishment unlike any other in our industry.”

“Clients are still reaching out to compliment the seamless service they received from our entire team,” Wolfe continued. “This was a test of how well Empyrean’s people, processes, and technology brought peace of mind to our clients, while we managed the unexpected variables that Harvey brought. This is the company DNA we’ve created over our ten years. We are extremely proud of our team and what we have achieved for our clients.”

Empyrean’s core benefits enrollment and management product, the Empryean Platform, continues to satisfy the individual and business needs of HR professionals, employees, and their companies. Empyrean’s product vision encompasses providing meaningful benefits resources and recommendations, helping participants better understand both the short and long term impacts of their benefits decisions, and giving businesses a more transparent view of their bottom-line impact.

This vision resonates strongly with companies as they increasingly adopt more consumer-driven strategies and require a modern benefits technology solution to meet their goals. With Empyrean, the employee benefits experience is broader and more engaging, and enables employers to more effectively address the wellbeing of their workforce.

“While we celebrate our tenth anniversary of delivering impactful benefits technology, we are also immensely appreciative of the entire Empyrean team for helping reach a record number of client additions last year,” Wolfe continued.” 2017 taught us that by working together as one team, despite any challenge, we are resilient and can deliver the vital products and implementation services clients need during their most mission-critical moments of the year – no matter what. As we move into the second quarter of 2018, we at Empyrean look forward to continuing to provide an exceptional employer and employee experience without compromise.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions manages employee health and welfare benefits programs, combining the industry’s most modern, client-adaptive, and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration. Empyrean provides market-leading enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services that empower employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges to meet ever-evolving benefit challenges. Founded in 2006, Empyrean’s integrated platform serves over three million annual participants across a wide spectrum of sizes, industries, and complexities. For more information, please visit www.GoEmpyrean.com.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions and HSA Bank Partner to Streamline Consumer Benefits Experiences

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

HOUSTON, TEXAS – March 15, 2018 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, announced today a partnership with HSA Bank, the Wisconsin-based bank that provides an array of consumer-directed health (CDH) accounts, such as Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs).

Health accounts provided by HSA Bank will be securely accessible via Empyrean’s SaaS benefits administration and enrollment platform. Employees will have convenient, single sign on (SSO) access from the Empyrean benefits portal to their HSA Bank accounts and can view their account balance information directly within the benefits portal.

“HSAs are becoming an increasingly popular tool to help employees develop financial confidence and peace-of-mind with their health coverage and benefits package as a whole,” said Richard Wolfe, CEO and co-founder of Empyrean. “By directly integrating with HSA Bank, Empyrean users can connect to their benefits and accounts with easier, one-stop access. This partnership gives employers and employees the best of both worlds – a best-in-class benefits administration technology platform along with one of the nation’s leading HSA administrators.”

“HSA Bank’s integration with Empyrean will bring members one step closer to owning their health,” said Kevin Robertson, Chief Revenue Officer of HSA Bank. “By combining health and financial information in one location, members will have an optimized experience and be better prepared to make informed healthcare decisions.”

“HSA Bank is one of the first and largest providers of Health Savings Accounts,” said Wolfe. “Their programs and technology solutions are comprehensive, and match Empyrean’s long term vision of connecting benefits to enrich the lives of employees, give HR professionals more control over their day-to-day work, and provide companies with analysis and predictability in one of their biggest costs.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions manages employee health and welfare benefits programs, combining the industry’s most modern, client-adaptive, and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration. Empyrean provides market-leading enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services that empower employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges to meet ever-evolving benefit challenges. Founded in 2006, Empyrean’s integrated platform serves over three million annual participants across a wide spectrum of sizes, industries, and complexities. For more information, please visit www.GoEmpyrean.com.

About HSA Bank
HSA Bank is a trusted leader in consumer-directed healthcare (CDH), focusing on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for over two decades and serving as both the bank and administrator. Discover how we can support your benefits strategy with our comprehensive account-based health benefit solutions that include HSAs, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), and Commuter Benefits. With a reputation for outstanding service and thought leadership in the CDH space, we offer one platform and one portal for all of our members. HSA Bank inspires nearly 2.5 million members and more than 35,000 employer groups to own their health by making it easy to access, understand, and afford healthcare. As of December 31, 2017, HSA Bank had $6.3 billion in total footings comprising $5 billion in deposit balances and $1.3 billion in assets under administration through linked investment accounts. HSA Bank is a division of Webster Bank, N.A., Member FDIC. For more information, please visit www.HSABank.com.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions and KrowdFit Partner for Enhanced Wellness Rewards Program Accessibility

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

HOUSTON, TEXAS – January 23, 2018 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, announced today a partnership with KrowdFit, Inc., the Bend, Oregon-based wellness company that encourages, recognizes, and rewards effort for healthy, active lifestyles. KrowdFit will be accessible via Empyrean’s SaaS benefits administration and enrollment platform. The partnership continues Empyrean’s mission to deliver solutions that strengthen year-round employee engagement.

“We’re excited about the capabilities that our partnership with KrowdFit provides to employers and employees,” said Richard Wolfe, CEO and co-founder of Empyrean. “Empyrean is teaming up with companies like KrowdFit to make it easier for our clients to offer smart, effective, and engaging ways to increase employees’ overall wellbeing through healthy fitness and lifestyle choices. This new partnership enables employers to remain talent competitive, improve participants’ lives, and achieve their employee engagement goals.”

“Our goal is to create a healthy revolution and partnering with a recognized industry leader like Empyrean allows us to deliver great customer value via a 1+1=3 integrated benefit solution,” said Jim Miller, founder & CEO of KrowdFit. “Empyrean’s Hi-Touch focus on delivering modern, innovative solutions fits perfectly with our vision and together we can provide best-in-class, high value products to the marketplace.”

Wellness is increasingly becoming a major part of employers’ benefits mix, but implementation and engagement can be stumbling blocks for success. The Empyrean/KrowdFit partnership allows employers to offer a wellness rewards program with simple setup and streamlined maintenance. Employers can leverage the Empyrean Platform to get employees engaged with randomized cash drawings and self-improvement challenges that create sustained engagement in healthy behaviors, with measurable health outcomes across their workforce.

Employees can securely login through their benefits enrollment portal – the Empyrean Platform – and connect with KrowdFit to track healthy activity such as exercise, sleep and meal logging, and increase their chances of winning. KrowdFit members can utilize a wide variety of wearable technology devices (such as smart watches) to track their activity.

“Connecting benefits to enrich the health, wealth, and overall wellbeing of participants is one of the keys to benefits success. By working with leading organizations like KrowdFit across the benefits spectrum, we’re empowering employers to enhance their offerings through our benefits administration technology platform,” said Wolfe. “With KrowdFit on the Empyrean Platform, we’re making it easier than ever for employers to implement and track their programs – while also increasing the frequency, quality, and depth of participants’ everyday benefits engagement.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions manages employee health and welfare benefits programs, combining the industry’s most modern, client-adaptive, and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration. Empyrean provides market-leading enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services that empower employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges to meet ever-evolving benefit challenges. Founded in 2006, Empyrean’s integrated platform serves over three million annual participants across a wide spectrum of sizes, industries, and complexities. For more information, please visit www.GoEmpyrean.com.

About KrowdFit
KrowdFit has paid out over $1.2 million in cash rewards and is the recognized leader in milestone driven wellness incentive programs. KrowdFit’s mission is to create a “healthy revolution” by encouraging, recognizing and rewarding the consistent “effort” people make to live a healthy, active lifestyle. KrowdFit’s proprietary wellness incentive program has proven to drive very high levels of sustained engagement leading to positive outcomes and long-term, healthy behavioral change. KrowdFit is headquartered in Bend, Oregon and has offices in Bellevue, Washington and Breckenridge, Colorado. For more information, please visit www.KrowdFit.com.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Supports Strong Growth with Strategic New Location

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

HOUSTON, TEXAS – November 14, 2017 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, announced today the opening its new location in Houston near Westchase, a business district in the western region of the city.

“We are committed to our employees, our clients, and to our community here in Houston,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean’s co-founder and CEO. “Our new, larger location has enabled our Houston-based teams to continue operating at optimal capacity, while providing increased flexibility over the long term to keep pace with our constant year-over-year growth.”

Earlier in the year, the company’s continued growth spurred the initial search for an improved Houston location. Plans for the new offices were immediately accelerated after floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey damaged areas surrounding Empyrean’s long-time headquarters. The company’s new space, located in West Houston, reaffirms Empyrean’s dedication to business continuity and safety for its employees, clients, and partners.

In addition to its Houston office, Empyrean has full service centers near Nashville in La Vergne, Tennessee, and in Minneapolis. Empyrean also leverages remote employees and has developed technological and operational flexibility to securely manage client workload across locations as needed. This approach takes advantage of talent nationwide, enables faster growth, and provides exceptional service resilience under any circumstances – including extreme weather.

“Our home is the fourth largest city in the United States, the nation’s energy capital, and a vibrant, multi-cultural community,” Wolfe continued. “Looking ahead, Empyrean will continue to evolve plans for its Houston location to ensure the safety of our employees and continuity of service to our clients.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions manages employee health and welfare benefits programs, combining the industry’s most modern, client-adaptive, and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration. Empyrean provides market-leading enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services that empower employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges to meet ever-evolving benefit challenges. Founded in 2006, Empyrean’s integrated platform serves over three million annual participants across a wide spectrum of sizes, industries, and complexities.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Provides Update on Harvey and Irma

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

HOUSTON, TEXAS – September 20 2017 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, today announced that its affected employees, local customers and the Houston area are starting to normalize in the wake of the previous and current storms affecting these areas.

“Our focus has remained first and foremost on ensuring the safety and stability of our employees during these unprecedented storms,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean’s co-founder and CEO. “We are tremendously grateful to report that 100% of our employees nationwide are safe and accounted for.”

Empyrean has offices in Houston, near Nashville in La Vergne, Tennessee, and in Minneapolis. Empyrean also has a number of employees working remotely, including within the Southeastern United States.

Empyrean balanced operations and customer service among its three locations during the initial and hardest-hitting impacts of tropical storm Harvey. Hurricane Irma, which has dissipated, affected Florida, Georgia, and other coastal and inland areas of the Southeastern United States.

“We continue to be amazed by the resiliency, creativity, and focus of our team nationwide as we all personally recover from the effects of Harvey and Irma,” said Wolfe. “We have also been touched by the professionalism and support of our clients and partners, several of which have also been affected by the storms. Working together, our communities are overcoming these challenging events and demonstrating exceptional strength and speed in the process.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions manages employee health and welfare benefits programs, combining the industry’s most modern, client-adaptive, and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration. Empyrean provides market-leading enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services that empower employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges to meet ever-evolving benefit challenges. Founded in 2006, Empyrean’s integrated platform serves over three million annual participants across a wide spectrum of sizes, industries, and complexities.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Responds to Hurricane Harvey

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The benefits administration technology leader remains focused on delivering seamless operations for clients and supporting charitable response efforts in the Greater Houston area.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – August 31, 2017 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, expressed its full support for the Houston and Southeast Texas areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and announced operational contingency measures were in place to ensure continuous service.

“Our people are our top priority, and Empyrean has the resources in place to continue business as usual. Our focus now is on responding to our community and those in need,” said Steve Campbell, Empyrean’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “The Southeast Texas area is only beginning to recover, and will feel the effects of Harvey for a long time to come. Empyrean will continue to explore avenues to best assist our fellow employees and the Greater Houston area as we all work together to recuperate from one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.”

Empyrean is headquartered in Houston, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey – which has moved away from the city but continues towards East Texas and Louisiana as a tropical storm. In addition to the company’s Houston office, Empyrean has two fully equipped offices and Service Center locations in La Vergne, Tennessee, near Nashville, and in Minneapolis. The two offices have complete operational and employee capacity to manage customer support needs for all clients.

Empyrean sustained minimal operational interruption throughout the storm, as the company had prepared and balanced customer support operations ahead of Harvey’s quick escalation from a tropical storm to a category four hurricane. As Houston now begins recovery, Empyrean will participate in the relief efforts by first assisting our employees who were affected, and then to the community in general.

“Our hearts go out to our fellow Houstonians as this great city and its surrounding areas begin to heal from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean’s co-founder and CEO. “The entire Empyrean family across our three locations responded swiftly and with resiliency to support our colleagues and clients, especially as a number of Houston-area employees and their families were directly affected.”

“The spirit of Houston is one of people helping people,” continued Wolfe. “Sunlight finally broke through the clouds and reemerged late Tuesday afternoon. Houston will continue to shine from the strength and compassion that is helping to rebuild our community, and we at Empyrean are committed to being a part of that effort.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions manages employee health and welfare benefits programs, combining the industry’s most modern, client-adaptive, and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration. Empyrean provides market-leading enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services that empower employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges to meet ever-evolving benefit challenges. Founded in 2006, Empyrean’s integrated platform serves over three million annual participants across a wide spectrum of sizes, industries, and complexities.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Continues Record Growth and Retention in 2017

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Benefits administration technology leader is on track to have the strongest sales year in its 10 year history

HOUSTON, TEXAS – August 22, 2017 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, today announced that it is on pace to have its strongest year ever – both in sales growth and client retention.

With its focus on modern and adaptive technology, responsive and thorough service, and comprehensive reporting options for employers’ continuing Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements, Empyrean more than doubled its new client total compared to the first-half of 2016. Empyrean has welcomed premier companies in consumer goods, retailing, manufacturing, business services, entertainment, and healthcare to its platform in 2017.

“Empyrean empowers companies to execute their benefit strategies, and provide an excellent and engaging employee experience during Annual Enrollment, and throughout the year,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean’s co-founder and CEO. “We continue to listen closely to the needs of our clients and develop smart technology that enables employers to simplify complex benefit issues in order to better manage the employee needs and business cost and risk.”

In October, Empyrean will celebrate the ten year anniversary of its first client go-live. That client, along with Empyrean’s other initial clients, are still with the company. Empyrean has stayed ahead of market drivers and client demands – proactively offering the industry’s most adaptive benefits tools, and continuously delivering technology and service products that enable the widest degree of plan and product flexibility for the businesses it serves.

In addition to its technology, Empyrean is lauded by clients for its responsive, experienced service throughout implementation and into ongoing administration – important factors that contribute to its exceptionally high client and revenue retention rate.

The company recently acknowledged the one-year anniversary of its acquisition of Bloom Health, based in Minneapolis, as well as the opening of its second Service Center in La Vergne, Tennessee, near Nashville. The addition of these two locations has allowed Empyrean to tap into top customer service and technology talent in new key markets.

“We attract dynamic clients that want to be empowered – not constrained – by the technology they utilize,” continued Wolfe. “The entire Empyrean family remains sharply focused on articulating and delivering our strong product vision with outstanding service and technology. We are excited to build on the momentum of the first-half of the year as we continue to deliver powerful products to Empyrean’s diverse and rapidly expanding client base.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions manages employee health and welfare benefits programs, combining the industry’s most modern, client-adaptive, and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration. Empyrean provides market-leading enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services that empower employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges to meet ever-evolving benefit challenges. Founded in 2006, Empyrean’s integrated platform serves over three million annual participants across a wide spectrum of sizes, industries, and complexities.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Celebrates Strong Growth to Kick Off 2017

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Company Surpasses Client Growth Goals, Continues Its Visionary Product Development to Amplify Momentum from 2016’s Record Year

HOUSTON, TEXAS – May 10, 2017 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, today announced that it reported a record start in 2017 revenue, continuing the strong progress from the end of 2016. The record revenue reflects strong market adoption of Empyrean’s health and welfare benefits technology and administration services, including successful entry into the small/mid-size business (SMB) market where increasingly complex needs drive demand for better technology solutions.

“We’ve deliberately set our product vision to be the trusted ‘go-to-place’ for an individual’s health and wealth related benefits. We believe every employee should have a personalized experience to help determine their outcomes and goals related to their health and wealth benefits,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean’s co-founder and CEO. “Our growth is reflective of the market demand for a modern health and welfare benefits technology and service experience for everyone – one that is supported by strong user and administrative experiences, as well as consistent implementations and a service support center that continually score high in client satisfaction.”

In addition to Empyrean’s high customer service marks, clients have been seeing the continued payoff of the Bloom Health acquisition from June 2016. Empyrean acquired its partner of three years, and building upon that success, Empyrean continues to evolve and deliver its modern hybrid model, meaning employers can have both traditional benefits administration and marketplaces/private exchanges as part of their offerings for a wide spectrum of demands from different employee groups. The result of the acquisition has added robust product vision expertise and deepened Empyrean’s lineup of flexible and adaptive benefits technology products and services.

“From a technology development perspective, our ability to blend traditional benefits administration with the broader consumer choice, education, and advocacy afforded by marketplace models gives clients the best of both worlds – without compromising functionality or responsiveness for the future,” said Jim Priebe, Executive Vice President of Product. “This ‘hybrid’ approach provides a better employee experience, while reducing time, costs, and implementation cycles for employers.”

“Empyrean’s record new client additions and continued strong customer retention confirms we are providing the innovative technology and high-value service companies across all major industries and market sizes need – and we continue to help HR leaders navigate and accomplish their business goals in 2017,” continued Wolfe. “We have attracted clients who demand nothing less than the best employer and employee experience without compromise. I am proud of what the Empyrean family has accomplished and how we have delivered exceptional client value.”

To increase access to top talent and further support its growing client base, Empyrean launched a second client Service Center in La Vergne, Tennessee, near Nashville. With the addition of Bloom Health ‘s Minneapolis location, Empyrean now has three offices in the U.S. and over 525 employees supporting and serving its clients.

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions is one of the fastest-growing providers of technology and services for managing employee health benefits programs. Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. Unlike other providers, Empyrean combines the industry’s most client-adaptive and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration. Visit http://www.GoEmpyrean.com for more information.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Names Jim Priebe EVP of Product

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Priebe heads up a strong product strategy and management team in developing the market’s most powerful and modern benefits delivery technology platform.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – October 5, 2016 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, has named Jim Priebe as Executive Vice President of Product. In this role, Priebe will lead product strategy and product management for Empyrean’s benefits administration technology platform.

The Empyrean Platform is built for scalability – allowing companies from 50 employees to 50,000+ employees access to a full suite of tools for total health and welfare benefits administration, without compromising functionality, flexibility, or speed-to-implement. Empyrean’s latest release includes hybrid strategy capabilities, enabling traditional employer-sponsored plans and private exchanges to be offered to a single employer or channel simultaneously on the same secure and natively-integrated platform.

“Empyrean’s technological innovations and service depth empower our clients to execute their ideal benefit strategies, including serving different groups such as active employees and retirees,” said Priebe. ”We believe this is the first solution in the market to use a single technology platform to manage across any size employer and any type of program, including an exchange.”

Priebe has 25 years of experience within the insurance and employee benefits space. He joined Empyrean through its acquisition of Bloom Health in June 2016, where he was previously Chief Executive Officer. Before joining Bloom as Chief Operating Officer, Priebe served as Chief Growth Officer at Acclaris, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for UnitedHealth Group OptumHealth, and served as Executive Director for Mayo Management Services Insurance.

“At Empyrean, we are advancing the benefits engagement experience and allowing companies to nimbly adapt to rapid organizational, market, and regulatory changes,” said Priebe. “At the same time, we’re enabling employers and employees to gain deeper levels of efficiency and understanding around their benefit forecasts and coverage needs. This level of insight and ease is helping our clients streamline processes and lower costs.”

“We are excited about adding Jim’s experience and focus to Empyrean. As EVP of Product, he and his team will bring forward innovative solutions and capabilities to further support our clients’ strategies and employees,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder. “Our technology and services have always positioned Empyrean as a leader in the health and welfare benefit technology space. With Jim joining us, we’re continuing to ensure our clients receive the most modern, flexible, and robust solutions – without compromise.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions is one of the fastest-growing providers of technology and services for managing employee health benefits programs. Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. Unlike other providers, Empyrean combines the industry’s most client-adaptive and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Launches Compass 2.5

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Empyrean brings user interface improvements and a foundation for hybrid exchange capabilities to its employee enrollment and self-service application.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – September 13, 2016 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, has launched the latest version of its Employee Self Service (ESS) application, Compass.

As part of the Empyrean Platform for total health and welfare benefits administration, Compass 2.5 offers employees an improved enrollment experience, providing a complete and consumer-centric view of their benefit options. This new release integrates the latest responsive and material design standards to deliver a consistently guided user experience across any device.

Compass 2.5 also enables a hybrid strategy allowing both employer-sponsored plans and exchanges to be offered simultaneously on the same secure and natively-integrated platform, delivering unrivaled strategic flexibility to employers. Empyrean’s hybrid capabilities give companies the freedom to offer diverse coverage options to meet the needs of different employee groups, such as employees and retirees.

“At Empyrean, we are radically transforming the benefits engagement experience for employees and employers. Compass 2.5 is the next iteration of that vision,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean co-founder and CEO. “While our proprietary technology streamlines enrollment, we also maintain the power and flexibility to manage all aspects of benefits administration and adapt to changes year-round. With Empyrean, companies are simplifying processes and gaining efficiencies while ensuring they’re prepared for challenges now and in the future.”

Empyrean’s purpose-built technology allows employees to make more confident and educated benefit decisions, while empowering HR leaders to develop and execute any benefits strategy. Employers can provide their workforces with the coverage options they need while saving costs to accommodate both demand and budget. Empyrean provides solutions for enrollment, administration, configuration, and compliance via its single system, supported by unparalleled interconnectivity and world-class implementation and support services.

“We built the Empyrean Platform to modernize benefits administration. Over 400 organizations nationwide rely on our client-adaptive technology to meet unique needs, and our 97% renewal rate speaks to our proven implementation and support capabilities,” Wolfe continued. “With Compass 2.5, we’re taking our platform further, delivering innovative technology, and enhancing employee experiences. Empyrean is enabling clients through powerfully flexible and scalable benefit solutions that will continue to keep up with company, industry, and regulatory changes with ease and without compromise.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions is one of the fastest-growing providers of technology and services for managing employee health benefits programs. Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. Unlike other providers, Empyrean combines the industry’s most client-adaptive and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration.

 

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Acquires Bloom Health

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

A successful three-year partnership leads to a seamless combination of benefit administration and delivery technologies.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – June 30, 2016 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, announced today that it has acquired its strategic partner, Bloom Health Corp., a leading provider of digital benefit delivery solutions based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Bloom has been a great innovation partner for us,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean’s co-founder and CEO. “We saw an opportunity to build on and accelerate our mutual success by combining forces, and we are excited to welcome Bloom’s employees, customers, and partners to the Empyrean family.”

Empyrean’s purpose-built benefits administration technology platform is already fully-incorporated into Bloom’s employee benefit delivery solutions. Together, the companies are currently serving hundreds of employers, and in the process have demonstrated the ability to deliver benefit solutions to companies ranging from 50 to tens of thousands of lives.

“Joining forces is another logical step towards eliminating the typical compromises the market has had to consistently contend with,” Wolfe continued. “Together, our goal is to provide the best health and welfare benefits engagement experience possible for our clients, and their employees and consumers, that is without compromise.”

Empyrean and Bloom already have integrated operations, and both are committed to providing a smooth services and support transition for customers and partners.

“This is the culmination of a seven-year journey that the Bloom team undertook in pursuit of transforming the health care benefits marketplace,” said Jim Priebe, CEO of Bloom Health. “As a part of Empyrean, and together with our plan providers, we now have all the pieces in place to deliver a comprehensive benefits engagement and administration solution to employers who want to provide their people with great choices and great service.”

Prior to this transaction, Bloom’s majority owners were Anthem, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan and Health Care Service Corporation. All three insurers will continue to provide plans through the combined company.

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions is one of the fastest-growing providers of technology and services for managing employee health benefits programs. Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting, and other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. Unlike other providers, Empyrean combines the industry’s most client-adaptive and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration.

About Bloom Health
Bloom Health is transforming the way employers use their range of workplace benefits to help attract, retain and motivate talent. Founded in 2009, Bloom’s solutions bring cost predictability to employers while providing consumers with expert guidance to find the benefits options that best meet their unique personal and family needs. Bloom delivers its secure cloud-based solution and personalized support through health plan, employer, and agency partners across the United States.

 

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Adds ARAG® as an Integrated Insurance Provider within Empyrean’s Benefits Administration System

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Empyrean integrates ARAG’s legal services into its technology platform to allow Empyrean customers seamless access to legal insurance options.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – May 17, 2016 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, announced today that ARAG, a leader in legal insurance, is now available on the Empyrean Platform, a leading and configurable technology platform for benefits administration. This integration will give Empyrean’s clients ready-access to ARAG legal insurance – which in addition to legal insurance includes Identity Theft Protection, financial planning, and caregiving services. The ARAG addition continues to expand the number of voluntary benefit options available to Empyrean clients.

“We’re proud to work with a long-serving and established company like ARAG,” said Tiffaney Perhala, Director, Channel Sales at Empyrean. “Providing more options to employees and clients grows the value of what both of our companies deliver – in terms of expanded options, potential cost savings, and seamlessly integrated operations and technology.”

For more than 80 years, ARAG has helped individuals and their families when something in life turns into a legal issue – like a dispute with a contractor, a traffic ticket or the need for estate planning. Members have access to a nationwide network of more than 11,000 attorneys who can advise and represent members on legal problems and review or prepare documents.

“Joining Empyrean allows ARAG to reach even more consumers and provide affordable legal services to all,” said Dennis Healy, ARAG Chief Sales Officer. “We are excited to help brokers and their clients reduce stress and absenteeism in the workplace by empowering employees to solve their legal issues.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions is one of the fastest-growing providers of technology and services for managing employee health benefits programs. Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting and other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. Unlike other providers, Empyrean combines the industry’s most client-adaptive and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration.

About ARAG
ARAG® (www.ARAGlegal.com) is a leader in legal insurance. It provides people with affordable and reliable legal counsel for everyday life matters. The company has an international premium base of more than $2 billion and protects 15.5 million individuals and their families – worldwide. They offer the freedom and control to embrace life’s opportunities.

ARAG’s North American headquarters are based in Des Moines, Iowa. They’ve earned the prestigious Center of Excellence Award for nine consecutive years (2007-2015) and have been named a Top 100 Call Center by BenchMark Portal for six consecutive years (2011-2016), continuing their track record of industry-leading customer service. ARAG team members voted ARAG a Best Place to Work in Insurance (2009-2014).

For more news and information about ARAG visit ARAGlegal.com.


Media Contacts

Empyrean Contact:
Michael Robinson, VP Marketing
MMRobinson@GoEmpyrean.com, (832) 730-7989

ARAG Media Contact:
Jen Harken, ARAG Corporate Communications Manager
Jen.Harken@ARAGlegal.com, (515) 237-0271

 

Empyrean Benefit Solutions to Open New Client Service Center Near Nashville, Tennessee

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Operations Expand to Talent-Rich Nashville Area to Support Surging Business Volume

HOUSTON, TEXAS – May 3, 2016 – Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, today announced that it is launching a new client service center in La Vergne, Tennessee, near Nashville. The new center will complement Empyrean’s existing center in Houston, Texas, and will provide the full range of Empyrean client services.

“Our Nashville-area center allows us to achieve several goals,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean’s co-founder and CEO. “The expansion allows Empyrean to provide services across multiple delivery centers and access talent to support the increasing demand for Empyrean’s technology and capabilities to manage health and benefits programs and the compliance requirements associated with ACA (Affordable Care Act) for employers, brokers, consultants and carriers.”

Empyrean is unique among leading benefit administration providers in assigning dedicated service teams to its clients, with all primary services staffed 100% in the United States. The dedicated service model, which provides continuity from day one of the client relationship throughout its lifetime, fosters a close and enduring partnership, and builds deep understanding of each client’s business objectives, plan design, and operational processes.

“Our goal is to place the client at the center of all we do,” Wolfe continued. “We take pride in delivering truly responsive service, enabled by our client-adaptive technology. We dispel the compromises that previously accompanied outsourced benefits administration, and our rapid growth demonstrates that the market is responding.”

Empyrean selected the Nashville area for its expansion because of its world class infrastructure and communications, strength in medicine and education, and attractive culture and lifestyle. These factors combine to attract the highly-skilled professionals Empyrean seeks to hire and retain. Empyrean has designed the Nashville-area center in La Vergne to accommodate an initial staff of 120, with potential for additional long-term growth.

“TVA and Middle Tennessee EMC congratulate Empyrean Benefit Solutions on its decision to locate in Rutherford County,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development, John Bradley. “Attracting quality jobs and investments in our region is a fundamental part of TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Rutherford County, and the City of La Vergne to further that mission and help facilitate Empyrean Benefit Solutions’ new location decision.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions is one of the fastest-growing providers of technology and services for managing employee health benefits programs. Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting and other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. Unlike other providers, Empyrean combines the industry’s most client-adaptive and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch benefits administration.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Passes $50 Million Revenue Milestone

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Company Sets Revenue Records and Exceeds Growth Rate & Client Retention Expectations in 2015

HOUSTON, TEXAS – March 29, 2016 – Empyrean Benefits Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, today announced that it reported more than $54 million revenue in the year ending December 2015. The record revenue reflects strong market adoption of Empyrean’s health and welfare benefits technology and administration services.

“2015 was a pivotal year for Empyrean,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean’s co-founder and CEO. “When I review our progress across the board, not simply our revenue growth, I see that we are clearly prepared to scale and to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration to many new clients.”

Empyrean has developed a purpose-built benefits administration technology platform that is designed to ensure accuracy and data integrity, and to eliminate many of the errors that plague legacy solutions that knit together separate, decades-old software systems. In contrast, Empyrean’s Client-Adaptive technology platform is fully-integrated and highly configure-able offering greater capability to support client specific outcomes. The configuration capability of the Empyrean platform offers new clients the opportunity to leverage a wealth of experience accumulated over many previous client implementations, yet retains the power and flexibility to quickly adapt to an individual client’s specific plan requirements.

“We believe that our relentless pursuit of technology innovation to improve our clients’ experience sets us apart. Simply stated, in order to deliver great service, Hi-Touch service, to every single client, we need the best technology in the industry,” Wolfe continued. “We have identified five common compromises that employers have grown to accept. The problem is pervasive, and our message to employers is, ‘Don’t compromise!’”

The compromises include the inability of employers’ current administration system, whether internally managed or outsourced, to respond to change, provide adequate responsiveness, or support the desired benefit strategy and plan design. As a result, employers are burdened by excessive and unnecessary workload and feel their current financial investment is not justified. By demonstrating its ability to resolve these compromises, Empyrean is raising expectation levels in the benefits administration marketplace.

Empyrean highlights in 2015 included:

  • Target 25% growth rate exceeded,
  • More than 150 new full-time employees,
  • More than 170 clients added by partners, and
  • Better than 97% client retention.

The company expects the positive trends to continue, and is planning for further growth fueled in part by employers deciding that compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prompts an urgent review of their existing benefits administration strategy and operation.

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions is one of the fastest-growing providers of technology and services for managing employee health benefits programs. Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting and other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. Unlike other providers, Empyrean combines the industry’s most client-adaptive and configurable benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch benefits administration.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Announces Partnership with WageWorks to Provide Consumer-Directed Benefits to Empyrean Clients

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Agreement enables WageWorks to administer commuter benefits, COBRA and direct billing services for Empyrean clients.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions, a Houston-based provider of benefits administration technology and services, announced today a channel partnership with WageWorks, Inc. (NYSE: WAGE), a leader in administering Consumer-Directed Benefits.   The agreement enables WageWorks to administer Commuter Benefit, COBRA and Direct Billing services for clients of Empyrean Benefit Solutions. As an innovator in outsourced benefits administration, Empyrean offers enrollment, eligibility management, and a range of other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. The new partnership enables Empyrean to offer WageWorks’ expertise, premier technology and enhanced services to its clients, which represents more than 2 million employees.

“Empyrean is a recognized leader in administration of benefit services to employers, brokers and healthcare exchanges alike, and represents the latest addition to our growing list of channel partnerships,” said WageWorks CEO Joe Jackson. “Our goal is to save both employees and employers money by providing easy access to the industry’s leading Consumer-Directed Benefits programs. The partnership with Empyrean extends this mission further.”

“At Empyrean, we believe in a Hi-Touch approach to delivering the best benefits services available,” explained Richard Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer, Empyrean Benefit Solutions. “Benefits services from WageWorks are an ideal complement to our approach, as WageWorks is known for their dedication to service excellence. This partnership allows us to provide access to Commuter, COBRA, and Direct Billing specialists while continuing to ensure responsive service to our clients.”

About Empyrean
Founded in 2007, Empyrean Benefit Solutions is a leading provider of technology and services for managing large and middle-market employers’ health and benefits programs.  Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, and a range of other plan administration services to three distinct markets:  employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. The company’s open systems approach brings together the industry’s most advanced benefits technology platform with the market’s leading domain experts. This agile business solution drives greater value to employers and employees during increasing market uncertainty by giving them an unprecedented level of flexibility, through best-of-breed integration of other software and service providers. Empyrean’s founders are former principals with some of the country’s largest benefits administration service providers.

About WageWorks
WageWorks (NYSE: WAGE) is a leader in administering Consumer-Directed Benefits (CDBs), which empower employees to save money on taxes while also providing corporate tax advantages for employers. WageWorks is solely dedicated to administering CDBs, including pre-tax spending accounts, such as Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), health and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), as well as Commuter Benefit Services, including transit and parking programs, wellness programs, COBRA, and other employee benefits. WageWorks makes it easier to understand and take advantage of Consumer-Directed Benefits for approximately 45,000 employers and over 4 million people. WageWorks is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with offices in major locations throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.wageworks.com.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Named One of Fastest-Growing Private Companies for Third Straight Year

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Inc. magazine includes Empyrean on its 2015 Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc. announced today that Inc. magazine ranked Empyrean No. 2953 on its list of the Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the country. Empyrean, a Houston-based company providing benefits administration technology and services, experienced 119% growth over the past three years and expects this high level of growth to continue.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in each of the last three years,” said Richard Wolfe, Empyrean Benefit Solutions CEO. “Our continued growth is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team to be the leading provider of health and welfare benefits technology and services, and we don’t plan on slowing down.”

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident.”

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions is one of the fastest-growing providers of technology and services for managing employee health benefits programs. Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting and other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. Unlike other providers, Empyrean combines the industry’s most adaptive benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver hi-touch benefits administration.

Holmes Murphy & Associates Partners with Empyrean Benefit Solutions to Offer Healthcare Exchange Solution to Employers

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Leading insurance broker Holmes Murphy selects Empyrean’s adaptive technology and responsive services to offer best-in-class benefits administration and exchange solutions.

Holmes Murphy and Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc. today announced their partnership to provide world-class benefits administration and healthcare exchange solutions. Holmes Murphy evaluated several providers and ultimately selected Empyrean for the extensive industry expertise of the leadership team and flexibility of Empyrean’s technology platform in support of Holmes Murphy’s business model.

Holmes Murphy wanted to develop a unique, hybrid healthcare exchange solution, where employers could continue offering current medical plan designs while also leveraging an exchange for ancillary and voluntary products such as life insurance, disability insurance, and other voluntary plans that can complement Consumer Driven Heath Plans and strategies. In reviewing other solutions, Holmes Murphy found Empyrean offered a streamlined implementation process, substantial support resources and flexibility in working with carrier products.

Due to several shared clients, Holmes Murphy was already familiar with Empyrean’s high level of service and adaptive technology which were key drivers in Empyrean’s selection. Den Bishop, President of Holmes Murphy, explains, “Empyrean’s robust back-end technology and strong supporting teams enable us to expand our suite of products and offer our clients a hybrid exchange solution designed for employers that want to transition into private exchanges.”

Holmes Murphy is the latest partner in a growing list of insurance brokers and carriers that utilize Empyrean’s benefits administration technology and services. Keith Wilson, Empyrean’s Executive Vice President of Partner Solutions, states, “Empyrean not only provides the best benefits administration services to employers, we also enable our broker and carrier partners to efficiently offer exchanges and complete benefits administration solutions to their client base.”

About Holmes Murphy
Founded in 1932, Holmes Murphy & Associates, an independent insurance brokerage, serves business and industry leaders throughout the Midwest and across the nation in the areas of property casualty insurance, employee benefits, captive insurance, risk management and loss control. Holmes Murphy has offices in Des Moines, Davenport and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Madison, Wis.; Peoria, Ill.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. For more information, call 800-247-7756 or visit http://www.holmesmurphy.com.

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions is one of the fastest-growing providers of technology and services for managing employee health benefits programs. Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting and other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. Unlike other providers, Empyrean combines the industry’s most adaptive benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver hi-touch benefits administration.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions CEO Richard Wolfe Selected as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award Finalist

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Empyrean CEO Richard Wolfe to be honored as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award in the Gulf Coast Area.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions, a technology and services company that enables businesses to better manage their employee health benefits programs, today announced that CEO and co-founder Richard Wolfe has been selected as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the Gulf Coast region.

When asked about the award nomination, Rich stated, “While it’s an honor for me to be recognized as a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year award, it’s really a testament to the incredible efforts from everyone that has worked to make Empyrean the company it is today. I’m truly fortunate to work with such a talented team, and I look forward to us driving further innovation in the benefits administration space.”

The esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program, now in its 29th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Richard Wolfe was chosen as a finalist by an independent panel of judges and will be honored at a special gala event at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel in June, where award winners will be announced.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in November in Palm Springs, California.

About Empyrean
Founded in 2007 by Chairman Dave Carlson and CEO Richard Wolfe, Empyrean Benefit Solutions is one of the fastest-growing providers of technology and services for managing employee health benefits programs. Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, ACA reporting and other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. Unlike other providers, Empyrean combines the industry’s most adaptive benefits technology platform with expert, responsive service to deliver Hi-Touch Benefits Administration.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

Dearborn National Partners with Empyrean Benefit Solutions to Offer Best-In-Class Benefits Technology and Services

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Health and welfare benefits administration and insurance industry leaders collaborate to provide Dearborn National Benefits Administration: Powered by Empyrean.

Dearborn National today announced a partnership with Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc. to offer integrated employee benefits technology and services to Dearborn National’s clients and their workforces. Dearborn National chose to partner with Empyrean to leverage their advanced software platform, unparalleled customer service and reputation for innovation.

Dearborn National has long been an industry leader, responding proactively to market changes and the evolving needs of their customers. With many companies now exploring new benefit plans that offer their employees various options for coverage, Dearborn National sought a solution that allows them to provide a broad range of benefits administration services, the ability to integrate with third-party providers, and a seamless customer experience.

Scott Morgan, Dearborn National’s Vice President of Business Development and Technology, explains, “We wanted to offer businesses of all sizes a complete benefits administration solution that can flex with the unpredictable nature of the employee benefits landscape and our clients’ needs.”

Keith Wilson, Empyrean’s Executive Vice President of Partner Solutions, adds, “Empyrean is proud to partner with Dearborn National and provide the technology and team to deliver an exceptional benefits experience for Dearborn National’s customers today and in the future.”

About Dearborn National®
Dearborn National is the ancillary subsidiary of Health Care Service Corporation. HCSC is the largest non-investor owned health care insurer in the United States and the fourth largest overall. With 46 years of experience, Dearborn National offers a broad selection of insurance products, including Group Benefits (employer-paid/voluntary), Worksite and Individual, as well as an array of enhanced product services. We are licensed in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico. Learn more at http://www.dearbornnational.com.

About Empyrean
Empyrean Benefit Solutions is one of the fastest-growing providers of technology and services for managing health and benefits programs. Empyrean provides enrollment, eligibility management, ACA services and compliance, as well as a range of other plan administration services to employers, insurance brokers, and healthcare exchanges. Known for delivering innovative benefits administration solutions, Empyrean has focused on developing a simpler but smarter technology platform, packaged with world-class customer service that enables brokerage firms and insurance companies to utilize Empyrean’s technology to bring the latest consumer support services such as health insurance exchanges to market more quickly.