1:30 PM - 1:50 PM


Compliance Update

Saving Money by Not Wasting Money on Penalties and Administrative Mistakes

1:50 PM - 2:45 PM

Dave Ross

Benefits Part 1

A Strategic Approach to Health Plan Funding & Catastrophic Claims Management

2:45 PM - 2:55 PM


2:55 PM - 4:00 PM

Dave Ross

Benefits Part 2

A Strategic Approach to Health Plan Funding & Catastrophic Claims Management

 4:00 PM

Dave RossNick2-Circle

Have a Drink with the Experts

Happy hour with complimentary drinks & hors d'oeuvers

Drawing for prizes 

Hand out SHRM, HRCI, and CPE certificates



April 18th, 2019

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM 




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Peached Social House

6500 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752


This program is approved for up to:

SHRM-Square 2019


HRCI-Square 2019

2 PHR, SPHR or
GPHR Credits

CPE-Box 2019

2 CPE Credits

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


Our Speakers


Dave Ross

Director of Underwriting Services at Hays Companies

Dave’s primary responsibilities include the development and maintenance of financial tools and methodologies that improve clients’ ability to effectively manage their employer-sponsored health plans. Dave’s role keeps him actively involved in the management of key accounts, representing over 600,000 members.

Additionally, Dave acts as a National resource and the primary source of both internal and external education and support regarding efficient health plan structure. Dave spends much of his time traveling around the country educating consultants, employers, and legislative bodies on the many counterintuitive and nuanced components of effective health care cost management.

Prior to joining Hays in 2004, Dave worked in the Actuarial/Underwriting department at BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota where he evaluated financial risk as a function of claims-experience and defined pricing strategies for both insured and self-funded business that satisfied BlueCross’s strategic objectives.

Dave periodically teaches statistics at Minnesota State University where he earned his bachelors degree in Finance.


Nicholas Karls

Attorney, Associate Director of Compliance at Hays Companies

Nick Karls is an Associate Director in the Employee Benefits division of Hays Benefits Group, LLC.  Nick started with Hays in 2013.

Nick received his BA from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2007 and his JD from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2012.  Nick is licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota.

Before joining Hays Companies and going to law school, Nick worked in the Consumer Division of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office as a Mediator.  While working in the Attorney General’s Office, Nick developed an expertise in the fields of consumer health care, consumer finance, as well as the Minnesota regulatory framework.  In his position as a Mediator, Nick worked to resolve issues between Minnesota residents and various businesses and corporations, as well as monitoring the business practices of the various businesses and corporations for compliance with Minnesota’s consumer protection statutes.

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