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2019 Excellence in Benefits Award Winner

June 11, 2019 by Emily Clevenger

Employers Health is honored to announce Rachelle Firestone, of Kenan Advantage Group, as the 2019 recipient of its third annual Excellence in Benefits Award. The award is presented to a leader in employee benefits in recognition of his/her meaningful impact to the industry.

Firestone was nominated and unanimously selected by an independent panel of human resources and benefits industry professionals. Nominees were scored on the impact made in the field of employee benefits, achieved outcomes and contributions to the betterment of the overall workplace and community.

“Our organization exists to help benefits professionals succeed, so it’s only right that we recognize the good work within our membership. Rachelle has accomplished so much since arriving at K.A.G. and is a great advocate for its employees and their families. She pushes our team at Employers Health to always be better and holds us accountable for delivering on our promises,” stated Mike Stull, Chief Marketing Officer at Employers Health.

In her role as the director of benefits for Kenan Advantage Group, North America’s largest tank truck transporter and logistics provider, Firestone is responsible for the design and development of all benefit programs. Among her accomplishments with the company, she has harmonized benefits for all 18 subsidiaries, centralized all benefits functions into the company’s Canton Service Center and developed quarterly training for new staff on mental health topics including dealing with divorce, raising teens with mental illness and more.
She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans where she earned her Group Benefits Associate designation.

Previous winners were: 2018: Violet Vernon, senior manager, Aerojet Rocketdyne; 2017: Jessica Ward, benefits manager, Designer Brands. Nominations for the 2020 award will open in January 2020. Go to for more information.

About Employers Health
Founded in 1983, Employers Health provides aligned, independent and transparent resources, tools and expertise to help plan sponsors deliver access to high-quality health benefits at a sustainable cost. Employers and plan sponsors benefit from Employers Health’s group purchasing opportunities for pharmacy, medical, EAP services, dental and vision benefits. Employers Health began group purchasing for pharmacy benefit management services in 1995, making it one of the oldest and most established employer-founded group purchasing coalitions in the country. Today, more than 250 employer-members in 34 states participate in our group purchasing programs for pharmacy benefits through CVS Health, OptumRx and EnvisionRx. To learn more about Employers Health’s employer resources, including Right Direction, an initiative addressing depression in the workplace, visit

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