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2021 Excellence in Benefits Award Winner

February 1, 2022 by Emily Clevenger

(February 1, 2022) – Employers Health is honored to announce Chris vanNatta, as the 2021 recipient of its fifth 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. vanNatta 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.

He serves as manager of human resources and global benefits at The Timken Company, a global manufacturer of bearings and power transmission products headquartered in North Canton, Ohio. vanNatta serves as an advocate for Timken and its associates. He was instrumental in the creation of the organization’s onsite workout facility, leading the organization and its associates in overall health and wellness. vanNatta is known for his desire and drive to innovate and improve population health, recognizing that a healthy employee is more reliable, more efficient and happier than an unhealthy employee. In addition to his many duties at Timken, he is a lawyer by trade, a former Judge Advocate for the US Air Force, currently serves as a Judge Advocate for the US Air Force Reserve, a husband and father of five.

Previous winners include: 2020: Theresa O’Callaghan, executive director of benefit programs and corporate human resources at Kaman Corporation; 2019: Rachelle Firestone, director of benefits at The Kenan Advantage Group; 2018: Violet Vernon, senior manager, Aerojet Rocketdyne; 2017: Jessica Ward, benefits manager, Designer Brands. Nominations for the 2022 award will open in summer 2022. Go to for more information.

About Employers Health

Founded in 1983 by employers looking to reduce health care costs, Employers Health provides resources, tools and expertise to help plan sponsors deliver access to high-quality health benefits at a sustainable cost. 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. Employers and plan sponsors benefit from its group purchasing opportunities for pharmacy, medical, EAP services, dental and vision benefits. Today, more than 250 employer-members in 37 states participate in our leading pharmacy benefits group purchasing programs through CVS Health, Optum Rx and Elixir. To learn more about Employers Health’s employer resources visit


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