Leadership

Sequoia’s key differentiator as a service provider is the quality of our people and their team approach to delivering the best possible results for our clients. Our leadership team members have proven expertise combined with warmth, positive energy, and a can-do attitude. The result is a tangible difference in our clients’ daily experience, year after year.

Greg Golub

Greg Golub

Founder & CEO

As CEO, Greg is responsible for constituting the vision and future of the company, leading the management team, and strengthening our client-centric culture as Sequoia scales. Greg also spends much of his time studying industry trends, serving on advisory boards and figuring out what changes in our industry will serve as opportunities for our clients.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • BS degree in Economics; Washington and Lee University
  • Director, The Golub Group investment management firm
  • Member, Young President’s Organization (YPO)
  • Chartered Life Underwriter, CLU
  • Served on many Insurance Companies’ Advisory Boards

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Fly-fishing, Skiing, and Running
  • Cheering from the sidelines as my daughters compete in the sports they love
  • Partnering with my wife, Kelly, to raise our three daughters
  • Empowering young people by providing access to education and opportunities

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“The more you give, the more you get in return” – Mike Golub,  My Father

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Herb Kelleher, Mahatma Gandhi, Paul Newman, Jeff Bezos, Abraham Lincoln, Michael Phelps, David Packard

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Surrounding myself with a team of people who share my ethic of optimism, succeeding as a team and doing what is right and in the best interest of our clients and raising three daughters who love and support each other and are best friends.

Bob Lawson

Bob Lawson

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Bob is responsible for all finance and accounting activities at Sequoia.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Sports of all kinds
  • Cooking and wine
  • Traveling with my family

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

My parents

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Raising three incredibly diverse children

Stephen Kim

Stephen Kim

Chief Legal & Administrative Officer

As the Chief Legal & Administrative Officer, Steve is responsible for operational excellence in the functions that both safeguard our business operations and ensure that the company has the resources necessary to support our clients and their growth. In this role, Steve works with team members in Legal, Talent, Human Resources, Security and IT, and Facilities.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Joint B.A./B.A. degrees in Philosophy and German from Johns Hopkins University
  • J.D. from New York University School of Law, Editor of Law Review
  • Member of the New York and California bars

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of his sons’ school
  • Driving all over the Bay Area for music lessons, golf and tennis lessons, and tournaments for his children
  • As often as possible, organizing a movie or dinner date with his wife Betty

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard
“One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

My parents, who carved out a life for themselves, and as a result, did so for the generations that will follow.

Sean Handel

Sean Handel

Chief Product Officer

As Chief Product Officer, Sean is responsible for leading the product management, product development and data science teams for Sequoia. He works with other teams to drive the business using technology and software to enable us to better serve our clients and for our clients to better serve their employees.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • MS, Computer Science, Northwestern University
  • BA, Computer Studies, Northwestern University

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Family time
  • Endurance sports – ultramarathons, marathons and cycling
  • Gadgets – I’ve owned and tested every wearable ever made

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Bill Gates, Kilian Jornet, Alan Turing

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Raising two happy and healthy children with my wife.

Michele Floriani

Michele Floriani

Principal & Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Michele is responsible for leading the marketing and brand experience for Sequoia. He works cross functionally to grow the business and ensure the product and service quality is at or above Sequoia’s historically high standards.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Southern California
  • Economics courses, Georgetown University
  • Executive education course, delivered by McCombs School of Business, University of Texas

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Food and family
  • Formula One
  • Listening to and playing music

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Thomas Jefferson

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Ben Franklin, Pablo Picasso, Ferdinand Magellan, Niki Lauda

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I am still able to go to the skate park with my son and not embarrass him.

Lesley Grady

Lesley Grady

VP, Enterprise Practice

As VP of Client Service, Lesley is responsible for overseeing our client service consultant, client service management and wellbeing teams. Her focus is to ensure a consistent, Sequoia-level service experience across clients of all sizes. Lesley also focuses on managing our NYC office, and working closely with many of our New York clients.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Bachelors of Art in Communication, Villanova University
  • NY Insurance License for Life, Accident and Health

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Living in and biking around New York City
  • Chasing my young kids around
  • I’m surprisingly crafty!

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.” -Jim Rohn

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

My husband, he always protects and unconditionally supports me. My sister, she is super smart.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

My twins- They were given a poor prognosis before birth. I am humbled and inspired every day by their strength and perseverance to be amazing healthy little human beings.

Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez

Principal & VP, Mid-Size Practice

As the mid-market team leader, Jose Gonzalez is responsible for business development and the overall design and delivery of our mid-size client experience. He oversees the orchestration of scalable client solutions delivering reduced costs, positive employee experiences, and reduced administration. Jose enjoys working closely with our client service, marketing, and support teams to continue finding innovative ways of meeting the evolving needs of our clients.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • California licensed Life, Accident and Health
  • BS in Business Administration cum laude; University of Southern California
  • USC Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Spending time with my wife, daughter and son
  • Music, Swimming, Water Polo, Soccer
  • Spending time with family & friends
  • Watching USC Trojan Football

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” Tommy Lasorda

“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” Jim Valvano

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Working with exceptional colleagues to make a positive impact in the lives of our clients, while earning and maintaining their trust.

Matt Roberts

Matt Roberts

VP, SMB Practice

Matt leads the SMB division for Sequoia Consulting Group. The SMB team is a highly collaborative and strategic group of sales, service, operations, analysts, advocates and more. This team works cohesively to present a unified approach to employee benefits, retirement, risk management, compliance, HR outsourcing, wellbeing and global services to small- and mid-size companies. Matt is responsible for overall strategy, service model, client satisfaction, partnerships, revenue growth and overall P&L success for the SMB division.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • California licensed Life, Accident and Health
  • BA, Business Administration, California State University Fullerton

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Watching sports
  • Playing golf when possible

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” -Charles Swindoll
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” -Phil Jackson

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL:

My Mother, who has always modeled resiliency, compassion, work ethic, selflessness and an unwavering love for family. I owe a ton to her!

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

My family. I’m so proud of my incredible wife, our three kids and the life we’ve built together.

Christina Sullivan

Christina Sullivan

Principal & VP, Sequoia One Practice

Christina coaches a team of smart Client Service Managers who provide excellent customer service while navigating the complex healthcare industry. Her team makes sure we have the tools and resources we need to be successful in partnering with our clients. She encourages collaboration so that the team members learn from each other and improve processes. She is dedicated to the success of each team member and loves nothing more than to receive praise from clients about the team.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Bachelors of Art in Business Administration with a concentration in Management
  • Certificate in Human Resources Management
  • CA Insurance License for Life, Accident and Health

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Spending time with family and friends, especially my husband and two kids
  • Running on the beautiful coastal trail in Half Moon Bay, CA and in an occasional half marathon
  • Trying new restaurants and foods

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Steve Jobs, Richard Branson

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Being successful at balancing my work family and my family at home. I’m extremely blessed to be surrounded by great people all the time.

Sean Martin

Sean Martin

VP, Business Consulting, Sequoia One

As VP of Sales for Sequoia One, Sean is responsible for the revenue, profit, and overall client satisfaction of the PEO division of Sequoia. Sean spends his time keeping up with industry trends, competition, coaching and educating team members to ensure health and growth of the business.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • BS Management from San Jose State University

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • NBA fanatic
  • Fitness enthusiast
  • All about family, food, and fun!

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for the great.” Steve Prefontaine

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” Michael Jordan

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Michael Jordan, My wife – If only I could be half the person she is…

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Family – Successful marriage of 17 years, and the birth of our 3 beautiful daughters.

Vivek Rajanna

Vivek Rajanna

VP, Products

An engineer at heart, Vivek’s passion for building products of impact led him down the path of product strategy and management. Having built products that are used by millions, Vivek is responsible for building and enhancing Sequoia’s digital products to create a lasting positive impact on our clients.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Masters in Computer science from Manipal-India

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Motorbiking, hiking, yoga
  • Watching documentaries and reading biographies
  • Long walks with my wife

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Finding happiness beyond material wealth.

Netta Conyers-Haynes

Netta Conyers-Haynes

VP, Communications

As VP of Communications, Netta is responsible for leading the communications strategy for Sequoia. She works cross functionally to build and maintain trust in Sequoia and elevate the company’s brand visibility.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • MA, Strategic Communications and Leadership, Seton Hall University
  • BS, Public Relations, San Jose State University
  • Certificate, Integrated Marketing Communications, UC Berkeley

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Portrait photography
  • Exploring new cities and hiking trails
  • Volunteer/community involvement

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  — Maya Angelou

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL:

My parents, Shirley Chisholm, Rep. John Lewis

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I built a 12×8 habitable studio and have managed to prevent my children from turning it into a game room.

Manish Kumar

Manish Kumar

Principal & VP, Engineering

Manish leads Technology team and is responsible for applications and data managements, development process, strategy and overall technology solutions. Manish has over 20 years of experience as a senior technology executive and software development. At Sequoia, he focused on innovative and strategic solutions development for improved client experience for services range. Before joining Sequoia, Manish led product development teams for Employee Benefit applications, real estate services and management, systems programming and related industries, at multiple companies.

Manish holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Bangalore University, India. He is also certified in Agile development methodologies, and MS certified professional.

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Hiking, and playing cricket and ball games with kids
  • Camping, travelling and exploring new places
  • Family time and doing science projects with kids

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“There are no short cuts to any place worth going.” Beverly Sills
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Henry David Thoreau
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma

Jill E. Neilson

Jill E. Neilson

VP, Global Benefits

Jill leads a dynamic team of global benefits consultants leveraging experts through the Sequoia Global Network in 130 countries. From the development of a global HR and benefits strategy through program implementation, Jill’s team helps clients manage their global operation with a consistent and relevant approach. Jill’s role reflects her passion to be a global ambassador, making relatable connections for Sequoia clients and working with a team that deeply cares about delivering excellence.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Business Administration Program, University of Phoenix
  • Intensive Course of Study in Cultural Anthropology (Angeles Arrien)

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • International travel
  • Challenging long-distance runs with my husband

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Four Rules For Life: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results.” -Angeles Arrien

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Raising my son and being part of a loving extended family.

Joe LaSorte

Joe LaSorte

VP, Global Consulting

As VP of Global Consulting, Joe is responsible for business development for our global benefits practice, as well as the development of the global consulting services that we bring to Sequoia’s clients. He works with those clients to build and implement employee benefit strategies that attract, motivate, and retain the best employees to support the business mission, wherever the clients operate globally.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • BS in Business Administration, University of Delaware
  • Graduate work in Economics, University of Delaware
  • Member Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honor society for economics)

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Writing, playing, recording, and listening to music
  • Travelling with my equally busy wife (when we can find the time!)
  • Fitness, gardening, and politics
  • Collecting antique maps and vintage guitars

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Ansel Adams, Winston Churchill, Miles Davis, Nelson Mandela, Jackie Robinson, Frank Lloyd Wright

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Climbing Mt. Kenya, hearing my music on the radio, being quoted in the Wall Street Journal, helping our clients improve the lives of their employees.

Suzette Germano

Suzette Germano

VP, Risk Management

Suzette leads client service for property and casualty clients in the emerging risk and technology space. Building on Sequoia’s reputation as a best-in-class employee benefits insurance broker, the Risk Management team delivers a unique partnership experience for clients. Suzette leads the team in diving deep to understand a client’s business and the risks and opportunities they face to help them achieve their corporate goals.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Business Administration, General Management Option, California State University Hayward
  • Associate in Risk Management
  • Licensed Property & Casualty Broker
  • The Risk Management Society – Bay Area Chapter

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Entertaining friends and family, I love to cook and hostess
  • Travel, there’s nothing better than exploring new places with my loves
  • Reading, yoga, Peloton, gardening, floral arranging, volunteering

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” -Julia Child

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL:

My mom, who has modeled independence, resiliency, empathy and authenticity. I hope to be just like her when I grow up.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Raising two brilliant, beautiful, kind daughters while managing to grow myself personally and professionally. They’ve taught me more about myself than anyone else and their capacity for love, joy and forgiveness inspires me.

Joe Cook

Joe Cook

VP, Operations

As Vice President of Operations, Joe is responsible for leading operational groups primarily focused on the Sequoia One market. He works cross functionally to deliver high-quality products and services that our clients have come to expect from Sequoia.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • MBA, University of Utah
  • BS, Weber State University

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Family
  • Photography
  • Boating

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Nelson Mandela

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, My Parents

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

20 years (and counting) of marriage to my amazing wife and raising 3 incredible children who teach me something new each day.

Ash Sundar

Ash Sundar

VP, Finance

As Vice President, Finance, Ash is responsible for leading the finance and accounting functions of Sequoia Benefits. He works cross functionally across the company to improve processes and efficiencies, while ensuring the finance team produces accurate and actionable financial information to help drive the business.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • MS in Accounting, Wake Forest University
  • BS in Accounting, Wake Forest University
  • CPA in California, Inactive Status

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Traveling with my family
  • Tennis
  • Watching movies

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny.” — Nelson Mandela

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

My children share the same passion for travel and exploring the world as I do.

Paul Furman

Paul Furman

VP, BI & Analytics

As a VP, BI and Analytics, Paul is responsible for the entire lifecycle of data, starting with its ingestion from various internal and external sources all the way to delivering client analytics. He works cross functionally to show the value of data to internal, as well as external stakeholders.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • BSBA, San Francisco State University

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Hockey (Player and SJ Sharks fan)
  • Soccer (has been to World Cups in Japan and Germany)
  • Loves Sci-Fi

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” — Isaac Asimov

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Isaac Asimov, Rhett Butler, Mikhail Lomonosov, Peter the Great, Margaret Thatcher, my father

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Making it to the US, making it in the US

Scott Andrews

Scott Andrews

VP, Data

As VP of Data, Scott is responsible for managing all aspects of data at Sequoia. He works to deliver the highest quality analyses and predictions while ensuring strong data governance, organization, and security.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • PhD, Stanford University
  • MS, Stanford University
  • MCS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Hiking
  • Spanish
  • Playing games with my young daughter

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” Simon Sinek

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

My wife, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Being part of a wonderful and loving family

Molly Knapp

Molly Knapp

VP, 401(k) Services

As VP, 401(k) Services, Molly is responsible for leading the 401(k) team- both in adding new clients and continuing to enhance our clients’ experience. She is also involved cross functionally to grow our business and evolved our offering through innovation.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • BS, Allegheny College
  • FINRA licensed- series 6, 7 and 65

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Spending time with my husband and 2 sons
  • Running and hiking with my 2 dogs
  • Tennis, golf, reading, knitting

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.” Michael Jordan

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., Walt Disney, Richard Branson

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Raising 2 caring, smart and funny teenage boys

Jed Cloern

Jed Cloern

Principal & VP Business Consulting

As Consultant Team Leader, Jed Cloern is responsible for business development and overall satisfaction of clients. Jed works closely with the Client Service and Marketing & Support teams to ensure clients receive the best value for premiums, efficient administration, positive employee experiences, and all with flexible and scalable programs.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • California licensed Life, Accident and Health
  • BA in Business Economics, UC Santa Barbara

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Helping my wife raise 2 toddlers and a teenager
  • Enjoying my wife’s cooking
  • Enjoying the company of great friends
  • Rooting for bay area sports teams
  • Jogging (or feeling bad about not jogging)

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” Babe Ruth

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” Vince Lombardi

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Being a valued partner to people I respect in a complex and important aspect for great businesses.

Mark Mangiola

Mark Mangiola

Principal & Senior Consultant

As Consultant Team Leader, Mark Mangiola is responsible for business development and overall satisfaction of clients. Mark is proud to be the most tenured member of the Benefit Consultant team and works closely with the Client Service and Marketing & Support teams to ensure clients receive the best value for premiums, efficient administration, positive employee experiences, and all with flexible and scalable programs.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • California licensed Life, Accident and Health
  • BA in Business Economics, UC Santa Barbara

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Spending time with my wife and kids
  • Watching the 49ers/Giants/Warriors with my family
  • Playing golf very poorly
  • Playing indoor soccer
  • Spending time with family and friends

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”? John Wooden

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” John Wooden

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” John Wooden

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Working with the team at Sequoia to come through for people I care about: family, friends and business partners.

Meghna Solorio

Meghna Solorio

Principal & Director, Client Service

As a Client Service Director, Meghna Solorio oversees the emerging growth client service team. In partnering with the client service managers and benefits consultants, Meghna is responsible for making sure we are delivering exemplary client service experiences to our clients while maintaining a high performing team of dedicated Sequoia employees.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Masters in Business Administration – Majored in Human Resources and Health Care
  • Bachelors of Science – Economics
  • California licensed Life and Health

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Spending time with friends, my husband and adorable puppy
  • Reading
  • Watching foreign films
  • Love animals – volunteered at the Humane Society
  • Active member of ASPCA

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

“Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” Lao-Tzu

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

My parents – They’ve worked hard and sacrificed so much, so I could have the life I do. I’ve always admired their work ethic, the values they’ve upheld all their life and their drive to always help others in need. They both are an inspiration to me.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I traveled to America for my Masters. Funded my MBA program on my own by working and also was awarded a teaching assistantship by the Business school.

And, I am proud of working at Sequoia, being able to partner with extraordinary people in our clients and team members.

George Redmond

George Redmond

Director, Employee Advocate Services

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • BA, Public Policy & Management, University of Southern California
  • MPA, University of Southern California

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Travel and different cultures
  • Photography
  • Time with family and friends

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

MLK, Mahatma Ghandi

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Having the opportunity to travel extensively and explore different parts of the globe. And, my family, lovely wife, and beautiful young daughter.

Melissa Ellsworth

Melissa Ellsworth

Director, Talent Development

As Director of Talent Development, Melissa is responsible for partnering with leadership to hire and support future Sequoia team members, leading the recruiting team, and supporting initiatives that continue to drive our client and employee-centric culture at Sequoia.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • BS in Business Administration, emphasis Marketing, San Diego State University

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Spending time with my husband, family and friends
  • Snowboarding, running, and anything outdoors
  • Traveling

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Albert Einstein

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Julie Sharp – My strong, caring and amazing mother.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Having the opportunity to build our team at Sequoia- in turn allowing me to have a positive impact on the individual, the team and the service that we provide to our clients.

Anne Yarovoy

Anne Yarovoy

General Counsel / Director, Compliance

Serving in both a legal and compliance capacity, Anne is responsible for all aspects of Sequoia legal affairs, and she provides leadership for the company’s compliance programs, serving both the internal organization and its clientele. One of her main goals is to function as an objective body that reviews and evaluates compliance issues and ensures that rules and regulations are properly followed.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D., Certification in International Law, International Law Study at Rangsit University – Bangkok, Thailand)
  • University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., Philosophy, Minor in Russian)
  • Member, California State Bar
  • Member, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Member, Association of Corporate Counsel

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Rock Climbing
  • Travel
  • Spending as much time in the ocean as possible

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” Sun Tzu

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

My brother; those who rise every day to do something good in the world.

Ruth Buel

Ruth Buel

Director, Market Analyst Team

As Marketing and Support Manager, Ruth Buel oversees the Market Analyst team responsible for compiling market analysis presentations, creating financial analysis, building carrier relationships, researching and compiling market trend data, benchmarking and responding to client inquiries. The Marketing team partners closely with the Client Service and Sales teams to search out ways to save our clients money while allowing them to maintain a competitive and robust benefit program. Ruth focuses on making sure things are done efficiently and accurately in our fun, fast paced environment.

CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION & RELATED ORGANIZATIONS:

  • BS in Psychology, San Jose State University

HOBBIES, INTERESTS & FAMILY:

  • Hiking and Biking
  • Spending time with my husband and two children
  • Watching the Giants play and win
  • Traveling to broaden my view of the world

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

MOST INSPIRING ROLE MODEL(S):

Warren Buffett, Albert Einstein, John Lasseter

Advisory Board

Stephan Roche

Stephan Roche

Operations & Financial Strategy

Kenn Kurtz

Kenn Kurtz

Technology Strategy

Ken Goulet

Ken Goulet

Healthcare & Insurance Strategy

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