Senior Management

lombardo2.jpgSamuel N. Lombardo
Chairman and CEO of The Benecon Group and ConnectCare3
Mr. Lombardo has over 32 years of experience in all aspects of the insurance industry. Much of his time is spent strategically planning for the continued growth and success of The Benecon Group.

Sam is a well known insurance entrepreneur whose companies gained national recognition when they were listed four different times by Inc. Magazine as one of the "500 Fastest Growing Companies in America."

One of Lombardo's earlier successes was the creation of health insurance purchasing cooperatives for municipalities. The success of this program led to the formation of Inter-Municipal Insurance Services (IMIS) in 1992. In 1997, The Benecon Group was formed through the merger of the benefits division of S.N. Lombardo Insurance Brokers and IMIS.



MKirkcredKateFrese_1Web_2.jpgMatthew Kirk
President of The Benecon Group and ConnectCare3
Reporting directly to the company Chairman and CEO, Sam Lombardo, Matt oversees all Benecon operations including Producer Services, Consulting Services, Government Services, Actuarial and Compliance Services, Sales and Marketing and Finance.

Previously, Matt worked as a public finance banker and in the financial consulting field.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Sweeney Scholar.  In addition, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).

Matt earned the Certified Self Funding Specialist® (CSFS®) designation from Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA).


callihan.jpgJoel E. Callihan, ARM
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Callihan joined with Mr. Lombardo in 1992 to form Inter-Municipal Insurance Service, Inc. which in 1997 evolved into The Benecon Group. Prior to the formation of IMIS, Mr. Callihan worked for over 15 years in various key municipal management positions including Director of Finance, Assistant Township Manager and Township Manager. In these positions, Mr. Callihan was responsible for all aspects of the municipalities group benefits programs and other insurance.
He graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and earned the Associate in Risk Management certification from the Insurance Institute of America in December 1996.




Brad Kopcha, FSA, MAAA
Executive Vice President, Business Development & Client Services
Mr. Kopcha joined The Benecon Group in September 2008. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).

Mr. Kopcha started his career with Deloitte Consulting in NYC after graduating from Penn State University with a degree in Actuarial Science. Prior to joining The Benecon Group he worked for 10 years in the actuary department at Capital BlueCross. In October 2011 Mr. Kopcha was selected by Central Penn Business Journal as one of the Top 40 Business Executives under the age of 40.



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