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Insurance Industry Veteran Denise Stefan Joins Engage PEO’s Executive Team

Stefan brings unique PEO carrier experience to lead continued evolution of  Engage’s insurance solutions.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – October 4, 2016 – Engage PEO, a leading professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., today announced the appointment of Denise Stefan as president of Engage Insurance, LLC. In this role, Stefan will lead strategic planning efforts for Engage Insurance and will direct the company in fulfilling its mission of providing stable, cost-effective insurance solutions to Engage clients.

Since 2010, Stefan served as the PEO market head for Aetna’s national accounts division where she was responsible for the sales, finance, regulatory and account service aspects of Aetna’s PEO business segment. From 1994 to 2008, Stefan led various small and middle market sales and account management teams for Aetna in Connecticut and Florida. She also served as vice president of sales and strategic development for Advantica Eyecare, a national vision and dental carrier, from 2008 to 2010.

“Denise is a polished executive and is an exciting addition to the Engage executive team,” said Jay Starkman, CEO of Engage PEO. “Her experience owning the PEO division at Aetna, Engage’s long-time health insurance partner, enables her to bring to Engage expertise and a perspective unique amongst all PEOs. She knows PEOs, understands the changing dynamics of the health care marketplace and knows how to build strategic insurance programs that help businesses grow and remain competitive.”

Stefan received her master's degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut as well as a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Connecticut School of Business. She is a licensed life and health insurance agent and a former member of the board of directors for Easter Seals Tampa Bay and a current board member of The Other Side of the Dunes, a nonprofit organization that supports wounded veterans. 

“Engage is among the country’s fastest growing private companies for many reasons,” said Stefan. “One being its ability to remain at the forefront of providing high quality solutions, including leading-edge employee benefits and services to clients. The goal of Engage Insurance is to continue this legacy and grow even stronger as a trusted adviser to businesses and a thought leader in the PEO industry. I am thrilled to join this extraordinary team.”

Engage provides turn-key, ACA-compliant benefits to businesses through the Engage Private Corporate Exchange and its streamlined Simple Business offering. 

“Looking ahead, we must keep innovating as well as anticipating market drivers and the needs of businesses and their employees,” said Starkman. “With Denise and her team in place and the help of industry-leading partners such as Aetna and others, Engage can continue to deliver the very best solutions available to PEO clients, the greatest value and the highest level of service.”

About Engage PEO
Engage PEO delivers comprehensive HR solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, sharpening their competitive advantage. Comprised of the industry’s most respected veteran professional employer organization executives, certified HR professionals and attorneys, Engage PEO provides hands-on, expert HR services and counsel to help clients minimize cost and maximize efficiency for stronger business performance. The company’s superior service offering includes a full range of health and workers’ compensation insurance products, payroll technology and tax administration, risk management services and advanced technology as part of an extensive suite of HR services. In 2016, Engage PEO was named 127th on Inc. magazine’s list of the 5000 fastest growing companies.


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