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Simple Health and Schacknow Family Foundation Donate $35,000 To Indy Women in Tech’s South Florida Expansion and Partnership with Keiser University

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– April 10, 2018 – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – April 10, 2018 – Simple Health and the Schacknow Family Foundation donated $35,000 to Indy Women in Tech Monday, to help jump start the nonprofit’s efforts to help South Florida women entering, re-entering or transitioning their careers into tech and STEM roles.

The successful Indianapolis based nonprofit has chosen South Florida as the first site of its national expansion and is partnering with Keiser University to help grow the area’s technology industry workforce.

“We are excited and honored to be part of such a revolutionary nonprofit’s efforts to help the South Florida community,” said Simple Health President and CEO Steve Dorfman. “South Florida’s technology industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Our investment with Indy Women in Tech in the South Florida community will help advance the local tech workforce for years to come.”

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jim Patronis agreed.

“A talented workforce gives us an edge, and STEM education is a major component of the workforce development,” said Patronis, adding that diversifying the state’s workforce is only part of the mission. “It’s important that the gender gap is something that we address. We’re making a concerted effort. We’re putting our money where our mouth is, and Indy Women in Tech certainly fits this goal.

According to Jody Dedon, executive director of Indy Women in Tech, South Florida is the perfect place for the nonprofit to grow their program.

“We’ve been here a few hours and the wheels are already turning,” said Dedon, adding that the non-profit has lined-up additional partners including Israel Bonds, Palm Beach attorney Sharma Schacknow and the Schacknow Foundation who donated and additional $10,000 to IWiT’s efforts on April. 9. “This program is going to make a great difference in South Florida.”

Since its founding in 2016, Indy Women in Tech has partnered with multiple organizations, including the Eleven Fifty Academy and Conner Prairie, to provide women with required training, education and mentoring to pursue a career in STEM.

“So, Keiser University joining forces with Indy Women in Technology South Florida efforts was a natural partnership,” said Keiser University president Gary B. Vonk.

“This is a perfect fit for us,” said Vonk, who first learned of Indy Women in Tech through Schacknow, who is helping IWiT on a volunteer basis to get them established in the Sunshine State. “We’re proud to be part of it.”

The university has already planned summer STEM programs for middle school girls and is planning a golf tournament to benefit the non-profit.

“This strategic partnership between these two non-profits, Indy Women in Technology and Keiser University, is a winning combination,” said Dorfman. “We are always looking for sound community investment opportunities. Preparing young women to start careers in STEM will provide innumerable benefits to the women who participate in the program at Keiser University, the business community and the community as a whole.”

Simple Health is a full-service insurance brokerage firm serving all 50 states. The company connects consumers with affordable health and life insurance options, ensuring individuals and families get the health insurance coverage they want and need. To learn more about Simple Health visit www.simplehealthplans.com.


Simple Health Donates $25,000 To Indy Women in Tech’s South Florida Expansion and Partnership with Keiser University

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– April 9, 2018 – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – April 9, 2018 – Simple Health presented a $25,000 check to Indy Women in Tech this afternoon, to help jump start the nonprofit’s efforts to help South Florida women entering, re-entering or transitioning their careers into tech and STEM roles.

The successful Indianapolis based nonprofit has chosen South Florida as the first site of its national expansion and is partnering with Keiser University to help grow the area’s technology industry workforce.

“We are excited and honored to be part of such a revolutionary nonprofit’s efforts to help the South Florida community,” said Simple Health President and CEO Steve Dorfman. “South Florida’s technology industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Indy Women in Tech’s investment in the South Florida community will help advance the local tech workforce for years to come.”

According to Dan Towriss, with Indy Women in Tech, South Florida is the perfect place for the nonprofit to grow their program.

“South Florida is a region with a lot of progressive movement and continued growth opportunities for business,” said Towriss, who is also senior managing director at Guggenheim Insurance. “However, business cannot succeed without a workforce that’s ready for careers in a technology-based economy.”

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jim Patronis agrees.

“For Florida remain competitive, and appeal to the technology companies who can bring thousands of new jobs to the state, we need a highly educated and highly diverse workforce,” said Patronis. “So, we welcome Indy Women in Tech’s efforts to train South Florida women for jobs in STEM.”

Since its founding in 2016, Indy Women in Tech has partnered with multiple organizations, including the Eleven Fifty Academy and Conner Prairie, to provide women with required training, education and mentoring to pursue a career in STEM.

To accomplish this goal in South Florida, Indy Women in Technology is joining forces with Keiser University.

“This strategic partnership between these two non-profits, Indy Women in Technology and Keiser University, is a winning combination,” said Dorfman. “We are always looking for sound community investment opportunities. Preparing young women to start careers in STEM will provide innumerable benefits to the women who participate in the program at Keiser University, the business community and the community as a whole.”

About Simple Health
Simple Health is a full-service insurance brokerage firm serving all 50 states. The company connects consumers with affordable health and life insurance options, ensuring individuals and families get the health insurance coverage they want and need. To learn more about Simple Health visit www.simplehealthplans.com.

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Simple Health President and CEO Steve Dorfman recently presented a $25,000 check to Indy Women in Tech’s Dan Towriss, to help jump start the nonprofit’s efforts to help South Florida women entering, re-entering or transitioning their careers into tech and STEM roles. The successful Indianapolis based nonprofit has chosen South Florida as the first site of its national expansion and is partnering with Keiser University to help grow the area’s technology industry workforce.


Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of March 26, 2018

Insurance

Kimberly O’Connell-Calvo has joined national insurance brokerage firm Simple Health and its sister company Simple Insurance Leads as their chief marketing officer, based in Fort Lauderdale. She was previously head of online sales and senior vice president of digital marketing at Intermex Wire Transfer. O’Connell-Calvo has a bachelor’s in management information systems from Florida International University.

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Simple Health Donates $10,000 To Miami Marlins' RBI Program


FORT LAUDERDALE - March 16, 2018 - In a grand slam move, Simple Health President Steven Dorfman presented a $10,000 check to the Miami Marlins' Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program during the Marlins' recent Spring Swing. Marlins President and CEO Derek Jeter greeted all of the attendees at the fundraising event, which took place at Topgolf in Miami Gardens.

The Marlins RBI is an invitational sports-based youth program designed to promote interest in baseball, academic achievement and social responsibility in underserved areas of South Florida.

"We know that the Marlins' RBI program has been a force for change in the community," said Simple Health President and CEO Steve Dorfman. "We're humbled and honored to be part of the Marlins' efforts, to help inner city youth reach their potential academically and on the baseball diamond."

The program offers free, instructional, and competitive summer baseball and fast pitch softball for youth ages 13-18, with the Marlins supplying uniforms, umpires and equipment to more than 500 children annually.

Simple Health is a full-service insurance brokerage firm serving all 50 states. The company connects consumers with affordable health and life insurance options, ensuring individuals and families get the health insurance coverage they want and need. To learn more about Simple Health visit www.simplehealthplans.com.


Kimberly O'Connell-Calvo named Chief Marketing Officer for Simple Health and Simple Insurance Leads


FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - March 13, 2018 - PRLog -- Kimberly O'Connell-Calvo has joined national insurance brokerage firm Simple Health and its sister company Simple Insurance Leads as their Chief Marketing Officer.

O'Connell-Calvo brings 14-years of experience in eCommerce and strategic marketing to the Fort Lauderdale based companies.

"Kimberly has an unparalleled amount knowledge of digital marketing and the eCommerce industry. I know that her insight will help strengthen our brands and improve our customers' digital experience," said Steve Dorfman, CEO of Simple Health and Simple Insurance Leads. "We are excited to have her join our team, and to have her help us take our companies to the next level."

In her new role, O'Connell-Calvo will focus her initial efforts on customer acquisition and retention, category awareness and identifying new efficient growth drivers. Before joining Simple Health and Simple Insurance Leads, O'Connell-Calvo was head of online sales and senior vice president of Digital Marketing at Intermex Wire Transfer, where she was responsible for launching the company's online sales channel and was responsible for all digital marketing programs aimed at customer acquisition. Prior to that, she was associate vice president of digital marketing and eCommerce for TracFone Wireless, where she managed an 11-person team and delivered year over year customer acquisition and revenue growth in excess of 325 percent. O'Connell-Calvo earned her bachelor's degree in business administration of management information systems from Florida International University. About Simple Health Simple Health is a full-service insurance brokerage firm serving all 50 states. The company connects consumers with affordable health and life insurance options, ensuring individuals and families get the health insurance coverage they want and need. To learn more about Simple Health visit www.simplehealthplans.com.

About Simple Insurance Leads Simple Insurance Leads is a performance based, lead generation network committed to generating and delivering high quality leads across the nation. The firm leverages the reach of its cross-channel performance marketing partners and its proprietary technology, to deliver results above industry standards. To learn more about Simple Insurance Leads visit www.simpleinsuranceleads.com.


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