Chief Executive Officer
Les McPhearson is the CEO of United Benefit Advisors. A 15-year veteran in the insurance industry, Mr. McPhearson leads the 140-firm partnership-driven organization that serves 36,000 employers and 5 million members. His extensive background in health insurance includes executive leadership positions that span product innovation, marketing strategy and business development, including leadership positions with carriers like Trustmark, BCBSFL and Humana. Les has been a sought-after speaker at leading industry events such as the World Congress Annual Leadership Summit on Consumerism through Health Plan Innovation.
A former Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Les received his undergraduate degree at Samford University and an MBA from the University of Louisville. He is based in UBA’s Chicago, IL office.
Rob Calise, UBA Board Chairman
Principal, Cornerstone Group, a UBA Partner Firm
Rob Calise, founding partner of the Cornerstone Group, is an expert in employee benefits, financial and retirement planning, heath care compliance, and private health exchanges. As Board Chairman, Rob manages the 140-firm partnership that owns and operates UBA, a centralized source for HR products, services, and back office and compliance support serving 36,000 employers, representing 5 million employees and their families. UBA places $16.5 billion in insurance annually with yearly revenues exceeding $400 million.
Rob sits on the boards of numerous insurance councils and human resource associations, and is a featured speaker at leading industry events. He is often quoted in the news and serves as a regular contributor to Employee Benefit Advisor's private exchange news outlet, HIX-News.com.
Linda Rowings, JD
Chief Compliance Officer
Linda is responsible for providing assistance to member firms and their clients on a variety of compliance issues that affect fully insured and self-funded plans, including, but not limited to, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Linda holds the Fellow, Life Management Institute designation.
UBA has Experts Available on the most relevant topics, including:
- Health Care Reform
- Insurance Exchanges
- Wellness plans
- Self- funding
- Changing role of brokers