About Nexus Benefit Consulting

Using your current carrier’s services or others, we strategically reposition your benefit plans to dovetail perfectly with your employee’s needs. A custom design delivering unmatched benefits with the highest return on investment possible


Joseph P. CortelliPresident / Co-Founder: Joseph P. Cortelli

Joseph Cortelli is the founder and president of Nexus Benefit Consulting and has been placing ducks in a row for corporate clients since 1995. Beginning his career processing claims and answering calls for Oxford Health Plans, Joe learned the business from the ground up quickly rising to Customer Service Manager. Shortly after, he made the transition to sales; selling and servicing medical accounts such as Doubleclick.com and Datek Online.

Joe became certified as an insurance underwriter at United Health Care, expanding his knowledge of employee benefits and broadening his expertise to include dental group disability and life insurance programs. Clients included companies such as JCrew and Hugo Boss.

In 2003, Joe was recruited by Aetna to continue selling the Aetna portfolio through "A" level brokers like Mercer, AON and Willis, playing an important part in the early stages of Aetna’s turnaround. In 2005, he was named by Aetna as the number one sales representative for group insurance cross sales in the northeast and was awarded the Pinnacle Award for outstanding sales in 2006, selling an average of $21 million in premiums per year.

In 2006, HSBC recruited Joe to help lead the expansion of its group employee benefits department. During his first 12 months he sold and managed $4 million of premiums. Shortly after, he was promoted to Practice Leader of the Group Insurance division and continues to manage HSBC’s benefit customers.


Director of Sales / Co-Founder Christopher Efthymiou

Chris has over 15 years of executive level sales and management experience in the insurance brokerage industry. He was a founding member of the first bank-owned insurance brokerage, JPMorgan Insurance Brokerage & Advisory Services (NSE: JPM), and began his career at Oxford Health Plans, both in New York City. In addition Chris founded the group insurance brokerage of HealthPlanOne, Inc, a web-based individual and Medicare insurance brokerage.

Chris has extensive benefits consulting experience ranging from fully-insured benefits plans and products for small and mid-sized businesses, to fully self-funded, large multi-national companies. In the past, Chris has lead teams handling such accounts as Scudder Kemper Investments and Nixon Peabody LLP.

In addition to his responsibilities as a team leader of our middle market sales team, he will be developing and expanding Nexus’ capabilities for our micro business quote engine. As a sister company to Nexus, Chris founded HealthInsuranceGeeks.com a business started to address the unique needs of employer groups with between 2-10 employees. Health Insurance Geeks employs a proprietary quoting tool that insures that micro business always receives the best rates at the most affordable premiums available in the industry. It goes without saying that Chris is the head geek!

Chris earned his B.A. from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Chris brokerage insurance license for life & health and property & casualty programs.


Michael A. StarvaggiEmployment Attorney: Michael A. Starvaggi

Michael A. Starvaggi is an attorney, admitted to practice in the states of New York and New Jersey. His practice consists of representing and counseling businesses in mergers and acquisitions, contractual matters, FMLA and other compliance issues and litigation. Michael provide our clients with expert independent counsel on all employment related issues.

Mr. Starvaggi’s professional experience has been highlighted by transactional and litigation work at large and small New York City based firms, including Thacher Proffitt & Wood, where he specialized in representing large corporate clients in asset-based finance transactions and multi-tiered commercial transactions. He has also worked at Matthew Bender/Lexis Publishing as the Legal Editor of some of the leading national treatises on commercial finance, including Asset Based Financing, Equipment Leasing, Secured Transactions Under the Uniform Commercial Code and Letters of Credit.

Michaels professional experience has been highlighted Michael graduated with Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa Honors Fordham University and hold his Juris Doctor degree from Forham Law School.


Lena BodinLena Bodin: HR/OD Business Partner

Lena Bodin is the president and CEO of People Resource Strategies ("PRS"), a professional organizational development consulting firm which partners with businesses to develop and implement strategies that drive a company's most valuable resource, its human capital. PRS specializes in designing comprehensive solutions to enhance Organizational Effectiveness and create a strong HR infrastructure.

Ms. Bodin joins the Nexus team bringing twenty years of senior level experience with more than a decade in Investment Banking and Financial Services, mostly in senior line management capacities with responsibilities for multi-million dollar revenue budgets, working with Fortune 500 clients in the financial, pharmaceuticals, and service industries.

Ms. Bodin’s human resources experience has been strategic in nature-working with start-ups and emerging companies to mature organizations to help align human resources with their business plans. She has also been instrumental in developing exit strategies for companies in the transition phase. Her business oriented view of human resources allows her to bring multiple viewpoints to any situation; from exclusively human issues to more esoteric bottom-line considerations.

Ms. Bodin’s edge is her wealth of experience in both operations and human resources, coupled with her MBA in Organizational Behavior and a BBA in Human Resource Management. Ms. Bodin also holds the prestigious SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources) designation along with various organizational assessment methodology certifications and is a certified master level facilitator and trainer. She is a member of National SHRM and its local chapters and several regional business associations. She currently serves on the Board of the Westchester Human Resource Management Association as Legislative Chair and sits on Board of the Rockland Business Association.

lena@4prs.com; People Resource Strategies websitewww.4prs.com

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