miEdge Co-Founder and Chief Data Officer Receives National Honor

AMHERST- Richard Lowney, a resident of Amherst, received the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Jeremiah Milbank Gold Medallion award at the organization’s National Conference in Dallas recently.

This prestigious award is the organization’s highest honor for board volunteers. It recognizes exemplary service of national significance to the Movement. Past recipients include President Jimmy Carter who also championed America’s youth.

With more than 3,000 people, from all 50 states in attendance, Lowney was applauded for his decades of service to New Hampshire’s youth, and to boys and girls throughout the country.

Since 1983, the New Hampshire businessman has helped raise money and awareness, and affect policy to advance the programs that serve more than 31,000 children in New Hampshire’s 13 Boys & Girls Clubs. Lowney is President of the NH Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.

Lowney was honored for raising the standards of board engagement, while inspiring and mentoring future generations of youth and board leaders, laying the groundwork that continues to encourage others to strive for excellence in helping children who need support the most.

The Jeremiah Milbank National Gold Medallion was first minted in 2008, named in honor of a man known for his kindness and generosity. A 1942 graduate of Yale, Milbank then served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II, and after the war earned his M.B.A. from Harvard. He then began his career in private finance and investment. With a focus on giving back, Milbank helped millions of Americans through his philanthropic spirit and humanitarian efforts. 

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miEdge taps industry sales veteran Chris Arcoleo as Vice President National Accounts

New Boston, NH – April 11th, 2017, miEdge™ today announced the exciting addition of Chris Arcoleo as Vice President National Accounts. Chris brings a wealth of experience in new customer acquisition for both brokerages, benefit platforms and exchange portals.  Chris will continue to develop miEdge National Account customer acquisitions.

Darin Vick, miEdge Chief Sales Officer comments “I am thrilled to welcome a world class talent like Chris to miEdge.  His wealth of experience and leadership in the insurance industry will be invaluable in helping miEdge cement its market leading position as the premiere data provider to the insurance industry.” 

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miEdge Releases 2017 Top 10 large-group vision carriers in the U.S.

New Boston, NH – March 28th, 2017, miEdge™ the premiere provider of Form 5500 health & welfare prospect and data analytic solutions in conjunction with Employee Benefit Advisor, announced the 2017 market place ranking* for the top 10 large-group vision insurance carriers.

#10 Ameritas
#9  Aetna
#8  Anthem
#7 Chubb
#6 HM Insurance Group
#5 Guardian
#4 Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company
#3 United Healthcare
#2 EyeMed
#1 VSP

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miEdge Releases 2017 Top 10 large-group dental carriers in the U.S.

New Boston, NH – March 17th, 2017, miEdge™ the premiere provider of Form 5500 prospect and data analytic solutions in conjunction with Employee Benefit Advisor, announced the 2017 list for the Top 10 large group Dental Insurance Carriers. 

#10 United Healthcare
#9 Anthem
#8 Delta Dental of New Jersey
#7 United Concordia
#6 Delta Dental of Michigan
#5 Guardian
#4 Cigna
#3 Aetna
#2 Delta Dental of California
#1 MetLife

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miEdge Co-founder and Chief Data Officer advocates for NH Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington, DC

New Boston NH - Richard Lowney, miEdge Co-Founder and Chief Data Officer and his wife Lynda Lowney traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for the 31,000 children served by New Hampshire’s 13 Boys & Girls Clubs. Lowney is President of the NH Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. Lynda Lowney is also a long-time supporter, having served on the board of the Souhegan Boys and Girls Club.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America convened a consortium of thought leaders in Washington to discuss the crisis facing America’s youth, their communities and law enforcement. Boys & Girls club executives and youth members from 40 states participated in round tables, and meetings with a total of 80 Senators and 149 House members. Law enforcement and drug enforcement professionals also participated in the discussions. 

With a Club in every Congressional District, Boys & Girls Clubs of America took the first step in establishing a public-private partnership to create an action-focused group that will build bridges in communities around the country where police shootings and violence have disconnected many youth; and drugs continue to destroy lives.

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miEdge™ Releases fully customizable Salesforce CRM integration on the AppExchange

New Boston, NH – January 17th, 2017- miEdge, the premier provider of prospecting data and analytic solutions to the insurance industry, announced today the completion of its integration to Salesforce CRM. This is the most advanced integration by a Form 5500 data prospecting solution to offer Employee Benefits, Financial Services and Property & Casualty professionals connectivity to the Salesforce CRM platform.

The miEdge Salesforce CRM integration allows customers to match and append their lead or account data as well as keep the records updated with the latest data on an ongoing basis. miEdge uses its proprietary business logic and unique numbering system to provide the cleanest and most up to date information on the market. miEdge Enterprise subscribers now have the combined benefits of both the data-rich miEdge prospecting solution and the full range of Salesforce tools for an unprecedented competitive advantage.

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miEdge in conjunction with SourceMedia provides the 2016 top 50 large-group employee benefits brokerages in the U.S.

New Boston, NH – January 12th, 2017, miEdge™ the premier provider of Form 5500 health & welfare, financial and analytic solutions, announced market place ranking* for the top 50 large-group employee benefits insurance brokerages in the U.S. 

Mark Smith, Founder & CEO of miEdge comments, "This ranking is unique, independent and provides very interesting analysis. The top 50 brokers and consultants on this list now control 57% of the current Large Group commissions. Although this is only up 500 basis points on 2015 it represents over $300 million in additional commissions. We see this trend continuing for the forseeable future with continued consolidation and new entrants to the marketplace like the recent announcement of Alera Group.  Mercer is still the industry leader with the merger of Towers and Willis cementing 2nd place.”

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miEdge™ donates new iMac and printer to New Boston Central School

New Boston, NH – December 7th, 2016, Students at New Boston Central School, New Boston, NH are taking another step up in technology thanks to the donation of a new iMac desktop computer and color printer from miEdge. Mark Smith, Founder and CEO of the New Boston based miEdge, presented the new iMac to Principal, Tori Underwood on October 13th, 2016.

Mark Smith, Founder and CEO said, “As a business owner in New Boston, I am excited to help my local school district acquire new technology, since I know it can be a lengthy process to acquire funding for new computers and other technology for teachers, para-professionals and students. New and current technology is critical to student’s education in today’s world.”


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10 things benefits pros should know about 5500s but probably don’t

#10 Employers with a health and welfare benefit plan with 100 or more participants on the first day of the ERISA plan year are required to file an annual Form 5500 and related schedules
Employers with fewer than 100 participants are generally not required to file an annual Form 5500 unless the benefits are funded through a trust or a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA). If the ERISA Plan is under a Trust or MEWA, the Form 5500 is required to be filed regardless of the number of participants. Additionally governmental and true church plans [as defined under ERISA section 3(33)] are exempt from the filing requirements.  Please note: Participant counts for a health and welfare Form 5500 include enrolled employees, former employees enrolled under COBRA, retirees (if applicable) and those eligible for COBRA but have not yet elected coverage.

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miEdge Chief Data Officer, Richard V Lowney Honored by Boys and Girls Clubs

New Boston, NH - November 1st, 2016, Boys and Girls Clubs of America presented its prestigious “Heart of the Region Award” to New Hampshire Alliance board President, Richard Lowney. The award is the organization’s highest regional honor bestowed upon board members. Lowney, an Amherst resident, received the award at the BGCA 2016 Northeast Leadership Conference on October 27, in Manchester, NH.

Dusty Miller, BGCA National Area Council Board Member, stated “Rich Lowney is an invaluable leader and inspiration to Boys & Girls Clubs not only in New Hampshire, but throughout New England and across the country.”

The award recognizes Lowney for his outstanding dedication to the Boys and Girls Club Movement. Lowney was raised in Malden, Massachusetts and is a proud alumnus of the Charlestown, Massachusetts Boys & Girls Club.

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