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John Kosharek - 3530 Stonemoor Drive, Janesville, WI 53546 - 608.921.8084 - jk d281d0@westpost.

net Profile Experienced professional with strong background in benefits coordination. Strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work effectively with individuals as well as in a team environment. a Demonstrated knowledge of benefits terminology, plan designs, industry practic e, and compliance. a Ability to identify issues, research causes, recommend solutions, and follow t hrough to completion. a Knowledge of pertinent federal and state regulations, filing and compliance re quirements affecting employee benefit programs, including ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, AD A, Medicare, Social Security and DOL requirements. a Ability to interact successfully with internal colleagues, external vendors, c onsultants and benefits plan participants. Professional Experience GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION, Janesville, WI 1986 - 2010 Benefits Representative (1993-2010) Administered and managed employee benefit plans including renewal, open enrollm ent and implementation of new plans. Ensured that benefit plans and activities were in compliance with applicable state and federal regulations including HIPAA . Served as primary contact for vendors and third party administrators. Maintain ed employee benefit files and updated benefit records. Responded to employee ben efit inquiries and needs. Assisted in resolving issues between employees and car rier. Coordinated and distributed materials for benefit orientation and open enr ollment. Communicated benefit information to employees to enhance their understa nding of company's benefit packages. Provided training and support to staff and employees. Administered the company pension plan including determining eligibili ty, calculating pension estimates, and preparing and reviewing pension applicati ons. Participated in grievance hearings between employees and vendors as an inde pendent. Attended several educational opportunities such as problem-solving , le adership, interpersonal communication, and quality management. General Assembler (1986-1993) Assembled automobiles and trucks at assigned work stations on moving assembly li ne. Performed tasks according to specifications. Used hand tools, power tools, a nd welding equipment. Followed safety standards. FRANK BROTHERS, INC., Milton, WI 1976 - 1986 Operating Engineer Operated heavy equipment such as bulldozers, front-end loaders, backhoes, scrap ers, and motor graders. Repaired and maintained equipment to ensure good workin g order for safety standards. Education Resident Intermediary Individual Accident and Health, Life License - State of Wi sconsin (September 2010) Kaplan Financial Education - Wisconsin Life, Accident, and Health Certificate of Pre-licensing Education (August 2010). Madison Area Technical College - Journeyman Meatcutter Apprenticeship. Milton High School - High School Diploma