Speakers

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Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant (ChFEBCSM)

Brian Benham

For over 20 years, Brian Benham has assisted over 6,000 Mid-Western families with tax and retirement planning. Over the second half of his career, he has been focused on serving as an advisor and educator for Federal Employees in the FERS and CSRS benefit plans.

As the National Director of Federal Edge, Brian’s experience and training make him uniquely qualified to conduct educational presentations – and work one-on-one in his private practice – helping Federal Employees fully understand their FERS/CSRS benefits as they plan a financially safe and secure retirement.

In his role as a Federal Retirement System National Instructor, Brian also teaches CPAs, Attorneys, Insurance Agents and Financial Professionals, about the complexities of FERS and CSRS to help them better serve their own clients retiring from Federal positions.

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Patrick Harkin

Patrick Harkin (Carolina Beach, NC) Patrick retired from the U. S. Postal Service with nearly 35 years of government service in many different positions including five as Postmaster numerous details to USPS Headquarters, Regional & Area Headquarters and numerous OIC/Acting Postmaster positions, finishing his career as Manager, Operations Programs Support for the Greensboro District. He also served in the U. S. Air Force and the Iowa Air National Guard.
Patrick studied Accounting and Business Law at Drake University and Iowa State University.
Patrick was born and raised in Iowa and moved to North Carolina in 2000 as a promotion to Postmaster of Shelby NC. Upon retiring from the Postal Service Patrick realized there is a huge gap of knowledge and understanding for postal and federal employees about their benefits and really no one true source to go to get definitive answers.
Patrick has taken training and has been certified as a Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant (ChFEBC℠ ) and is re-certified each year. He is able to discuss all the federal benefits programs with employees and family members both active and retired.
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Calvin Bagley

Retired from the US Postal Service January 2010 with 33 years of civil service. Calvin started as a letter carrier and served in various positions such as Supervisor, Superintendant Post Office, and several Postmaster positions along with my OIC (Officer in Charge Details along with several Headquarter Assignments. Calvin retired as Manager Post Office Operations with 80 Postmasters assigned to him.

Calvin served in the US Air Force 4 years and was a Police Officer for 4 years. Calvin received his BS Degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Calvin has taken training and has been certified as a Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant (ChFEBC℠ ) and is re-certified each year. He is able to discuss all the federal benefits programs with employees and family members both active and retired.

Calvin presently is licensed in 25 states. Calvin has spent the last seven years educating and assisting Federal Employees in maximizing their retirements. I have had the pleasure to work with numerous Federal agencies, ATF, Customs Border Patrol, immigration, FBI, Social Security, FSA and many more federal agencies.

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Dr. Carolee Dasher

Doctorate of Jurisprudence,
B.S.W., N.A.S.S.A

For over 20 years, Dr. Carolee Dasher has advocated through various government agencies with a commitment to helping American families.  She is a Representative of F.F.E.B.A. and National Director of Fedweek Knowledge program offering free Benefit Analysis and a Fedweek Publication.

As a nationally recognized instructor, advisor, and advocate for federal employee benefits, she authored several federal employee benefits’ publications focusing on the impact of retirement options under special situations such as a VER, RIF and Furlough during a government reorganization.  She continuously provides her clients, organizations, and unions of proposed or current legislation that may affect federal employee benefits.

As an F.F.E.B.A. speaker, her presentations provide insight for innovation and creative problem-solving to help federal employees navigate through the complexities of federal retirement systems and maximize their benefits and savings.  Ms. Dasher provides one on one personalized education sessions along with tools that are crucial to planning for secure financial futures.

Dr. Dasher is a federal contractor and vendor and is actively involved in many organizations aimed at assisting working American families including but not limited to the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, (NAIFA), National Ethics Association (NEA) and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).  She is also a prospect for the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Brad Pate

Brad Pate started working with State of Florida employees by offering insurance benefits through payroll deduction over 20 years ago. After a very successful tenure, he started his own company working with Federal/Postal employees by offering them insurance benefits and financial planning through payroll deduction. At the time, no one company in the country had ever been able to offer a broad range of insurance benefits and financial planning products to Federal/Postal employees through payroll deduction.

Brad was told by many companies that offering a full portfolio to Federal/Postal employees through payroll was near impossible. That was all he needed to hear to start his own very successful business. He has provided retirement and benefits seminars to groups as large 550 and as small as 20 employees. Brad has helped other financial planning radio shows that need help dealing with the needs of Federal employees.

Johnny Rosier

Johnny Rosier

Johnny’s experience providing benefits & retirement programs for state employees, public educators and federal employees spans over 40 years.

Johnny’s experience and training make him uniquely qualified to conduct educational presentations – and work one-on-one in his private practice – helping Federal Employees fully understand their FERS/CSRS benefits as they plan a financially safe and secure retirement.

Johnny and his team travel nationally providing benefits educational seminars teaching CPAs, Attorneys, Insurance Agents and Financial Professionals, about the complexities of FERS and CSRS to help them better serve their own clients retiring from Federal positions.

Johnny has taken training and has been certified as a Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant (ChFEBC℠ ) and is re-certified each year. He is able to discuss all the federal benefits programs with employees and family members both active and retired.

Gary Babbitt

Retired from the military May 2018 with 23 years of accomplished active duty service. Gary started in the Navy in 1993 and performed duties as a Gunners Mate and Master At Arms. Gary then joined the North Carolina Air National Guard in February 2005 as a member of the 145th Security Forces Squadron and a CATM (Combat Arms Training and Maintenance) weapons instructor.

Gary was born in Rhode Island and moved to North Carolina in 2001 where he was also a Sheriff’s Deputy for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for 8 years. Gary received an Associates degree for Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force.

Gary has a vast knowledge of the benefits that are available for all facets of government employees to include: active duty, federal technicians, reservists, civilian government employees/contractors and retirees to ensure that they have a proper understanding of what their entitlements are and how to assist them in obtaining them.