Virginia Tech made the final game for head coach Frank Beamer a memorable one, beating Tulsa 55-52 in a record-setting performance at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 26. Beamer retired at the end of the 2015 season after 29 seasons as the Hokies’ head coach. The win marked the 11th bowl win for Beamer, who won three of his final four bowl games. Beamer guided the Hokies to a 238-121-2 record and retired with an overall record of 280-144-4 over a 35-year coaching career.
Under Beamer, Tech football enjoyed unprecedented success with 23 consecutive bowl appearances - the longest current bowl streak as recognized by the NCAA - four ACC titles, five ACC Coastal Division crowns, three BIG EAST Conference titles, two “major” bowl victories, six BCS appearances and a trip to the national championship game in 1999.
Tech won the BIG EAST title in 1995 and 1999, and shared it in 1996. Beamer was voted BIG EAST Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches each of those seasons and was tabbed the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2005.
In 1997, he was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, becoming the first active coach at the university to be honored in that fashion. Following the 1999 season, he earned eight national coach of the year honors.
During his undergraduate days at Tech, Beamer started three years as a cornerback and played on the Hokies’ 1966 and 1968 Liberty Bowl teams.
The 69-year-old Hillsville, Virginia, product began as an assistant at Radford High School from 1969 through 1971. Then, after one season as a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland, he went to The Citadel where he worked five seasons under Bobby Ross and one year under Art Baker. His last two years at The Citadel, Beamer was the defensive coordinator. In 1979, he went to Murray State as the defensive coordinator under Mike Gottfried. He was named head coach at MSU in 1981 and went on to compile a six-year record of 42-23-2.
He is married to the former Cheryl Oakley of Richmond, Virginia. They have two children, Shane, a former member of his dad’s football team at Virginia Tech and now the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at the University of Georgia; and daughter Casey, a 2003 graduate of Tech. He has four grandchildren, Sutton, Olivia and Hunter, children of Shane and his wife, Emily, while Casey, who married former Virginia Tech wrestler Canaan Prater in 2012, has a 1-year old son, Hudson.
Beamer was born in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and grew up in Hillsville, Virginia. At Hillsville High, he earned 11 varsity letters as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball.
An avid NASCAR fan, Beamer has been the official starter for races at Bristol Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.
Beamer had his No. 25 jersey retired by Tech in a pregame ceremony before the Marshall game in 2002.
Rodger A. Bayne
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He has been an activist for health care reform since 1987 and a champion for small employers’ rights and access to health care value. In 1992, he conducted one of Maryland’s first public health care reform rallies.
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Upon graduation from Rider College with a BS in Commerce, Stephen Honig began his career in employee benefits in 1981. Focusing on larger employers, his practice expanded to include services for Section 125 Cafeteria Plan administration in 1987. He earned his CFCI (Certification in Flexible Compensation as an Instructor) designation with honors in 1999 through the Employer's Council in Flexible Compensation.
Understanding the value of consumer education, he has pioneered communication concepts to help reduce the rate of inflationary medical increases while at the same time improve the quality of healthcare delivery. Through a combination of these communication techniques and cutting edge plan designs utilizing Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Health Savings Accounts, Steve and his team have earned a nationwide reputation for reducing healthcare costs while at the same time improving the quality of the healthcare delivered.
As a full time TPA since 2008, his firm has focused on building strategic relationships within the brokerage community to help reduce the cost of healthcare while striving to increase the quality delivered. His firm, O.C.A. Benefit Services is dedicated to providing audit compliant administrative services for Section 105, 129, and 125 Cafeteria plans, Section 132 Transit Plans, HRAs, HSAs through their proprietary Claim Vaulting™ system, Retiree Billing, COBRA, ERISA compliance, and Wellness platforms throughout the United States to over 3,000 employer accounts today.
An active member of the National Association of Health Underwriters Association, Steve has served as a two time past President of his local chapter and currently serves as the Education Chair for NJAHU. In 2013 Stephen was the recipient of the highest state association honor, the Louis J. Mattei service award. Perhaps though, his highest achievement is he gets to work with his son, Ross Honig, a former NJ State Association President 7 days a week in their family business.
A lifelong NJ resident and father of three, Steve resides with his wife in Hamilton Township, NJ.
Marcy M. Buckner is the Vice President of Government Affairs with the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). NAHU represents more than 100,000 health insurance agents, brokers and consultants involved in the sale and service of health, long-term care, disability, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and a variety of consumer-driven insurance products.
In this role, Marcy manages the association’s state government affairs team, including the monitoring of activities of all state legislatures, insurance departments, and intergovernmental organizations to coordinate efforts to advance the interests of professional health insurance producers. She also serves as the association’s liaison to federal agencies such as HHS and CMS, IRS, and the Department of Treasury.
Marcy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and her Juris Doctor from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. While in law school she clerked for the Massachusetts Bar Association, and for the State of Massachusetts in both the Office of Attorney General and the Office of the Comptroller. Marcy started her policy career with Multistate Associates as a Legislative Research Analyst providing legislative and regulatory intelligence to thirteen international corporations, federal agencies, and political interest groups.
David Mordo started his insurance career in 1980 as a Sales Representative with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. In 1985, he left Metropolitan and branched out on his own opening D. Mordo & Associates LLC in New York City selling individual life and disability insurance, group health and life insurance and annuities.
David sold his agency in 1994 after having moved to Middletown, New Jersey and took a job as a sales representative with Colburn Insurance Services in Manasquan, NJ selling group health insurance products and also started to recruit brokers to the agency.
In December of 2000, Dave went to work at Walsh Benefits, an employee benefits General Agency located in Fair Haven, NJ where he directed the Small Group Operations department.
In July of 2013, Dave was named Vice President of Education, Compliance & Medicare Operations for Walsh Benefits. In that capacity, Dave worked with the agency’s brokers to prepare them for changes in the industry as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
In his 37 years in the industry, Dave has focused on consulting with small and large employers in the area of ERISA, HIPAA and PPACA and other employer issues concerning healthcare and health insurance. His advocacy on behalf on employers has taken him to the halls of Albany, Trenton and Washington, D.C. where he speaks with state and federal legislators and regulators.
Dave teaches continuing education courses to brokers, does presentations to employer groups, conducts webinars and writes a monthly newsletter and blog.
Dave is a very active member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), a renowned industry trade association. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer at industry events in the tri-state area focusing on the topic of legislating and policy making as it pertains to employer issues and concerns.