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SWBA Announces Newly Elected Board of Officers and Directors

Issued by: SouthWest Benefits Association

Date: July 17, 2019

DALLAS - July 15, 2019 - New officers and directors were announced for the SouthWest Benefits Association (SWBA), a regional, non-profit organization established 43 years ago to foster business relationships and support the educational development of employee benefits professionals.

Officers elected to serve a one-year term:

  • President - Ashley Stokes, Manager, Benefits, Alliance Coal, LLC, Tulsa, OK
  • President-elect - Richard Brown, Director of Human Resources, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, OK
  • Treasurer - Rance Buss, Partner, Employee Benefit Plan Services, Weaver, LLP, Houston, TX
  • Secretary - Cory Fitts, Director of Benefits, Hines Interests, LP, Houston, TX
  • Past President - Brandon Long, Shareholder, Practice Group Leader, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City, OK
Six new directors were elected to serve a three-year term on the SWBA board:
  • Jim Brown, Benefits Manager, Galderma Laboratories, Fort Worth, TX
  • Bruce Mamary, Vice President, Enterprise Client Strategy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Richardson, TX
  • David Post, Vice President, Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Kingfisher, OK
  • Robert Pesch, Principal, Mercer, Houston, TX
  • Courtney Stroope, Vice President, Retirement Services, Lockton Dunning Benefits, Dallas, TX
  • Crystal Yarbrough, Benefits Manager, Propak Logistics, Inc., Ozark, AR
The complete list of SWBA directors may be found at

"I am truly humbled by the opportunity to represent and serve the Southwest Benefits Association", said President Ashley Stokes. "During my nearly three decades in employee benefits, I have found SWBA to be an invaluable resource for fostering relationships with industry experts, while developing my own expertise along the way. I look forward to partnering with the talented benefits professionals that comprise the SWBA board in a continued effort to provide best-in-class workshops, webinars, and conferences to our SWBA members."

SouthWest Benefits Association is a regional, non-profit organization founded in 1975 to foster business and professional relationships and support the educational development of employee benefits professionals. Members represent a wide range of specialties, including human resources, benefit plan administration, financial management, investment counseling, third party administration, health insurance, law, accounting, actuarial, and benefits consulting. Through an annual schedule of conferences and workshops, SWBA provides members the opportunity for discussion of a wide range of issues confronting benefits professionals in the complex and increasingly regulated field of employee benefits.


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