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SouthWest Benefits Association Elects New Board of Directors

DALLAS, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The SouthWest Benefits Association, a regional non-profit established to foster relationships and support the educational growth of professionals in employee benefits, announced today the election of five new officers and seven new directors for its 21-member governing board.

New officers who were elected to serve a one-year term are: President - Jorge Font, senior vice president, Aon Consulting; Past President - Thomas Hoffman, partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, a Dallas-based law firm; President Elect - Margaret Walsh, director of benefits, OGE Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City; Secretary - James White, director of human resources, Unit Corporation in Tulsa, Okla.; and Treasurer - Ray Fischer, director of benefits at Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority.

The seven new directors, who were elected to serve a three-year term on the board, include: Bryant Armstrong, senior benefits consultant in the Dallas office of Holmes Murphy and Associates; Lisa Cummings, director of design and compliance, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Felicia Finston, partner in the Dallas office of Baker Botts, LLP; Frank Green, regional director, Kansas City Office of the M & I Trust Company; Nancy Ozuna, principal at the San Antonio CPA firm, The Hanke Group, PC; Donna Strong, manager of Human Resources and Benefits Administration, The Beck Group, a full-service builder providing real estate development, architectural and construction services; and Scott Winton, vice president, Fidelity Investments. A complete list of SWBA directors may be found at

"The growing health care and retirement crises facing American business and society have never been higher on our national agenda than in this election year," said SWBA President Jorge Font. "Now is an unprecedented time to be involved in SWBA for our trusted and timely resources, educational programs and networking with world-class organizations and thought leaders. We look forward to increasing value to our membership of 875 benefits professionals, and continuing to realize steady growth and record attendance at our programs in this next year."


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

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