Seattle, WA

    About Us

    TRUEbenefits is embracing our Alera Group brand to reflect our national capabilities, industry expertise and expanded resources in all areas of our business.

    In 2017, TRUEbenefits and 23 firms across the nation joined to form Alera Group. Six years later, we are 180 firms strong, working together to leverage powerful relationships, industry experience and resources with the goal of supporting our clients’ business strategies and elevating the experience of working with us. By embracing our new branding of Alera Group, we will continue to bring our clients a personalized set of solutions while reflecting our expanded capabilities. What remains consistent is holding our clients at the core of our business.

    We are excited about this next step in our evolution as we continue to build a great company with clients at our center. Through collaboration and teamwork, we will continue to offer you the resources of a national firm along with the personalized experience of a local partner.

    As Alera Group, we are stronger together!

    Beyond Benefits as Usual

    We ask questions you haven’t heard before. Digging deeper gives us the understanding to customize cost-effective solutions that advance our clients’ business goals, see them through times of rapid change, and help recruit and retain the best people in their industries. Our clients know they can count on us for total transparency and an independent point of view. Our firm attracts passionate, industry-experienced people who value the time we give them to go above and beyond for our clients. It’s not enough to be reactive around renewal time. Together, we bring the strategic thinking, attention to detail and proactive perspective that employee benefits need all year round.

    By delivering measurable results and client satisfaction, we have earned a Net Promoter Score of 88 —much higher than those of leading Fortune 500 companies. Most important, it earns our clients’ confidence that they’re getting higher value from every benefit dollar.

    Meet Our Team

    Meet our Team

    Cherise Reese

    Managing Partner
    Cherise Reese

    Cherise Reese, Managing Partner, has over twenty years of experience in the benefits consulting industry after first developing her business skills in retail management and human resources. As Managing Partner, Cherise focuses on developing and growing the Alera Group team, creating new avenues for success as they serve clients with excellence. With patience, integrity, and optimism, she works tirelessly to implement strategies that further the goals of the Alera Group team and their clients. Cherise is a member of the Alera Group Inclusions & Diversity Steering committee as well as an active member in our Women’s Mentorship program.  Cherise has been with Alera Group Seattle for 14 years and plans to continue to serve her team with dedication for many years to come. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, and enjoys boating around the San Juans, collecting sea glass, watching football, and reading.

    Brent Schlosstein

    Founder & Senior Partner
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    Brent Schlosstein, Founder & Senior Partner, is an entrepreneur and recognized employee benefits expert focused on building high performance health plans for progressive and employee-focused organizations. Passionate about transforming healthcare in an environment of transparency, collaboration, and professionalism, Brent’s responsible for driving growth and building a world-class consulting organization. Brent holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Washington and is one of just 250 healthcare consultants in the U.S. to be accredited by Health Rosetta. He’s Past President of the Lake Washington Human Resources Association and a member of numerous insurance Advisory Councils in Washington state. In his spare time, Brent continues to work on his golf game where, one day, he plans to shoot his age.

    Astrea Arguello

    Senior Employee Benefits Executive
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    Astrea Arguello, Senior Employee Benefit Executive, has worked as a mid-market employee benefits Producer and  Consultant for fifteen years. She loves helping employers attract and retain a quality workforce through offering creative, well-balanced, cost effective employee benefit solutions. Driven by a desire to exceed her client’s expectations, her honesty, integrity, knowledge, and energy truly differentiate her within the industry. Astrea joined Alera Group in January 2018. Outside the office, Astrea enjoys spending time with her family, reading, camping, watching football, and travelling.

    Amber Oldham

    Director of Client Services
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    Amber Oldham, Director of Client Services, has eighteen years of experience with employee benefits, working with clients of all sizes. Amber is passionate about ensuring our Client Service Team is well-equipped to provide an excellent service experience for our clients and their employees. She has oversight for team training, new client assignments, team workflow, and development. She currently serves as the compliance liaison between the Seattle office and the regional & national Alera Group compliance division. Amber enjoys doing home improvement projects with her husband, camping with their two dogs, and cheering for the Seahawks in her spare time.

    EXPERT EDUCATION

    Events and Webinars

    Employee Benefits

    2024 Employee Benefits Symposium

    Join us (in person) as we bring together top experts covering key healthcare trends, population health management, pharmacy and more. Enjoy a great breakfast while you gain valuable takeaways for your organization.

    April 16, 2024 at 08:30 am CT | Glenview IL

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    2024 Employee Benefits Symposium

    Employee Benefits

    Finding, Using and Transitioning Out of a PEO

    Your company is small, and limited resources make it difficult to manage a robust benefits program. Time to explore outside support from a professional employer organization (PEO). But where to begin?

    April 18, 2024 at 01:00 pm CT | Virtual

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    Employee Benefits

    Supporting Women’s Health Month: Trending Employee Benefits

    In this session, we’ll talk about how employers are helping female employees and dependents be their best through every phase of life: From fertility, maternal care and parenting to peri/menopause, caregiving and mental health. 

    May 16, 2024 at 01:00 pm CT | Virtual

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    Quote from Client

    "We’ve had the pleasure of working with TRUEbenefits over the last decade. They have provided a unique service to us by customizing their approach as they work with us and our partners. As a private federally funded non-profit organization, understanding our needs, culture, and long-term strategic plan has made TRUEbenefits an exceptional partner."
    Client

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    “I have had the pleasure of working with TRUEbenefits since 2015 and since that time, they have brought our team and our employees exceptional service, year-over-year, in the areas of rate negotiations, employee support/advocacy, benefits open enrollment, and account management. I highly recommend TRUEbenefits; I cannot imagine managing employee benefits without their partnership and hard work to help us achieve our benefit goals every step of the way.”
    Client

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    “I’ve used TRUEbenefits to do most of the work for us. I use TRUE because they are not only a vendor, but an extension of our business. The TRUEbenefits team has gone out of their way to make sure everything runs smoothly. I absolutely do recommend them.”
    Client

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    “The TRUEbenefits team helps us each year to get the very best benefit package at the lowest cost and keeps us up to date on all compliance issues – we couldn’t do it without them. The customer service they provide to our employees and to the HR team is unsurpassed!”
    Client

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    "The TRUEbenefits team has a unique approach to consulting – they truly care about their clients! The personable, proactive partnership that we have with our TRUEbenefits team invites collaboration and problem solving, which are two areas that have been high on our list as we’ve dealt with the complexities that the pandemic threw at us while navigating ever-evolving legal requirements. Our TRUEbenefits team is only an email or phone call away, and they respond quickly with meaningful information and action, which means the world to us. If you are ready to work with consultants that are ethical, intelligent, and fun, we highly recommend TRUEbenefits.”
    Client

    Quote from Client

    “We have partnered with Brent Schlosstein and his team for over 20 years. The service we receive from TRUEbenefits is second to none. They are always available to assist us and have helped improve our employee benefit program each and every year. TRUEbenefits is very budget conscious, and they are experts at finding the best possible plan for us at an affordable price. We rely on TRUEbenefits to keep us updated on benefit trends and regulatory compliance as they are specialists in this area. When asked who our benefits broker is, I can truly say I am proud to be associated with the team at TRUEbenefits.”
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    THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

    Insights

    Employee Benefits

    Webinar: The Ins and Outs of PEOs

    Providing employees with a robust benefits program is vital to attracting and retaining staff while growing an organization, but many small and medium-sized businesses lack the resources and time necessary to manage such a program. Professional employer organizations (PEOs) offer a solution. Alera Group's April 15 webinar, "Finding, Using and Transitioning Out of a PEO" will address the basics and help you strategize.

    April 4, 2024

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    Employee Benefits

    Show Why Your Voluntary Benefit Offerings Make You an Employer of Choice

    If you’re a business owner or benefits manager seeking to optimize your employee benefits offerings, you won’t want to miss Alera Group’s March 21 Engage webinar, "How Voluntary Benefits Inspire Employee Loyalty." During the one-hour session, our panel of Alera Group experts will discuss how voluntary benefits serve employers as well as employees, enabling employers to show they recognize the varied needs of their workforce by providing supplementary offerings in a cost-effective manner.

    March 5, 2024

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    Employee Benefits

    Webinar: Weight-Loss Drugs and Group Health Plans | Alera Group

    Rising pharmacy costs are among the chief drivers of healthcare expenses for employers and employees, thanks largely to a surge in use of drugs you’ve seen advertised in those ubiquitous commercials. Given the cost of such drugs and their mixed record of success, employers and employees should exercise caution.

    February 6, 2024

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    Employee Benefits

    Employers, Employees and Job-Flexibility Tradeoffs

    Faced with one of contemporary business’s most prominent dilemmas – allow work from home or insist on return to work? – employers and employees alike must come to terms with an axiom: Life is a series of tradeoffs. Join us on Thursday, January 18, for "The Value of Flexible Work: Alera Group’s Tradeoff Study."

    January 11, 2024

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