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

    Q2 Compliance Update

    Alera Group's quarterly employee benefits compliance roundup will help you stay current on the latest national regulatory developments impacting employers.

    June 4, 2024 at 01:00 pm CT | Virtual

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    Employee Benefits

    Optimize Your Benefits: A Three-Pronged Approach

    Want to lower healthcare costs and enrich your benefits program at the same time? If so, this webinar is for you.

    June 20, 2024 at 01:00 pm CT | Virtual

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    [Alera Engage] Benchmarking for the Win: How Does Your Benefits Program Rate?

    Ask our clients about the No.1 tool that helps them develop an impactful benefits program, and they'll tell you is benchmarking.

    July 18, 2024 at 02:00 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."
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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.”
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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.”
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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!”
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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

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    “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

    The importance of women’s health concerns in employee benefits design

    Women’s Health Month 2024 coincides with jarring controversy and growing concern over challenges and inequities regarding women’s health in general and one area in particular: maternal health. Alera Group's May 16 webinar will focus on how employer can offer solutions through their employee benefits program.

    May 1, 2024

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    Employee Benefits

    This Mental Health Awareness Month, ‘Run Your Own Race’

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here are tips and resources to help you get started on the route to a happier, healthier you.

    April 25, 2024

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    Employee Benefits

    Q1 Considerations: Affordability for Applicable Large Employers

    Under the ACA, Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) are required to offer “affordable” medical coverage to full-time employees or be subject to a fine. In September 2023, the IRS announced that the 2024 affordability percentage would reduce from the 2023 rate of 9.12% to 8.39% as of January 1, 2024. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has just released the 2024 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) amounts, with an increase of 3.3%.

    April 23, 2024

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    Employee Benefits

    Three Key Considerations for Large Employers

    Early in the year is the time for employers who are approaching or over 50 employees to document and update the “key components” of being a larger employer, to ensure that no compliance obligation is missed. st of an unpublished page.

    April 23, 2024

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