benefitexpress March 7, 2020 4 min read

Chief Information Officer Bill Blount is Finalist for CIO of the Year

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — benefitexpress is committed to hiring the best benefits administration team in the industry, and attracting exceptional people begins at the top with our Executive Leadership Team.

Today, we are thrilled to announce that Chief Information Officer, Bill Blount, has been named a finalist for the 2020 CIO of the Year by the Society of Information Management Chicago Chapter

With more than 20 years of leadership across technology disciplines, Bill's people-first mindset allows him to establish collaborative and high-functioning IT and development teams.

"In a time of change and growth at benefitexpress, beginning with an infusion of capital and transition of leadership in 2016, and through today," says Michael Sternklar, chief executive officer, benefitexpress, "I have kept the hiring of top talent at the forefront of our business strategy. Bill Blount embodies this mindset."

"Bill's past experience has helped guide the maturation of the IT organization at benefitexpress. He has a way of enabling leaders to succeed, and cultivating teams to achieve their potential," continued Sternklar.

With growth and change in mind, Blount set a high bar for organization transformation in areas such as application architecture, software development process, infrastructure, information security, and overall org structure. Third-party testing has verified measurable advancement in all of those categories.

Today's competitive hiring environment means that top talent is in high demand. Despite the trends, the IT organization at benefitexpress averages more than six years of benefitexpress tenure, well above the norm for technology firms.

Most importantly, Bill has created an environment of collaboration, commitment and trust between IT and other business areas at benefitexpress — vital for change to be successful.

"In a business environment when talent — especially technology talent — is in high demand, Bill has a proven ability to recruit great people," says Julia Goebel, chief marketing officer, "and for those he recruits to recommend the company to their friends. I'm consistently impressed by the quality of internal referrals brought to benefitexpress our team members."

Bill's team recognizes his ability to relate to his team and provide a collaborative, productive work environment. "Bill really works to understand his employees. He shares his experiences and has a lot of empathy for what we are thinking and feeling," says Maurizio Marchese, manager, IT, benefitexpress, adding, "He's the best CIO I've ever worked for." 

The recipient of the award will be announced on Thursday, March 19, 2020. But as far as we're concerned, we've already won — with the privilege of working alongside Bill every day.

At benefitexpress, you get the best of both worlds — an exciting company culture paired with colleagues who are motivated to exceed expectations. Ready to join the team or know someone who might be a great fit? Learn about our culture and available opportunities.