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August 28 @ 7:30 am 4:00 pm


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Member | 2024 Expo Ticket
$ 65.00
Non-member | 2024 Expo Ticket
$ 85.00

2024 SAHU Business & Medicare Expo- Path to Success!

Sponsored by, Western Health Advantage

If you’re aiming to elevate your professional growth, expand your business, network with industry peers, and earn CE credits, this is the must-attend event of the year. 

Join us for a jam-packed day filled with motivational keynote speakers, valuable learning opportunities through our CE courses, and engaging networking sessions, all while enjoying breakfast, lunch, and a fun happy hour!

Event Highlights:

  • Welcome and Membership Drive: Begin the day with a warm welcome from the SAHU President, followed by our membership drive and the induction of our new board members.

  • Keynote Speaker – Wendy Keneipp & Kevin Trokey: Learn from professional development coaches, Wendy and Kevin, with Q4intelligence, as they share expert insights from their motivational book, “The Salesperson’s Guide to Growing a Business,” a must-attend session for all professionals seeking to enhance their sales strategies! (CE).

  • Legislative Updates – Paul Roberts: Stay informed on the latest legislative changes affecting the healthcare industry with a comprehensive update from Paul Roberts (CE).

  • Panel Discussion on Provider Access and Prior Authorization Requirements: Gain valuable perspectives from a panel of medical group representatives, including Sean Atha, Ben Philips, Dr. Gabrielle Gaspar, and Dr. Christopher Swales, moderated by David Brabender (CE).

  • CE Courses: Attend a variety of engaging courses focused on essential topics such as the history of health insurance, compliant marketing strategies, the integration of AI tools for business growth, and coordination of veterans’ benefits with Medicare. Each session offers valuable insights and continuing education credits.

SAHU is dedicated to keeping our community and its members informed about the latest industry news and legislative changes.

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to connect with fellow insurance professionals, share ideas, and discover new opportunities to elevate your business!


Registration Opens 
Breakfast, sponsored by Landmark
Welcome from the SAHU President 
Membership Drive & Induction of new board
KEYNOTE: Wendy Keneipp & Kevin Trokey, Q4Intelligence – The Salesperson’s Guide to Growing a Business (1 CE)
Paul Roberts, Word & Brown – Legislative Updates (1 CE #390513)
10:30AM – Break 
Dr. Arif, Western Health Advantage – History of Health Insurance – Where We Have Been & Where We Are Going (1 CE #189200)
12:00PM to 12:30PM – Lunch 
12:30PM to 1:00PM
Katie Bain, Nonstop Health – Speaker Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan 101 for Mid to Large Groups
PANEL: Medical Groups Representatives to Share Insight on Provider Access and Prior Authorization Requirements
Moderator – David Brabender
Panelist – River City Medical Group – Sean Atha, Sr. Vice President, Business & Program Development 
Panelist – NIVANO Physicians – Ben Philips, Chief Administrative Officer
Panelist – Mercy Medical Group – Jason Spears, Chief Medical Officer
Panelist – Hill Physicians – Dr. Gabrielle Gaspar, CMO
Panelist – Mercy Medical Group – Jason Spears, CMO
Panelist – Woodland Clinic Medical Group – Dr. Christopher Swales, Family Physician & CFO
1:45PM to 2:00PM – Break
2:00PM to 3:00PM
Antonette Vanasek, Vanasek Insurance – Revolutionizing Marketing and Content Creation: Harnessing AI Tools for Business Growth (1 CE)
Networking / Awards Ceremony / Happy Hour
4:00PM – Event over

Breakout Room 9:30AM – 1:30PM 

9:30AM to 10:30AM
Dalia Sutton, Anthem – Compliant Marketing at Medicare Sales Events (1 CE #1335)
12:30PM to 1:30PM
Veterans Benefit Coordination with Medicare (1 CE)

Citrus Heights Community Center

6300 Fountain Square Drive
Citrus Heights, 95621

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August 28
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
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6300 Fountain Square Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621 United States
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199 people are attending 2024 SAHU BUSINESS & MEDICARE EXPO

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Sacramento Association of Health Underwriters (SAHU) Announces 2023-24 Board Members

The Sacramento Association of Health Underwriters (SAHU) is proud to announce its esteemed board members for the 2023-24 term, showcasing a diverse and dedicated group of professionals committed to advancing the goals and mission of the organization.

Board Members and their Roles:

Helen Ornellas

David Brabender

Rosamaria Marrujo

Jacqueline Martinez

Lauren Bayha
Executive Director

Michele Mills

Michele Meder
Awards Chair

Tamara Moreau
Carrier Relations

Brad Wright
Legislation Co-Chair

Telly Tasakos
Membership Retention Chair

Adam Aguilar
Professional Development Chair

Cerrina Jensen
Political Action Committee Chair

Andrew Garnett
Community Services Chair

Kyle Frantz
Communications Chair

Antonette Vanasek
Media Relations Chair

Dave Fear Jr.
Legislative Co-Chair

Danny Langarica
Vanguard Chair

Angie Caruso
New Membership Chair

Andy Glenn
Programs Chair

Renée Balcom
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair

Dalia Sutton
Medicare Chair

Our Mission and Vision for the 2023-2024 Term

President Helen Ornellas shares her vision for the year, stating, “Our mission in 2023-2024 is mentorship and leadership.  SAHU is looking for those who would like to make a difference in our chapter, in the industry, and their careers. We have started the Past Presidential Advisory Committee to provide insight, one on one mentorship, and guidance for those who are interested in leadership at the Chapter Level, State Level and National. Or lets us know how we can help you; we have the tools and people! 35 Years strong.”

SAHU Board Nominations

Joining the SAHU board can provide a wide range of benefits for both personal and professional growth. By becoming a board member, you can expand your network and connect with other industry professionals.  Additionally, you can have a direct impact on the strategic direction and decision-making processes of the association. Serving on the board can also enhance your leadership and teamwork skills, as you work collaboratively with other members to achieve common goals.  It’s an opportunity to give back to the community and make a positive impact on the industry, while also gaining valuable experience and building your resume.

Perhaps you or someone with whom you have served has the vision and the passion, both for the association and for the industry as a whole, to help lead SAHU in the coming years.

 To nominate a deserving candidate or even yourself, please visit  The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2024.

Let us work together to build a stronger, more vibrant SAHU community.

2023-2024 SAHU Board Members Induction


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