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OptimaLIVE | CI your Healthcare Benefits

Merrill Steel’s innovative approach to tackling employee benefits and healthcare costs is getting national attention. This presentation discusses how Merrill Steel saved more than $4 million in total healthcare costs in just four years while offering employees high-quality care.

After participating in this discussion, you will have a better understanding of the dynamics of the healthcare cost runaway train, you will add a few tools to your tool belt to manage healthcare costs, and if you choose, you can begin managing healthcare benefits and costs better for your organization.

Your Presenter:

Matthew Ohrt

Matt’s experience includes roles in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Adjunct Teaching, Training and Facilitation, and Lean Manufacturing.

Matt started his career in the auto manufacturing industry with Tenneco Automotive, a tier one Toyota supplier and then transitioned to Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, KY.  In Georgetown, he had the opportunity to experience first-hand the Toyota Production System (TPS) and Toyota’s unique approach to Human Resources.  Matt’s other experience includes time with Badger Mining Corporation as Director of Team and Culture – a Fortune #1 Great Place to Work, and at Ariens Company as Director, People and Culture in which he led the company’s effort in Lean Manufacturing.  Currently, he is at Merrill Steel in Schofield, serving as the Director of Human Resources.

Matt’s educational background includes a AS degree from Highland Community College, a BS degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University and a MA degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa. He will soon resume a half-completed PhD degree in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University.  Additionally, Matt holds a Lean Manufacturing Certification from the University of Michigan, is Six Sigma Black Belt, a Hapkido Martial Arts Black Belt and is a graduate of Zappos Culture Camp.

Matt and his wife Denise of 23 years have four children and three foster children.