Kareim R. Cade, Founder/President & CEO - Great Lakes Benefit Group
Kareim R. Cade is a native Detroiter and a 1994 graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, focusing on Insurance and Risk Management. Mr. Cade launched Great Lakes Benefit Group, (GLBG), in 2006 to address the growing demand of an “one stop shop” approach for small to mid-size employer groups. GLBG currently provides benefits consulting for K-12 traditional public and charter school districts, public/private sector, associations and national union organizations in Michigan, Maryland, Georgia, Washington D.C, and Florida.
In addition to his business interests Mr. Cade is a graduate of Leadership Oakland XV and has held several leadership positions in community organizations. Selective Service System, Metro Detroit Association of Health Underwriters, National Association of Black School Educators, National Technical Honor Society, honorary member; Playworks Michigan, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Michigan; board member; and the Ron Clark Academy, board member.
Percy Richardson, Jr., Senior Employee Benefits Consultant - Great Lakes Benefit Group
Percy Richardson, Jr. is an employee benefits consultant that works with clients to deliver and accelerate clients' benefit strategies. Mr. Richardson helps organizations of all sizes unlock their benefits strategy and deliver an engaging experience by taking out the complexity, which instills confidence and gratification. The Great Lakes Benefit Group was able to work with a large school district and helped them save more than $6.2 million.
Mr. Richardson started in the insurance and financial services industry in 1998. He has worked at AIG, United of Omaha, MassMutual, American Express and Colonial Life. Percy currently holds a multiple lines property & casualty, life, health and accident license and passed the exams for FINRA Series 6, 63 licenses.
Rob A. Hardman, Data & Innovation Analyst - Great Lakes Benefit Group
Rob Hardman is a Data and Innovation Analyst who seeks ways to assist employer groups in transforming their health-care and prescription drug plans. Rob’s emphasis on reconstructing the broken medical and Rx supply chain has made him a fierce quality advocate for the employer groups represented by Great Lakes Benefit Group.
Mr. Hardman has almost 20 years of experience in the financial services and health-care field, becoming licensed in 1999. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Renaissance History from Eastern Michigan University and has completed graduate coursework in History and Applied Economics at Wayne State and EMU. Rob currently holds a Michigan life, health& Accident license and passed the exams for the FINRA Series 7,63,24 & 51 licenses respectively.