Seminar Presenters

Boyd Bender

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Boyd has been with WEA Member Benefits since 2002 and has been in the financial services industry since 1998. He holds a BBA with a finance emphasis from UW-Platteville, Series 7, 63, and 24 securities licenses as well as life, health, property and casualty insurance licenses. He is a registered representative of WEA Investment Services, Inc., a broker/dealer.

Boyd manages the Field Services department of WEA Member Benefits and also serves as a non-commissioned consultant for school employees to provide guidance on retirement savings and insurance plans. He presents financial seminars for members across the state. Prior to Member Benefits, he worked for the Department of Employee Trust Funds, which administers the state pension. His knowledge of the Wisconsin Retirement System is an excellent resource for members.

Boyd lives in Madison with his wife and is a full-time gymnastics and dance dad for his three girls. In his spare time he enjoys fitness and is an avid sports fan.

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Sharon Schmidt

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Sharon brings over 20 years of Property and Casualty experience to WEA Member Benefits. Before joining Member Benefits in July of 2001, Sharon worked for 15 years at CUNA Mutual Group. While there, she earned her CPCU designation. Sharon helped in designing the call center for the Bond and Commercial Property/Casualty Company. Since coming to Member Benefits, Sharon has earned her ARM designation and is a Registered Securities Representative. Sharon served as the President of the Dairyland Chapter of CPCU's during 2003-2004 term. 

Sharon's strengths include her no nonsense approach to explaining the value of our programs to both administration and union leaders. When not on the road visiting schools or conducting seminars, she enjoys traveling, especially to Thailand, and is active with local Square Dance organizations, so you might see her do-si-do-ing down your school hallways.

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Marty Richards

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Marty has been with WEA Member Benefits for 17 years and has 15 years of Retirement and Investment experience. A registered representative of WEA Investment Services, Marty works directly with program participants and school administrators educating them on 403(b) rules and the changing regulations. He also has a great deal of knowledge of Wisconsin Retirement System and Roth IRA and TSA rules. Marty operates from our office in the MTEA building at 5130 Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI.

Marty has a wife and three daughters and makes his home in Richland Center. His wife is a flight attendant and they enjoy traveling often. If you're in the mood for a good story, ask him about his appearances on the Today Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Paul M. Rushmann, ChFC™, CLU™

Paul Rushmann
Paul has over 33 years of experience working with individuals, families, and businesses securing their futures through education and proper product selection. He has worked with financial advisors across the United States, helping them provide for their clients by presenting workshops and educational boot-camps on the types of planning necessary to provide for the Certainty of Uncertainty when it comes to financial security.

Member Benefits has developed a myriad of resources, including presentations, which are designed to educate and inform members as to how to make good financial decisions in order to obtain a secure future and retirement. As a Worksite Benefit Consultant, Paul sees his primary responsibility to be a coordinator of these resources and offerings.

On a personal note, Paul and his wife Kristy live in Chippewa Falls with their little 10# Yorkie-Poo named Mani, and have many friends and family close by. Paul has two grown children and three grandchildren that keep he and Kristy busy and entertained as well. They enjoy many of the outdoor activities that the Chippewa Valley and Northwest Wisconsin provides including fishing, biking, and exploring.

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Scott Nelson

Scott NelsonScott brings over 18 years of financial services and personal insurance experience to WEA Member Benefits. As a former educator and having owned his own financial services firm for 14 years, Scott understands the financial challenges facing educators. He is well versed in conducting seminars and workshops and is dedicated to helping educate members in areas of financial planning, retirement, and personal insurance.

Scott has three children and lives in Madison. He has also been a Track & Field Coach for over 25 years, having coached at Monticello, Middleton, UW-Madison, Mount Horeb, and Madison Memorial. He also enjoys travel, music, and being active in mountain biking, downhill skiing, speed skating, and running.

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