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Advisors. Consultants. Analysts. Risk Managers. Service Specialists. Account Managers. Client Advocates. Our Associates have many different titles, but they all have one thing in common. And that’s you.

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Avera – a name derived from a Latin word meaning “to be well” – is synonymous with patient-focused holistic care. With a service footprint covering 72,000 square miles across 86 counties, Avera Health offers expert care in 60 medical specialties. Patients benefit from Avera’s innovative use of technology, as well as the emotional and spiritual emphasis woven into its care model.

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Ten billion tons. That’s how much freight is moved by trucks in the United States each year. It takes 3.5 million drivers who collectively drive over 450 billion miles annually to transport our nation’s goods.

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On December 20, 2017, Congress enacted a far-reaching tax reform package called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the Act”). The good news is that the current law permitting nonqualified deferred compensation plans (NQDCPs), including Code Sections 409A and 457, was preserved. Many of the Act’s provisions affecting individual taxes are not permanent and are scheduled to expire after December 31, 2025, unless a future Congress acts to extend those provisions.

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After college and four years in the Navy, I returned to Nelson Insurance Agency in 1965. The Firm my father and mother started in 1945 had grown  to 10 Associates. Those early years had been a struggle against established local competitors. My father’s  education as an attorney had given him a technical mind, and that, coupled with his dynamic personality, allowed him to find unique solutions to clients’ insurance needs.

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Looking to hire a new employee? An accurate job description serves as a great starting point to find and hire the right worker for an open position. But if you’re only using it for hiring, you might be missing out on some of the best applications for this useful resource.

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To remain competitive in today’s labor market, employers are constantly looking for avenues to attract, retain and reward key executives. They need options that will not only appeal to their employees, but also align with the company’s strategic plans and long-term goals. Certain benefit plans, such as the 162 Bonus Plan, when structured properly, have the ability to provide advantages to both employers and employees.

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From autonomous vehicles to smart refrigerators, technology seems to be transforming nearly every aspect of our lives. It’s playing a bigger role in almost everything we do, including how we source our food. The agriculture industry has experienced a significant tech boom and, as a result, produce is reaching consumers quicker, safer and more efficiently than ever before.

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What makes your company stand out from its competitors? Twenty years ago you might have said that technology gave your team a competitive edge, but in today’s environment, technology is a common (and typically necessary) commodity that simply helps maintain the status quo. So where are companies regaining that lost advantage? The answer can be found in an organization’s human capital.

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It's been said that "a comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there." Perhaps Wayne Simmonds knew this when he began selling dust mop services for an up-and-coming franchise business known as Dust-Tex in the late 1950s. Fresh from active duty in the U.S. Navy, Wayne returned to Omaha, Nebraska with his young family and worked for the business until it was eventually acquired by American Uniform Company.

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