Oct 16, 2015
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Sophocles Sophocleous, one of two founding principals of Sigma II, has built his career around putting his clients needs first. A University of Akron graduate, Sophocles began his career in the insurance industry in 1987 with this fundamental philosophy. It has helped him and his partner Joe grow Sigma II over the years, building key relationships with not only clients, but also some of the industrys top carriers.
Joseph R. Hiles is a founding principal of Sigma II. As a University of Cincinnati graduate, Joe began his career at a Fortune 100 Life Insurance company. Eventually, he and his business partner, Sophocles, founded Sigma II Insurance.
The company they founded has been built, one client at a time, by focusing on the individual needs of each and every client. The size of client is and has always been irrelevant, however, ALWAYS doing the right thing for the client, has been and continues to be our core philosophy. Joe is very committed in understanding all aspects of heath care reform and stays committed to finding the best plan for the dollars that are being spent on health insurance.
Margarita Alex, a graduate of the University of Toledo, joined the Sigma II team in 2009 as a Sales Executive. Prior to that she gained a solid foundation in business working for Fortune 500 companies. As a Sigma II team member Margarita serves as a trusted consultant for her client employers in Northeast Ohio. In 2012 she become AHIP certified and now also assists our aging population in Medicare along with serving the under 65 individual market sector.
Senior Account Manager
Tauya Yarina has been a crucial part of the Sigma II team for over 14 years. Tauya excels in senior level account management and is a true team leader. Her most important role has been directly sustaining client relationships and involvement. Tauya also helps in the senior market where she has maintained her AHIP Medicare Certification for many years. She is continuously involved in many educational opportunities along with keeping clients up-to-date on the numerous health care reform changes.
Senior Account Manager
Debbie Hazey joined Sigma II in 2003 as a Senior Account Manager and has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining Sigma II, she worked at a top local insurance carrier. She brings her clients personalized customer relations, and is seasoned at conducting employee benefit meetings and claims resolution. She also serves as the client contact for questions and education on todays health care reform requirements.
Lead Wellness Educator
Valerie Sophocleous, a Graduate of the University of Akron, joined the Sigma II team in 2008 as our Lead Wellness Educator. She has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and brings her personal experience and hands-on approach to wellness to Sigma IIs clients. She is part of WELCOAs Faculty, a premier national resource for workplace wellness. She is also a champion for smoking cessation and is an American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking Facilitator®. Valerie works alongside a team of Sigma II wellness advocates to implement workplace wellness programs for our clients.
Human Resources Labor and Compliance
Chris Lencewicz has provided legal counsel to employers across the country on corporate, employee and labor matters for over 17 years. This representation has included advocating on behalf of employers in administrative and court proceedings; updating employee handbooks and policies; ensuring compliance with employee and labor related laws; drafting at-will and term employment agreements; drafting and reviewing contracts; and developing cost effective, legal pay strategies. Chris earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1995.