Other Staff/Professionals

Phil Eskeland

Philip D. Eskeland
Subject Matter Expert (SME)
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Biography

Throughout his career, Mr. Eskeland specialized in the areas of foreign affairs, trade, international economics, and small business, and shepherded 11 bills that were signed into law by the President. He substantially influenced the direction of 20 other legislative initiatives that were also signed into law, shaped over 20 Executive Branch actions, and successfully carried out over 130 Congressional hearings, round-tables, and inter-parliamentary exchanges. Mr. Eskeland wrote over a dozen op-eds and letters to the editor which were printed in national publications. He also ran a bipartisan House Caucus group.

Mr. Eskeland worked for 12 years on the House Small Business Committee, first as Senior Professional Staff for the Subcommittee on Tax, Finance and Exports and then as Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for the full committee under the chairmanship of Congressman Manzullo. His notable legislative achievements include leading the legislative team that successfully reauthorized the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in 1999, which preserved an annual $240 million surplus for the U.S. Treasury, fixed the subsidy rate calculation in the 7(a) business guarantee loan program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) that resulted in freeing up $4 billion in additional capital for small business during an economic downturn at no cost to the taxpayer, created the Supplemental Terrorist Activity Recovery (STAR) loan program that helped over 8,200 small businesses access $3.7 billion in new capital in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, ended the annual subsidy appropriation for the 7(a) loan program, which saved the taxpayers at least $79 million each year and put the program on a steady course. He also created the medium-term delegated authority program to support small business export loans of up to $10 million backed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

After his time on Capitol Hill, Mr. Eskeland became the Executive Director of the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), serving under KEI President & CEO Donald Manzullo for six years. He was responsible for the daily administrative operations and overall policy direction at KEI. Mr. Eskeland wrote over 60 pieces for KEI’s The Peninsula blog, The Hill newspaper, and The Diplomat magazine, and has appeared on several television and radio programs. He also developed and implemented KEI’s Congressional outreach strategy that included the creation of customized fact sheets documenting the amount of trade and investment between each individual Congressional district or state and South Korea. This effort helped inform the debate regarding the efficacy of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement when both he and Mr. Manzullo personally visited nearly 300 Congressional offices and the White House to discuss U.S.-Korea relations during their tenure at KEI.

Personal Note:


I was born and raised in New York City. As a youth, I achieved the highest rank in Scouting, the Eagle Scout Award. I received my B.A. in Political Science from Wheaton College (IL) and my M.A. in International Affairs, focusing on U.S. foreign policy and international law, from the American University in Washington, DC. In 2007, I was honored with the Outstanding Service Award from the Small Business Exporters Association in recognition of my work on improving various U.S. trade promotion programs to assist small- and medium-sized exporters. My wife Laura and I live in Vienna, Virginia. Our two children are graduates of George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church and are currently in college.

Education

Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
American University, Washington, DC, Master of Arts in International Affairs

Awards


Recipient of Outstanding Service Award from the Small Business Exporters Association

 

Dennis Kelly

Dennis Kelly
Subject Matter Expert (SME)
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Biography

Dennis Kelly is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), businessman and pioneer in the development of health care finance strategies and health insurance programs. He is familiar with business and marketing strategies on a national and international level, with particular attention to health care and health insurance issues. Dennis is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for both Gammon and Grange, P.C. and Gammon & Grange Consulting.

Mr. Kelly’s business consulting experience is broad. In addition to taking an extensive role in health care, health insurance, and insurance industry assignments, he has had far-reaching and practical involvement in general business operations, underwriting, and financial structures. Dennis has regularly assumed roles as an interim C-suite executive for the purpose of moving or executing on various business and shareholder objectives; many of these can be surveyed on his LinkedIn account.

As an advisor to Members of Congress and Washington think tanks, he helped establish the rationale and supporting statistical data demonstrating the advantage of Medical Savings Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, Association Health Plans, High Deductible Health Plans, Integrated Health Plans, and Flexible (medical) Spending Accounts. Dennis played an advisory role with individuals such as Steve Forbes and Rick Santorum in the 1996 Kennedy/Kassebaum (HIPAA) legislation.

Dennis is the founder and Chief of Technology for Incenta, LLC. Incenta consults with medium to large employers seeking to reduce the cost of benefit plans while obtaining higher quality healthcare for their employees. Incenta does so by leveraging innovative underwriting principles, proprietary software, and extensive insurance industry actuarial data to map the path for reduced costs and increased benefits.

Health care access, control, and choices have become too costly and overly-constrained, resulting in depreciating benefit value. By focusing on helping people transform the relationships that affect health care decisions, Dennis employs the power of incentives with financial protection through a proprietary ONTRACK™ process.

This process transforms health plan choices by giving participants ownership to access their own health care providers – without “gatekeepers” and sponsors. These relationship strategies motivate consumers to personally minimize the cost, access, and complexities of health care financing.

Mr. Kelly’s knowledge and experience provide stability to insurers, employers, brokers, administrators, and consultants. His knowledge of strategies to adopt will lower consumer costs today and into the future.

Personal Note:

I’ve enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors of United Charitable, worked with Prison Fellowship Ministries for nearly a decade, and have fulfilled roles in other nonprofit organizations.

After being awarded a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, I began my career as a nuclear mechanical engineer. When my son was born deaf, I determined to spend more time with my wife and son, so my career shifted to financial services.

My wife Caroline and I currently reside in Rockville, MD. We have two grown children, Erin and Sean.

Education

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA, Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering

Designation of Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) from The American College of Financial Services