STUDENT ASSISTANCE IN THE NEWS

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June 16, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Ann Clark, Founder and CEO of ACI Specialty Benefits, who has been honored by San Diego Business Journal as a winner of the 10th annual Most Admired CEO Awards.
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April 6, 2017
Congratulations to Ryan Fay, ACI's Chief Global Information Officer, for being a recipient of this year's Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit Adviser’s Technology Innovator Awards.
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March 6, 2017
ACI's CEO Dr. Ann Clark shares the top 5 benefit trends in 2017 - including people-first initiatives, convenience and flexibility, and the importance of company culture - and shows how best places to work improve employee retention, engagement and performance.
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September 7, 2016
In a new press release, Reliance Standard announced partnership with WellVia to offer telehealth services to employers through a unique integrated platform with EAP services through ACI Specialty Benefits.
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August 24, 2016
New Serious Games Industry article outlines how employers can work with ACI Specialty Benefits to drive employee engagement on benefits utilization and corporate initiatives such as 401(k) education, health reimbursement arrangement completion and open enrollment.
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August 19, 2016
"One company, ACI Specialty Benefits of San Diego, has incorporated game theory extensively throughout its recently launched employee benefits portal. This strategy is also known as “gamification,” which simply means incorporating elements of games in non-game sett...
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August 5, 2016
Dr. Ann Clark, CEO and founder of ACI Specialty Benefits and ICYA, was invited to be a guest on the Live Well Radio Hour on ESPN 1700's Real Talk San Diego! Live Well San Diego is a county initiative designed to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans, with...
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July 22, 2016
Dr. Ann Clark, CEO and founder of ACI Specialty Benefits, has been chosen as a qualified nominee for San Diego Magazine's 2016 Woman of the Year, out of hundreds of applicants. As a qualified nominee, Dr. Clark will be included in the September issue of San Diego M...
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July 21, 2016
ACI Specialty Benefits welcomes Tim Mutrie as Vice President of Marketing and IT. A recognized leader in advertising, marketing and business development, Tim has more than 15 years of experience in cross-functional teams, managing direct reports, strategic planning...
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July 5, 2016
ACI Specialty Benefits is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan Levy as Adjunct Professor at National University in San Diego. Levy is a graduate of San Diego State University and received an MBA from National University.
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July 3, 2016
James Harris, who recently joined ACI as the Senior Vice President of Business Development, spoke with Business Insurance about his new role, his industry outlook, and a little bit about his personal life.
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June 3, 2016
In Incentive Magazine, ACI Specialty Benefits clinical consultant Natalie Nibler discusses how to recognize, remedy and prevent workplace burnout.
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May 31, 2016
Natalie Nibler, clinical consultant for ACI Specialty Benefits, was interviewed in an Employee Benefit News exclusive on the topic of workplace burnout.
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May 25, 2016
Erin Krehbiel, president of ACI Specialty Benefits, recently shared her thoughts and advice on the topic of working mom guilt on BenefitsPro.com.
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May 24, 2016
Out of a total of 351 workplaces from across the country, ACI Specialty Benefits was chosen as a recipient of the 2016 When Work Works Awards. The awards honor organizations with notably effective and positive workplace cultures.
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May 20, 2016
Dr. Ann Clark, CEO of ACI Specialty Benefits and founder of the International Chair Yoga Association (ICYA), was honored by San Diego County Library with a certificate of appreciation. Dr. Clark and ICYA provide the Del Mar Library with weekly chair yoga classes.
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May 13, 2016
International-Connection.com is an online suite of resources and content specifically tailored to international employees, students and family members.
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April 28, 2016
Dr. Ann Clark's latest business guidebook aims to reduce the high rate of turnover for expatriate employees, improve cross-cultural adjustment, and alleviate costs to global organizations.
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April 20, 2016
Ryan Fay, the global CIO at ACI Specialty Benefits, brings more than a decade of Executive IT expertise to audiences around the globe.
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March 8, 2016
Ryan Fay, CIO of ACI Specialty Benefits, was named one of CXOTalk's 20 most influential CIOs on social media in 2016.
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February 10, 2016
On CIO.com, Ryan fay discussed his role in proactively identifying and solving business issues at ACI Specialty Benefits.
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February 10, 2016
Erin Krehbiel’s latest blog headlines Employee Benefit Adviser, sharing keys to workplace happiness and productivity.
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January 27, 2016
Ryan Fay, CIO for ACI Specialty Benefits, explains ACI’s take on data management and the expanding role of IT in CIO Review.
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January 11, 2016
WorldatWork, a nonprofit HR association and compensation authority, is proud to announce the recipients of the Work-Life 2016 Seal of Distinction Award. The award is designed to identify organizations leading the change in today’s global workplace by creating and i...
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December 11, 2015
Corporate Vision Magazine announces ACI as a winner of the 2015 Consultancy Awards, highlighting and recognizing companies who provide top quality advice and support.
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December 7, 2015
ACI Specialty Benefits was included in Benefits Selling Magazine/BenefitPro's 2016 Buyers Guide under the category of Additional Service Providers.
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December 1, 2015
In the first segment in the series of Leading Edge Design Group’s #LEDGTalks videos, founder Todd Boucher talks with ACI CIO Ryan Fay about what defines the Modern CIO in the economy of “now."
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November 28, 2015
ACI Specialty Benefits president Erin Krehbiel was honored by San Diego Business Journal as a finalist of the Women Who Mean Business Awards, and was featured in the November 30-December 6, 2015 issue of SDBJ.
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November 17, 2015
Ryan Fay, CIO of ACI Specialty Benefits, discusses the value of virtualization for SMBs in a new article in BizTech.
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November 15, 2015
Michael Willett, who recently joined ACI as a senior business development executive, spoke with Business Insurance about his new role, his industry outlook, and a little bit about his personal life.
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November 12, 2015
Michael Willett, new business development executive for ACI Specialty Benefits, was featured in Detroit's premier business journal, DBusiness.
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October 26, 2015
Employee Benefit Adviser features ACI president Erin Krehbiel's popular blog in the "Be Advised" section.
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October 6, 2015
In InformationWeek's Network Computing, Ryan Fay, CIO of ACI Specialty Benefits, explains his company's transformation to a fully functioning IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) cloud environment. ”You really have to get people to stop looking at technology as a means to an en...
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September 2, 2015
ACI's CIO and tech guru Ryan Fay was a featured speaker at VMworld 2015, sharing his thoughts on vRealize Operations, scaling and CloudOps, as well as ACI's journey with VMware.
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June 23, 2015
Dr. Ann D. Clark and Erin Krehbiel, the creators of MacroLife, a new gamified benefits solution from ACI Specialty Benefits, spoke with Jesse Lahey, SPHR, on the podcast Workforce Health Engagement.
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June 18, 2015
In Skyhigh Network's CIO Corner, ACI CIO Ryan Fay weighed in on the topic of more and more businesses moving to cloud-based resources.
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May 21, 2015
The clinical team at employee assistance provider ACI Specialty Benefits, creators of the Veteran-Connection website, offer four suggestions to benefits and hiring managers so they can better connect with veterans in the workforce.
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May 7, 2015
Jesse Lahey, SPHR, of the podcast Game Changer discussed MacroLife, a new gamified benefits solution from ACI Specialty Benefits, with its creators Dr. Ann D. Clark and Erin Krehbiel.
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April 24, 2015
Ryan Fay, IT Director of ACI Specialty Benefits, discusses restructuring his IT operation to take on more responsibility and cope with the challenge hypergrowth in a feature article of Daily Cloud.
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April 23, 2015
A recent press release featuring the successful partnership between ACI Specialty Benefits and VMWare was picked up on several news sites.
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April 23, 2015
A recent press release featuring the successful partnership between ACI Specialty Benefits and VMWare was picked up on several news sites.
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April 23, 2015
A recent press release featuring the successful partnership between ACI Specialty Benefits and VMWare was picked up on several news sites.
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April 22, 2015
VMware announces successful case study on ACI Specialty Benefits' use of VMware to onboard new clients to its systems more efficiently as well as to accurately calculate the capacity of its virtual environment.
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April 15, 2015
ACI Specialty Benefits client DeVry University devoted two pages to the ASPIRE Student Assistance Program in a recent feature article in Perspectives, a DeVry student and alumni magazine.
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March 31, 2015
Employee Benefit News runs Erin Krehbiel's popular blog on gender inequality in the workplace under the "Be Advised" section.
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March 19, 2015
WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) is proud to announce that ACI Specialty Benefits has earned the Work-Life Seal of Distinction for 2015. The seal is a unique mark of excellence designed to identify organizational success in work-life effectiveness...
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March 16, 2015
WMware's recent press release announces a new unified platform, and features success stories from partners including ACI Specialty Benefits.
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March 6, 2015
A full-page, color advertisement for ACI's newest product appears in the special Employee Appreciation Day MediaPlanet insert within USA TODAY. The ad features MacroLife - the ultimate solution for benefits integration.
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February 10, 2015
Erin Krehbiel, recently named president of ACI Specialty Benefits, spoke with Business Insurance about her take on the evolving benefits industry and a little bit about her personal life.
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February 2, 2015
U-T San Diego, San Diego Business Journal and Orange County Business Journal feature Erin Krehbiel as new president of ACI Specialty Benefits.
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January 28, 2015
ACI Specialty Benefits CEO and founder Dr. Ann Clark has been honored as a winner of this year’s Most Admired CEO Awards by the San Diego Business Journal. The San Diego Business Journal hosted the 8th annual Most Admired CEO Awards on January 28th at the Town a...
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January 12, 2015
The largest online community for human resources professionals announces Erin Krehbiel's leadership of ACI into the future of specialty benefits, HR solutions and company perks.
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January 8, 2015
ACI Specialty Benefits announced that Erin Krehbiel will serve as ACI president, effective today. After 13 years with the company, Krehbiel will take the lead in driving new growth initiatives through global partnerships and establishing ACI as a leading provider o...
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December 9, 2014
ACI Specialty Benefits is pleased to announce the recognition of Ryan Fay, ACI’s Director of IT and Purchasing, as a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal Cybersecurity Awards. At a breakfast held at the prestigious University Club, SDBJ honored the dedicatio...
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December 3, 2014
ACI Specialty Benefits honored two teammates, Adora Horton and Bellamy Smith, at the recent San Diego Business Journal Emerging Generation: 25 in Their 20’s Awards. Held at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, the SDBJ event celebrated the bright futures of the ci...
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November 5, 2014
ACI Specialty Benefits is pleased to announce that Chief Integrated Marketing Officer Erin Krehbiel has been named a finalist of the Women Who Mean Business Awards by San Diego Business Journal. This award comes to the ACI team at the end of an incredible year of c...
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November 4, 2014
ACI Specialty Benefits launched a new corporate website today featuring ‘PERK UP,’ a fresh campaign to put the spotlight on specialty benefits. The new branding incorporates bold graphics, reimagined company values, and a passionate objective to bring the best perk...
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October 1, 2014
Dr. Clark discusses "building resilience to catastrophe" through disaster planning in the latest edition of HR.com's Excellence Essentials.
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August 12, 2014
ACI Specialty Benefits was recently named a winner of the San Diego Best Places to Work Awards. This 8th annual program was created by the San Diego Business Journal and Best Companies Group, and sponsored by Moss Adams LLP, Kaiser Permanente, United Concordia, Act...
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July 20, 2014
John Schack featured in an interview for the "Up Close" section of Business Insurance, a risk management and employee benefits publication reaching over 165,500 print, online, and digital readers.
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July 15, 2014
ACI Specialty Benefits announced today that Karen Fischer, MFT has joined the organization as Vice President of Accounts and Clinical Services. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Ms. Fischer will be an integral ...
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June 6, 2014
ACI Specialty Benefits is pleased to introduce John M. Schack as Senior Vice President of Business Development. With prominent roles at HUB International Insurance Services Inc., Talbot Financial Corp and Kemper Insurance, Schack brings to ACI an extensive backgrou...
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June 2, 2014
Dr. Ann Clark, CEO and founder of ACI Specialty Benefits, and Aaron Grisafi, ACI Senior Graphic Designer, were recognized with the Gold Award distinction for graphic design by the Hermes Creative Awards for their work on the cover of Dr. Clark’s latest book, Workpl...
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May 16, 2014
ACI Specialty Benefits is proud to unveil the new and improved Veteran Connection, a one-stop site that offers extensive links and resources tailored to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of service members, from active duty military to veterans and their families....
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May 9, 2014
ACI Specialty Benefits has been named a winner of San Diego Business Journal’s Healthiest Company Awards. As the first specialty benefits corporation and longtime wellness leader, ACI makes employee health and well-being a priority. “With a mission to help our ...
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February 6, 2014
The press release for Dr. Clark's latest book was hosted on PRWeb, the leader of online news distribution and online publicity, and shared with over 2,500 media outlets.
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February 4, 2014
Wake up, go to work, and prepare for war? Workplace Warfare: Break through Bureaucracy and Love Your Job Again, the latest in Dr. Ann Clark’s “recreate yourself” series, is a tell-all for employees who are angry, resentful, and stressed by the daily challenges in t...
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January 6, 2014
ACI Specialty Benefits is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an unforgettable gala experience. The star-studded 30th Anniversary Affair will also mark the release of CEO Dr. Ann D. Clark’s new book, Workplace Warfare: Break through Bureaucracy and Love Your Job ...
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November 14, 2013
ACI Specialty Benefits has been honored with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), recognizing ACI for exceptional commitment and support as demonstrated in the crisis response to the tragic Naval Yard shooting in Septem...
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November 13, 2013
ACI Specialty Benefits is pleased to announce that CEO and founder Dr. Ann Clark is a winner of the 20th annual Women Who Mean Business Awards by San Diego Business Journal. This award comes to the ACI team at the end of a very successful year; Dr. Clark and team a...
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October 10, 2013
In the aftermath of the naval shipyard tragedy, Dr. Ann Clark, founder and CEO of ACI Specialty Benefits, and Rafael Cortina, ACI’s Clinical Manager, reach out to the community with a video discussion of mental health and workplace violence prevention. “It was impo...
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September 23, 2013
In Part 2 of ACI’s PPACA series, find out how to lower claims costs and maximize preventive health in ACI Specialty Benefits’ exclusive article, “What PPACA Means for EAPs.” Get the facts about: Parity, Minimum Essential Coverage, Mental Health Statistics, and Prev...
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August 2, 2013
What do the decision-makers in higher education have to do with the solution to school violence? Everything. In an exclusive interview with CEO of ACI Specialty Benefits Dr. Ann Clark, former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said, “School violence is entirely solvab...
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July 24, 2013
ACI CEO Dr. Clark was with Brian Britt last week to discuss many topics on his San Diego radio show.
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July 18, 2013
"There is always a solution to workplace challenges" Founder and CEO of ACI Specialty Benefits, Dr. Clark has continually led ACI into the nation’s Top Ten ranking of the largest EAP providers. As an experienced mental health professional and Fortune 500 consult...
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May 14, 2013
ACI Specialty Benefits has earned the Top Platinum Award distinction for graphic design by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) at the 2013 Hermes Awards. “It’s incredibly rewarding to be recognized by AMCP for ACI’s marketing and ...
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March 27, 2013
Are Millennials really wreaking havoc on the workplace, or is there something more to it?
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February 15, 2013
Dr. Ann Clark has released her latest book, Women & Recovery: Sex, Sobriety & Stepping Up.
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February 14, 2013
Women & Recovery: Sex, Sobriety & Stepping Up, a new book from Dr. Ann Clark, hit digital and print bookshelves on Friday. Published with iUniverse, Women & Recovery is a restorative, honest look at women recovering from alcohol or drug addictions, overeating, b...
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January 25, 2013
Student Assistance Leader ACI Specialty Benefits has launched a new student resource blog titled HealthyU.
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January 25, 2013
ACI Specialty Benefits launches HealthyU™ college blog, a brand-new component of its groundbreaking SOAR student assistance program. With popular posts like “App-ly Yourself: Top Ten Smartphone Apps for College Students” and “School After Service: A Catalyst for Ve...
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January 2, 2013
ACI Specialty Benefits, America’s first-ever specialty benefits corporation, is proud to announce that 2013 marks its 30th anniversary. “It is a joy and an honor to celebrate three decades of innovation, growth and success,” says ACI’s CEO and Founder Dr. Ann D....
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December 7, 2012
Top-Ten Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider ACI Specialty Benefits has added Google+ to their social media arsenal. “Staying on top of the latest trends in social media is one of the unique ways ACI provides program access, news, and opportunities for eng...
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November 12, 2012
ACI veteran benefits and Dr. Ann Clark are featured in this article about the difficulties of veterans returning back to civilian life.
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November 5, 2012
The release of the ACI Veteran Module for EAP clients is highlighted in this article by BenefitsPro magazine.
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September 10, 2012
Gilbert Manzano, ACI’s Chief Administrative Officer, has been named a finalist for Human Resources Professional of the Year. The San Diego Business Journal awards recognize outstanding Human Resources professionals who work in San Diego, as nominated by their emplo...
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July 7, 2012
ACI Specialty Benefits’ CORE Wellness program actively engages employees to live healthy through promotion of lifestyle changes and preventive wellness. As a wellness provider for Alliance Beverage Distributing Company (ABDC), ACI worked with ABDC and brokerage fir...
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July 4, 2012
ACI Specialty Benefits celebrates the Fourth of July with the release a new Veteran’s Module as part of its Top-Ten EAP and SOAR student assistance programs. “In response to an influx in requests for veteran assistance and military-specific services, ACI has cre...
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May 31, 2012
ACI Specialty Benefits has earned the top Platinum Award distinction for the design of the CORE Wellness Wheel from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) at the 2012 Hermes Awards. “It’s incredibly rewarding to be recognized by AMCP...
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May 17, 2012
ACI Specialty Benefits has been named "San Diego's Healthiest Company" by the San Diego Business Journal. ACI Specialty Benefits CEO Dr. Ann Clark with the 1st Place Trophy As the first specialty benefits corporation and longtime wellness leader, ACI makes em...
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February 27, 2012
ACI Specialty Benefits has been recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) branch of the US Navy for its ‘exceptional contribution to the Fleet and Family Readiness Benefits Fair.’ “Providing as much support,...
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January 31, 2012
ACI Specialty Benefits has been selected as a 2012 “Top Business” recipient by DiversityBusiness.com in the 12th Annual Top Business Survey. “This honor is representative of the dedication, work ethic and ingenuity that characterizes each and every employee at A...
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November 16, 2011
ACI Specialty Benefits’ Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations, Tori Barr, will be presenting, “Reintegration and Retention Strategies for Military Students,” at the 2011 Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo on November 17. “ACI’s SOAR student assistance...
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October 21, 2011
It is no secret that social media has changed the recruitment landscape for HR professionals, offering both significant and quantifiable benefits -- as well as, of course, some legal landmines.
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September 30, 2011
ACI Specialty Benefits captures 2nd place as "San Diego's Healthiest Company" for San Diego Business Journal's Healthiest Places to Work 2011.
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June 13, 2011
With a growing demand for simplified, paperless, and easily accessible benefit services, ACI Specialty Benefits has created customized virtual folders and landing pages for its employee assistance, wellness, student assistance and concierge clients. “With ACI’s ...
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January 1, 2011
Dr. Ann Clark sat down with Treatment 4 Addiction to discuss the impact of EAPs at the workplace and the wide range of benefits available.
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December 3, 2010
ACI Specialty Benefits CEO, Dr. Ann D. Clark was named by San Diego Business Journal as a finalist for the publication’s 4th Annual Most Admired CEO Award. The award ceremony held on November 16, 2010 recognized Dr. Clark among dynamic business leaders and role mod...
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November 11, 2010
ACI Specialty Benefits, a Top Ten provider of employee assistance programs, work/life, student assistance, wellness, and concierge services, today announced the relocation of its corporate offices to a nearby, larger facility as of November 16, 2010. “The move s...
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September 23, 2010
ACI Specialty Benefits today announced that Tori Barr, Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations will discuss the emerging market of student assistance in a presentation titled, “Student Assistance: An Opportunity for Employee Assistance Providers” at EAPA’s 201...
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January 1, 2010
ACI's CEO, Dr. Ann Clark, discusses new role of EAP in delivering high-quality student assistance to colleges and universities for EAP Digest.
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November 10, 2009
ACI Specialty Benefits, a Top Ten provider of employee assistance programs, wellness, student assistance and work/life benefits—announced today that Ms. Erin Krehbiel has joined the organization as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development. Krehbi...