ARISTA Receives United Benefit Advisors’ “UBBIE” Award

ARISTA Receives United Benefit Advisors’ “UBBIE” Award

Prestigious Award Recognizes Leading Agencies, People, and Organizations in the Benefits Insurance Field

ALPHARETTA, GA – June 15, 2017 – Arista Consulting Group is proud to announce it was chosen as the United Benefit Advisors (UBA) Partner Firm of the Year during the annual “UBBIE” Awards (pronounced you-bee) presentation. The award honors Partner Firms, Principals, agency staff, and Strategic Partners who have demonstrated significant achievements toward their involvement with UBA, the clients they serve, and the benefits insurance industry as a whole.

“The sincerest form of flattery is being recognized by your peers, and we are humbled and honored to be chosen for this prestigious award for the second time,” says Travis Riker, Principal with Arista Consulting Group.

The UBBIE Award winners were announced at the 2017 UBA Spring Conference in Rosemont, Illinois, which was attended by more than 400 employee benefit and financial advisors including 45 insurance carriers and product service providers. This annual event is an opportunity for UBA thought leaders to discuss the rapidly changing benefits industry and what is required of successful advisor firms looking to stay ahead of emerging trends.

During the award presentation, comments about Arista Consulting Group included our tireless efforts to exceed our client’s expectations. Furthermore, Arista Consulting Group regularly shares information with other UBA Partner Firms, reaches out to their peers, attends UBA conferences, and participates on committees to better serve clients and provide best-in-class service to employers and their employees. In addition, Arista Consulting Group partners with other UBA Firms on client initiatives to help fill gaps and has a main objecting of putting people first.

About Arista 

Employers who care about the well-being of their employees rely on Arista Consulting Group for the design, implementation, and management of their custom benefits solution. The value employers receive is driven by Arista’s precisely focused industry expertise and empowered by the practical application of highly relevant benchmarking and modern data analytics. The value employees receive is driven by Arista’s calling to lead people to financial security and empowered by world-class employee advocacy and proactive health services. For more information, visit

About United Benefit Advisors®

United Benefit Advisors® (UBA) is the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization with more than 200 offices throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. UBA empowers more than 2,000 Partners to both maintain their individuality and pool their expertise, insight, and market presence to provide best-in-class services and solutions. Employers, advisors and industry-related organizations interested in obtaining powerful results from the shared wisdom of our Partners should visit



FSFOA Conference 2017

FSFOA Conference 2017

June 20-23, 2017

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa

We are very excited about the upcoming conference at the beautiful Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa in Ft. Myers June 20th – 23rd. The theme this year is “Shell Shocked” which is befitting the beautiful shells Sanibel Island is famous for and the state of school finance and pending legislation in Florida.

The board of directors have been working hard to put together an excellent conference. Tuesday, the CPE day, will open with an accounting and audit update in the morning, followed by mini sessions with tracks in financial reporting, budgeting and information technology. Wednesday, the official opening of the conference, will begin with a welcome by the Superintendent of Lee County Schools followed by the DOE update with Linda Champion and her team and a legislative update from Joy Frank of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. Read more

Pioneer RESA Conference 2017

2017 Pioneer RESA Summer Leadership Conference

June 13-16, 2017

Brasstown Valley Resort

Begin the 2017-2018 school year with all the essential information that will be provided at the 28th Annual Leadership Conference at Brasstown Valley Resort. System-level planning time will be available onThursday afternoon. Registration includes Tuesday evening meal, breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, and breakfast on Thursday and Friday. If lodging is needed, Pioneer RESA has reserved a limited number of guest rooms at Brasstown Valley Resort for the 2017 conference. Read more

GASPA 2017 Spring Conference

GASPA 2017 Spring Conference

May 31 – June 2, 2017

King and Prince Resort

The Georgia Association of Personnel Administrators is pleased to announce the 2017 Spring conference on May 31 – June 2, 2017 at the King and Prince Resort. The Theme of the conference is “Cultivating Climate and Culture” and a tentative agenda will be posted on our GASPA website around the middle of March. )

The Professional Standards Commission will provide a certification update on Thursday. Phil Hartley will be presenting a legislative update session on Friday. Dr. Curtis Jones, Superintendent of Bibb County Schools, will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Jones has received numerous accolades during his tenure in education. He currently serves as a governing board member for the American Association of School Administrators (ASSA) and Past President for the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA). He received the Bill Barr Leadership Award from GSSA and the President’s Award in 2012.  In 2015, he was one of the finalists for the 2015 Georgia Superintendent of the Year Award. He has served as a member of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Ethics Task Force.



2017 GAINS Annual Conference

2017 GAINS Annual Conference

May 4-5, 2017

Savannah Marriott Riverfront

GAINS Annual Conference for 2017 will be held on May 4th and 5th and it will again be at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront HotelRegister Here!

2017 GSSA Spring Bootstrap Conference

2017 GSSA Spring Bootstrap Conference

April 18 – 19, 2017

Savannah, GA

2017 GSSA Spring Bootstrap Conference – Member Registration

2017 GSSA Spring Bootstrap Conference – Sponsor Registration

SASBO Conference 2017

SASBO Conference and Discovery Forum
April 3-5, 2017 – Rosen Plaza, Orlando, Florida

SASBO is your link to a network of business officials through out the Southeast who have jobs just like you. Using online access, you can collaborate and promote with power and passion all you have to offer in enriching individuals and the your education community.  We invite  you to be a part of our vibrant association! Register Here!

ARISTA Earns 2016 Constant Contact All Star Award

ARISTA Earns 2016 Constant Contact All Star Award

Recognized Among Top 10 Percent of Customers Driving Powerful Email Marketing Results

ALPHARETTA, GA – March 15, 2017 – Arista is pleased to announce that Natalia Gubkin has been named a 2016 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact, part of the Endurance International Group, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: EIGI) family of brands and the trusted marketing advisor to hundreds of thousands of small organizations worldwide. The annual award recognizes the most successful 10 percent of Constant Contact’s customer base, based on their significant achievements using email marketing to engage their customer base and drive results for their organization during the prior year.

“Email marketing continues to deliver the highest returns of any marketing channel. Yet its ability to engage customers, drive awareness, boost sales, and increase donations isn’t always a given. It requires a balance of best practices and relevant content delivered through a powerful email marketing engine,” said Jamie Waldinger, Senior Director Corporate Development & Strategy, Constant Contact. “This year’s All Stars embody that balance and we laud ARISTA’s achievements with this All Star Award.”

The criteria that was used to select this year’s All Stars required that the following be meet during 2016:

  • Level of engagement with email campaigns
  • Open, bounce, and click-through rates
  • Use of social sharing features
  • Use of mailing list sign-up tools
  • Use of reporting tools
  • Work for a small business or non profit

David Hatter, President of Arista explained that “to serve our clients a mile deep we must ensure that we are getting important messages to them that are accurate, professional, and timely. Natalia’s ability to deliver these messages to our clients is a key differentiator that separates Arista from the rest. Natalia’s attention to detail and ability to produce immaculate graphics fits perfectly into the Constant Contact functionality. Natalia definitely deserves this award because of her ability to provide strategic and creative marketing assistance to the team. Additionally, she has taken true ownership in ensuring that Arista follows best practices and enhance these best practices better to deliver exceptional results.”

About Arista

As you will hear in Arista’s Corporate Brand Video, Arista was started to ensure that people were put first – both internally and externally. Arista believes in Our Best for Yours. Our PEOPLE are our only competitive advantage. If you create an environment where the best PEOPLE want to come and stay, you can accomplish tremendous things. Arista is driven by a clear purpose of leading people to Financial Security by making Benefits, Retirement and Wealth decisions easy. For more information, visit:

About Constant Contact

Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company and a leader in email marketing since 1995, provides hundreds of thousands of small businesses around the world with the online marketing tools, resources, and personalized coaching they need to grow their business. For more information, visit:

About Endurance International Group

Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) (em)Powers millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to vitalize their online web presence, email marketing, mobile business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, iPage,, BigRock, SiteBuilder and SinglePlatform, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs more than 4,000 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit:

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Workplace Benefits Renaissance Conference 2017

Workplace Benefits Renaissance Conference 2017

March 1-3, 2017

New Orleans, LA

At Workplace Benefits Renaissance, March 1-3 in New Orleans, you’ll learn from the most successful leaders in the benefits industry and make new relationships with people and organizations that will help you achieve new levels of success and service.

From the combined resources of Employee Benefit Adviser and the Workplace Benefits Association, 500+ brokers, agents and advisers attend every year to discover the latest strategic approaches, tools and technologies to grow their practice Read More…

In The News – Travis Riker Promoted To Principal

Travis Riker has dedicated his career to helping employers decipher their human capital management needs. Considered a thought leader among his clients and peers, he continually strives to invest in the future of others. Often a frequent speaker and author, Travis specializes in topics such as health care trends, progressive strategies to reduce health care cost, and health care reform, including 1094/1095 reporting.

Helping shape the company’s vision of creating a future where financial security empowers clients to discover and serve THEIR calling is one of Travis’ true passions. His dedication to Arista’s future is a testament to his tireless efforts to ensure that his clients are the first to receive innovative ideas. Clients regularly thank Travis for the insight and guidance he provides. His work makes a significant difference in his clients’ lives, and he is continually motivated by their successes every single day.

When asked to describe Travis, David Hatter, Founder of Arista, shared “Travis started nine years ago as our first full time employee and due to his dedication and talents has recently joined me as a Principal of Arista. Travis has expanded the size of our business 3.5 times over the last three years. Working with him and watching him grow professionally, while also growing the business, has been a true honor! I am constantly appreciative of the number of client testimonials we receive thanks to Travis’ hard work and dedication.”

Co-workers often sing Travis’ praise as well. Marie Hanner, Benefits Analyst at Arista, had this to say about him. “It is truly inspiring to work with Travis. Each day he’s excited to be at work and serve his clients. His enthusiasm inspires me to do the best that I can for our customers. When he engages with other team members, you automatically feel his passion. I have never worked with anyone who cared as much about their job, their clients, and their employees as Travis Riker.” 

While revenue and growth may drive the company’s bottom line, what drives Travis is much more personal. At his core, he is a “people person” and is passionate about helping others succeed. Both he and his wife, Sally, are actively involved in multiple charities, and Travis has contributed to a number of professional organizations. Several of these include: the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association of School Business Officers, Georgia Accounting Information Network Support, Alabama Association of School Personnel Administrators, Florida School Finance Officers Association, and Society for Human Resource Management.

Travis is a Registered Employees Benefits Consultant and a Registered Health Underwriter, both prestigious designations in his industry that require extensive testing and industry knowledge. Dedicated to continuous learning, he is currently pursuing his Certified Self Funding Specialist designation, as well. Prior to joining Arista, he spent 8 years as an award-winning Employee Benefit Consultant with two Fortune 500 companies. He has used this experience to serve as an integral leader in creating the substantial growth of Arista Consulting Group.

While pursuing a degree at the University of Indianapolis, Travis received a soccer scholarship and graduated Cum Laude. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his children, Chloe and Liam, and traveling the globe with his wife Sally.


GASBO Annual Conference 2016

GASBO Annual Conference 2016

November 8 – 11, 2016

Augusta, GA

The Georgia Association of School Business Officials (GASBO), comprised of leading school business officials from throughout the state, will be holding its 51st Annual Conference November 8-11, 2016 at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center in Augusta, Georgia. Read more

2016 GSSA Fall Bootstrap Conference

2016 GSSA Fall Bootstrap Conference

October 19 – 20, 2016

Athens, GA