March 19, 2009

Unified Group Services Named Small Business of the Year Finalist

March 19, 2009. Unified Group Services is pleased to announce their selection as a top finalist in the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Small Business of the Year Award. Unified ranked in the top six finalists out of a field of more than 50 small employers throughout the state of Indiana. Award winners were selected based upon their business success, a commitment to employees and community involvement.

President and CEO, Rich Mousty, expressed his appreciation at receiving this honor: “At a time when the news is filled with so many large company lay-offs, it is exciting to be a part of select group of small businesses that are thriving and supporting their communities. Unified Group Services is honoured to be named as a finalist for the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Small Business of the Year Award. Unified’s growth and success is directly attributed to our employees. The personal customer service we provide, while using new and leading-edge technologies, has resulted in many satisfied and loyal customers.” Unified Group Services is a third-party administrator providing health, dental, vision, and short-term disability benefit administration services for self-funded companies. They also offer online benefits manager for their members and an industry leading medical management and wellness program. Unified currently handles over 26,000 employee lives and 56,000 covered lives.

Unified Group Services, Inc. was founded in 1996 in the sunroom of the home of owner and president, Richard L. Mousty. Working along side with co-founder, Faith Hailey, Unified quickly outgrew the sunroom and moved into offices in Pendleton, Indiana. In February 2004, Unified relocated to their new 13,000 sq. ft. facility in Anderson, Indiana. By 2008, the company had added 9,000 sq. ft. to its existing facility in order to provide the space needed for current and future growth. Differentiators such as a dedicated claims account managers, low staff turnover, 5 day claims turnaround time and a live answer phone operating system has enabled Unified to grow, and also maintain, their client base.

The company provides jobs for over 110 employees from around the Anderson/Madison County area and is now considered one of the major employers in the Anderson area. The company’s culture and employment practices have allowed them to maintain a very low employee turnover rate. Not only is Unified committed to its employees, it also is a benefactor to a number of community organizations. In the Anderson/Madison County area, Unified has supported, either through direct donations or fundraising activities, the St. John’s Children’s Clinic, Alternatives, Inc., The Christian Center, South Madison Community Schools, the Jeremy Rodecap Foundation which provides scholarships to Pendleton High School students and the YMCA. Unified has been an avid supporter of the YMCA Corporate Challenge which supports wellness and physical fitness in the Madison County community. As a result the company has won the small business division award in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007.

Unified Group Services was ranked as the “4th Largest Indianapolis Area Employee Benefits Services Firm” in 2006, 2007 and 2008 by the Indiana Business Journal. UGS was also listed by IBJ as one of the “Fastest Growing Indianapolis Area Private Company” for 2001-2002, 2002-2003 and 2003-2004.

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