Your Trusted Advisors

James J. Kelley


James Kelley directs all of the activities and services for Strategic Benefit Services. He has more than 20 years of experience in the institutional retirement market. Before joining SBS, he served as Vice President, Institutional Relations for The Hartford. Jim has spent much of his career working with health care and other not-for-profit organizations. He holds his New York State life, accident, and health and variable annuities license. He has his FINRA Series 6, 63, and 26 licenses. He is an accredited Plan Sponsor Retirement Professional. Jim joined Strategic Benefit Services in June 2008 and is a graduate of Gettysburg College.

In Jim's role as senior executive for all SBS operations, he sets firm policy and has responsibility for all operations, customer service, and personnel for retirement plan services, employee benefits, and all other Advisory Services.

Jim is based in SBS' Albany office.

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Carol A. Idone, CFP®, AIF®

Vice President, Client Relationship Management and Consulting

Carol Idone has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services and retirement planning market, having previously worked at The Hartford and AIG Valic. Before entering financial services, she was a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG and subsequently served as the Chief Financial Officer/Senior Vice President of Finance at Seton Health System in Troy, New York. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany. Carol holds her FINRA series 7, 24 and 63 licenses and is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

Carol is based in SBS' Albany office.

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John Jezsu

Vice President, Business Development

A significant portion of John Jezu's career has been dedicated to working with healthcare employers in support of their retirement programs. He has more than 35 years of experience in retirement plan consulting and advisory services. His background and knowledge extend to the design, development, and implementation of a variety of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans including 401(a), 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b). Before joining SBS, he served as Vice President of Sedgwick, Noble Lowndes, and as an Employee Benefit consultant. He holds FINRA series 6, 63 and 26 licenses. John received his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut.

John is based in SBS' Rochester office.

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Wesley Price

Wesley Price

Sales Account Executive, Employee Benefits

Wesley Price is responsible for assisting clients with health and welfare benefits, and any other area of human resource consulting. Before joining SBS in 2009, Wes worked in the insurance business for seven years marketing and servicing clients on both an individual and group level. He has spent many years consulting with clients in many other human resource related functions including payroll and background screening. His primary focus is understanding clients' short- and long-term goals and communicating SBS capabilities. He is committed to assisting human resource leaders in achieving greater efficiency while improving their companies overall business performance. Wes is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Wes is based in SBS' Albany office.

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Theresa Reiser

Theresa Reiser

Director, Employee Benefits

Theresa Reiser leads the benefits team at SBS, overseeing both new business and account management. She brings more than 13 years of broker experience and seven years of carrier experience to her position at SBS. Theresa leads her team in plan strategy, renewal negotiation, product placement, and implementation. Theresa holds a life, accident, and health license and is certified in the New York State SHOP Exchange.

Theresa's 20 years of experience in the insurance industry includes a concentration in medical insurance. She began her career in 1995 with Kaiser Permanente, marketing the first healthcare dual delivery system in New York State. Theresa was Capital Area Sales Manager with Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (CDPHP), and most recently a Benefits Consultant with First Niagara Benefits Consulting Group. She held various management and sales roles in these organizations. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning for self-insured programs, healthcare reform/Affordable Care Act consultation, and regulatory compliance.

Theresa is based in SBS' Albany office.

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Peter Margiotta

Vice President, Business Development

Peter Margiotta is responsible for client servicing, retirement plan consulting, and new business development. Pete has more than 25 years of experience in the Retirement Benefit planning industry, specializing in retirement plans for healthcare and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining SBS, Peter held many positions in the retirement industry including National Sales Director at Great-West, where he was responsible for the marketing of Great-West products and overseeing the transition and integration of new clients. Prior to joining Great-West in 2005, Pete worked for Diversified Investment Advisors where his responsibilities included client servicing and marketing.

Pete received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Iona College and maintains FINRA Series 6, 63, 26 and 65 registrations with Healthcare Community Securities Corporation (HCSC).

Pete is based in SBS' Melville office.

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William H. Desormeau, Jr., CFP®, AIF®

Vice President, Retirement and Investment Services

William H. Desormeau, Jr. is responsible for all of SBS retirement plan services. Bill has more than 15 years of experience providing investment and financial advisory services. Before joining SBS, Bill held Financial Advisor and Retirement Planning Consultant positions at UBS PaineWebber. Before that, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Retirement Plan Administrator at Desormeau Vending Corporation. Bill has his New York State insurance license along with holding FINRA series 7, 63, and 65 designations. He also has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ mark from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Bill was awarded the 2006 Financial Frontiers Award by The Journal of Financial Planning and JanusINTECH, as co-author of Optimal Rebalancing Frequency for Bond-Stock Portfolios. Bill is a director of the Center for Institutional Investment Management at the State University of New York at Albany. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, his Master of Business Administration degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society for Business.

Bill is based in SBS' Albany office.

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Joe Geddings

Joseph Geddings

Sales Account Executive, Employee Benefits

Joseph Geddings is responsible for assisting clients with health and welfare benefits and other areas of human resources consulting. Before joining HBS in 2016, Joseph worked in the employee benefit industry for 13 years, with a concentration in medical insurance. Joseph holds a life, accident, and health license and is certified in the New York State SHOP and Individual Exchange. He began his career in 2003 at MVP Healthcare where he was responsible for managing MVP's self-funded employer groups. He was also an Account Representative at Capital District Physicians Health Plan (CDPHP), where he managed community- and experience-rated clients. In 2008, Joseph became an employee benefits broker by joining First Niagara Benefits Consulting as an Account Manager and managed an extensive book of business with multiple lines of coverage. With extensive knowledge in self-funding, experience rating, and community rating, he has developed creative strategies to help employer groups navigate their employee benefit needs.

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