History, Team, and Experience
The MWE Partnership is on a mission to connect your company with the benefits that you and your employees need the most.
The MWE Partnership has over 17 years of experience providing competitive voluntary benefits packages to businesses of every size throughout the country. Through our continued growth as a national insurance broker, we have proven our commitment to meeting the comprehensive needs of business owners and employees. The MWE Partnership works with national insurance carriers who have compelling and reliable offerings to meet the needs of an ever-changing marketplace. We are fortunate to have fantastic relationships as a preferred professional insurance enrollment firm with many insurance carriers including Unum, Aflac, Transamerica, Allied Health, The Hartford, Amalgamated Life, and Baltimore Life. Want your business to become a part of our history? Contact us today to get started with our experienced voluntary benefits agency today.
The MWE Partnership Team & Experience
Matt Evans, CEO & Founder
Chief Executive Officer and founder of The MWE Partnership, Matt was born and raised in Cranford, NJ, and moved to Maryland in 1998 to attend Towson University. He graduated in 2002 and immediately began his career in voluntary benefits. Matt married his wife, Kandis, in 2012. They have a daughter, Mona, and a son, William.
Over the last 14 years, Matt has had the privilege of working with over 1,000 companies and sold over $35 million in voluntary benefits. He attributes his success to the relationships he has developed over the years with brokers including financial advisors, health brokers, and property and casualty agencies; as well as his dedicated and hard-working team of associates.
Matt began his career as an Aflac sales representative and accrued over a decade of consistent success with the company. He realized that the market was changing due to significant reform in health care. Brokers of all types began to inquire about other product lines and carriers frequently. It became apparent that brokers and companies alike needed to be open to all voluntary carriers. As a result, The MWE Partnership was created.
Matt and his team do not concentrate on a particular type of company, but instead, focus on where the relationship exists. You can find hospitals, unions, construction companies, government contractors, and any other type of business imaginable within his book of business. Matt is always looking to build new strategic partnerships with additional brokers and is open to discussing new sales associated positions available within The MWE Partnership.
Drew Skibitsky, COO
Chief Operations Officer and Partner, Drew began working with Matt in 2010 after graduating from American University, where he studied Business Administration and Spanish. When he first joined Matt’s team, it was in a period of rapid growth and in need of someone to assist with daily and long-term operations. Drew began to wear many hats within the organization and spent his time helping a diverse range of clients with their different service and operational needs. This period allowed him to learn the business from the inside out.
Since starting with The MWE Partnership over seven years ago, Drew has helped the company to grow its portfolio of voluntary benefit offerings, as well as to streamline implementation processes for new clients. He enjoys the opportunity to help employees choose benefits that are tailored to their needs and sees voluntary benefits as a fantastic evolution from traditional employer-sponsored benefits.
Scott Pevenstein, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
Scott met The MWE Partnership founder, Matt Evans, in 2010 and shortly after embarked on his voluntary benefits insurance career with Aflac. His outstanding performance earned him the 2011 U.S. Aflac Rookie of the Year award, followed by his induction into the prestigious Aflac President’s Club in 2012. Scott became a partner at MWE in 2016, where he serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, a role in which his expertise and special focus on large broker partnerships and companies fuels the continued development of some of the strongest client relationships in the highly-competitive voluntary benefits landscape.
Scott is a graduate of Roanoke College, where he studied business administration. His illustrious past business endeavors include sales, management, and marketing positions, with an emphasis on strategic relationship growth in telecommunications and national beverage distribution. He then expanded his entrepreneurial career by contributing to the launches of two successful companies in the global positioning system (GPS) and information technology (IT) sectors. Most recently, Scott has continued to serve in an entrepreneurial capacity through his role as an original founding partner of Grilled Cheese & Co., where his influence has helped the company grow to four locations (and counting).
Scott resides in Historic Federal Hill with his beautiful wife, Arika, and their pack of four-legged family members. In his spare time, he volunteers with Animal Allies Rescue Foundation (AARF) and works to better the lives of United States military veterans. He also enjoys exercising, golfing, surfing, and supporting his favorite teams—the Washington Redskins, the Baltimore Orioles, and the University of Maryland Terrapins.
Edwin Avent, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion
Mr. Avent is a Partner and Director of Diversity and Inclusion for MWE Partnership. A licensed life and health insurance producer himself, Edwin’s role, besides helping employers provide voluntary benefits to their employees, is to lead MWE’s effort to build a culturally diverse team that reflects the communities it serves. Edwin’s passion is to help diverse and underserved communities close the wealth gap that exists in America by helping more families build and protect their assets through insurance products.
A Philadelphia native, Mr. Edwin Avent, is a long time resident of the Baltimore community, a successful entrepreneur and a passionate community servant.
Over the last 25 years, Mr. Avent, has been the owner of 4 different companies, U.S Prevention Marketing Group, a company that promotes healthy lifestyles; The Redwood Grill Restaurant, a stylish restaurant in downtown Baltimore; Twenty First Century Group, an advertising and public relations firm and Heart and Soul Magazine, a national women’s healthy lifestyle magazine. Mr. Avent brings those experiences to bear when interacting with business owners who seek to provide a robust benefits offering to their employees.
A graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Avent is a devoted husband and father of two wonderful sons, the Co-Founder of the non-profit mentoring and scholarship organization, Black Professional Men, and is chairman of the board of The Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, a charter school devoted to preparing Baltimore City boys to become college graduates.
William Fedo, Office Manager & Customer Service
Will started in the insurance industry in January 2012 as an agency recruiter. Shortly after his time recruiting, he moved into a benefits consultant role, where he helped small companies develop benefits packages. Since 2016, Will has been working as an office manager and HR professional representing The MWE Partnership.
Dale Shaddock, Director of Recruiting & Training
For 22 years, Dale dedicated his life to the health and fitness industry. He worked throughout the East Coast gaining invaluable experience running a variety of facilities from 8,000-36,000 sq. ft., from $300,000-$3,000,000 gross revenue, and from staffs of 5-100+. He landed in Maryland with his family in 2000. Dale and his wife, Lori, have been married for over 26 years and have three terrific children: Erika, Wade, and Cole.
After undergoing major neck surgery, Dale decided to do something different and changed careers completely. In 2007, he opened an insurance agency and partnered with Aflac. Since then, he has specialized in assisting businesses and individuals to meet their needs with the right supplemental insurance products. He has guided hundreds of companies through the process of complementing their current health insurance offerings while keeping up with constantly-changing health insurance demands.
Before joining The MWE Partnership, Dale ran a million-dollar agency in Delaware for three years, where he received “Best of the Best” management honors and President’s Club recognition in 2011. In 2014, Dale became the Maryland East/DC State Market Trainer for Aflac until 2016, when he joined The MWE Partnership team.
Stephanie Rigdon, Director of Group Benefits
New to the East Coast, Stephanie hails from Indiana, where she studied psychology at Indiana University. After moving to Virginia, Stephanie began her career in insurance with GEICO, where she earned a spot in the top quartile for sales. Recently, her husband’s promotion prompted Stephanie, her husband Josh, and their son Oscar, to relocate to Maryland where The MWE Partnership was in search of a uniquely qualified executive assistant.
Stephanie began her career with The MWE Partnership in 2016 and has been a vital asset to us, both as the executive assistant to Matt Evans and as the leader of voluntary life insurance department. She holds her licenses in health, life, property, and casualty.
John Leckliter, Partner
The most rewarding aspect of John’s career has been the countless relationships that he has built over the years with business owners and their employees. Those relationships were built helping business owners provide a cutting edge benefits package that offers greater financial protection for their employees. He enjoys assisting their employees in selecting benefits that fit their families’ needs and helps prepare for the unexpected.
He began his career in insurance in 2004 with Aflac as a Producer. He spent 10 years of his career as a Special Projects Coordinator coordinating producers and enrollments of all sizes. He achieved President’s Club for 7 consecutive years with Aflac. He recently joined the MWE Partnership where his experience and expertise in Voluntary Benefits adds great value.
John has resided in the Annapolis area for the last 30 years after moving from Prince George’s County in 1986. John loves to go to Redskins, Orioles and Washington Capitals games with his wife Michelle in his free time. He is looking forward to games with his son Camden who was born in 2016. John is a sports enthusiast, running one Fantasy Football League each year and participating in Fantasy sports year round. He also referees youth and high school football.
Sarah Robertson, Partner
Sarah was born and raised in Greenbelt, Maryland and began her career in 2001 as a marketing intern for Aflac. Sarah has a degree in Business Administration and graduated cum laude from Towson University in 2002. Sarah has 15 years of experience with business-to-business (b2b) sales, marketing, broker development, sales management, and providing clients and employees with exceptional customer service and expert benefit knowledge of the supplemental voluntary benefits market. Sarah is an elite member of Aflac’s President’s Club.
Sarah manages a team of top producers which include her husband, brother-in-law, mother, and several close family friends. Sarah recently married her husband, Jason, in October 2016. In her spare time, Sarah loves to travel the world and spend time long-distance running. She has completed two JFK 50-mile ultra-marathons. She volunteers and mentors at-risk youth and women who are recovering from addiction. Sarah currently lives in West River with her husband, Jason, son, Lewis and their two French bulldogs, Frankie and Dolly.
Willie Beverly, Partner
Willie was born and raised in Washington, DC, and he is the father of three beautiful ladies, one ambitious son, and is blessed to be the grandfather of four lovely grandbabies that he enjoys spending quality time with. Willie was previously involved in the law enforcement industry for over 20 years. In addition, he has functioned as a successful business owner and entrepreneur for over 20 years, running multiple businesses at once, and has leveraged that knowledge successfully since joining The MWE Partnership in 2015.
During his first five years, Willie has achieved many successes and has quickly grown his portfolio to include businesses in varying size, ranging from hospitals & credit unions to consulting firms and day care centers.
Willie appreciates the importance of protecting yourself as well as your family, and he believes strongly in taking care of employees and working to ensure they have access to every resource possible. When working with his clients, Willie’s primary focus is to ensure that the employees’ best interests remain at the forefront of their insurance decisions. He has worked with a variety of small businesses, focusing on ways to help offer more benefits without increasing business expenses, specifically identifying ways to help them recognize a decrease in workers compensation expenses through the addition of voluntary benefits for their employees.
On a personal level, Willie is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoys attending games annually. In any given year you will find him traveling abroad, embarking on a new adventure, or revisiting a previously enjoyed island location. To unwind after a hectic day, you will typically find him enjoying a good cigar with a glass of scotch.
Jean Claude Fresnel, Jr., Partner
Jean-Claude has over 18 years of experience in the voluntary benefits marketplace. He is a graduate of Lincoln University with a degree in Business Administration. His proven track record with large accounts has delivered national recognition among Insurance Carriers. Government, Healthcare, Education, Construction and Technology are the core of Jean-Claude’s portfolio. In his spare time, Jean-Claude enjoys skiing and spending time with his family.
Scott Nathan, Partner
Scott is a true Marylander and has lived in the Free State all of his life. In 2005 He received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Robert H Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.
After college, Scott began his career in voluntary benefits and focused on providing extraordinary customer service. At that time, he worked exclusively with Aflac and had the opportunity to work with mid to enterprise level clients with a concentration in the Healthcare and Construction industries. Scott and Josh have worked closely together for over a decade and in addition to managing a sizable personal book of business, Scott also assists with large account coordination and policy design for the agency as a whole. While the carriers and programs have expanded over the years, Scott’s driving focal point through his career has always been dedicated client service.
Scott and his fiancée Winnie currently reside in Silver Spring, Maryland. In addition to his insurance career, Scott is passionate about financial literacy, the Baltimore Orioles, and all things Terps!
Cathlene Funk-Pauliny, Partner
Cathlene, born and raised in Baltimore, began her career before graduating from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Cathlene is one of our most valued assets, as she has accumulated nearly 19 years of expertise in voluntary benefits and worksite marketing. Cathlene and her husband, Todd, are the proud parents of Paige, Peyton, and Parker Edward and reside in Phoenix, Maryland. Cathlene serves on the social committee at Hillendale Country Club, as well as serving as the first female board member of the area’s premier skeet and trap club, LRSTC.
Having specialized in the field of voluntary and worksite benefits for 20 years of what will be considered the most revolutionary time in benefits history, Cathlene has forged strong, long-lasting relationships with countless business owners, advisors, and brokers. Two of her best attributes are her dedication to client satisfaction and her attention to detail.
Howard Eaton, Managing Partner Iowa Division
Howard is from Helena, AR, and moved to Iowa in 1991 to attend Iowa State University on an athletic scholarship. Attending Iowa State University, Howard received his B.A. in Business Management and was a 2-year letterman in basketball, team captain and helped lead his team to 2 consecutive NCAA appearances. He graduated in 1994 and began a successful 14 – year career in customer service and sales leadership, managing call centers for 3 different Fortune 500 companies. He later received his EMBA from the University of Memphis in Executive Leadership. Howard married his wife, Tracy, in 2014. The have three children, Aiden, Harrison and Maya. Howard serves on the boards of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Parenteen (a non-profit).
Howard began his career in voluntary benefits in 2011 with Aflac, having great success as a producer which quickly lead to leadership roles. Over the past 9 years, Howard has had the privilege of leading teams that delivered customized voluntary benefit solutions to over 15,000 companies and sold over $38 million in voluntary benefits.
With changes in the voluntary benefits market due to health care reform, Howard realized that he needed to diversity his solutions portfolio with additional carrier options to meet the everchanging needs of his clients and broker partners. When deciding on the way forward, Howard was aware of the success of the MWE Partnership having known Matt for over 7 years. Howard and his business partner, Josh Terrell, met with Matt and his team and the IA Division of the MWE Partnership was born.
Howard and Josh launched the Iowa Division in Des Moines, IA and are committed to delivering the exceptional solutions and service to their IA clients that MWE clients have come to expect and deserve. We look to building new strategic partnerships with IA brokers and insurance producers.
Josh Terrell, Managing Partner Iowa Division
Being a coach at heart, Josh finds his passion and purpose in helping agency teammates and business partners reach their personal and professional goals. Josh began his career in the industry in 2012 with Aflac, and has had the privilege in serving, assisting, and partnering with hundreds of clients (in all industries) over his tenure. Josh has received multiple Nationally recognized company awards for operating with his team at a high level. Taking a true consultative approach, Josh seeks to create customized solutions for his clients. As an entrepreneur, Josh remains a student of business development, and takes pride in supporting local company growth. Together, Josh and Howard manage and operate the expansion of our Iowa division.
Attending the University of Dubuque, Josh received a B.A. in Health, as well as an MBA. Before graduating, he also earned wrestling honors, being a 4X All-American and National Champion for the Spartans.
Outside of work he enjoys quality time with his wife, Tina, and their 1-year old daughter, Jenesis. Together they enjoy community involvement, such as: Serving on a non-profit board (ParenTeen), music and children’s ministry in their local church, various community service projects. They also like traveling together, hosting friends and family, and outnumbering dad’s household vote.
Melissa Lynch, Senior Benefits Enrollment Coordinator
Melissa graduated from Towson University in 2006 with a degree in mass communications and marketing. At the same time, she also began an internship with The MWE Partnership, which kicked off her career in the voluntary benefits marketplace.
Melissa currently manages over 300 payroll accounts, ranging from small employer groups to large corporate entities. Throughout her time with The MWE Partnership, Melissa has been involved in all aspects of the business, including but not limited to broker relations and the marketing, servicing, and implementation for our clients. Melissa enjoys living in Annapolis with her husband Chaz and golden retriever Reagan.
Michelle Leckliter, Senior Benefit Counselor
Michelle began working in the Voluntary Benefits arena in 2007 after working as a X-Ray Technologist and MRI Technologist for several years. With over 13 years of experience, you can count on Michelle to be abreast of new benefit offerings, benefit trends and the healthcare landscape. Her greatest pleasure has been working alongside The MWE Partnership and utilizing the company’s resources to offer the best benefits at the best rates that help employees achieve financial security and peace of mind.
She has lived in Maryland for most of her life. She currently lives with her husband John and son Camden in Severna Park, MD. She loves the beach, dancing, gardening and to travel (especially to see her other son, Michael, in South Lake Tahoe!).
Carolin Bermudez, Senior Benefit Counselor
Carolin Bermudez was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Bronx New York. She comes from a strong hard working family that believes by helping others, you will find your true passion in life. Carolin worked at Prince George’s county public schools as an Spanish interpreting for 4 years, providing skills as an interpreter helping the outreach to the community into one language. In 2016 her life took a different path discovering the insurance industry. She has been helping clients and families by offering them voluntary benefits solutions. She continues to do what she loves by helping others as a Benefits Counselor. Carolin is proud to Represent MWE Partnership with dedication and professionalism.
Jason Robertson, Senior Benefit Counselor
Jason Robertson grew up in Hyattsville, MD and has over 10 years of experience in the voluntary benefits industry. Jason specializes in working with union members and contractors. He enjoys traveling, fishing, gardening and spending time with his four children, wife and friends.
Jeremy Young, Senior Benefit Counselor
Jeremy Young has over 12 years of experience in the voluntary benefits industry. Jeremy loves spending time on the water, boating and fishing. He lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Kent Island with his beautiful wife and 2 children, Gia and Jimmy.
Ray Spresser, Benefits Consultant
Began work with MWE Partnership in Sept 2018. Retired from the U. S. Postal Service after 40+ years creditable government service (combination of military and Postal Service). Spent 14 years as a Letter Carrier and 22 years in Management. Managed the Loch Raven, Dundalk, Parkville and Hamilton Post Offices. U. S. Navy Veteran. Background actor for House of Cards (Seasons 2-6), VEEP (Season 3), and Homeland (Season 7).
Laura Roettger, Benefits Consultant
Laura received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University and her Master’s Degree in education from University of North Florida. She recently moved to Maryland with her husband Daniel, to be closer to family. Laura started her career with MWE Partnership in 2019 and brings with her 15 years of education experience. She thoroughly enjoys educating individuals on voluntary benefits and helping them find the right policies for their family. Laura enjoys playing USTA tennis and going to Ravens and Orioles games.
Sydney Rosati, Benefits Consultant
Sydney was born and raised in Frostburg, MD, graduated from Frostburg State University with her bachelors degree in Exercise and Sports Science and her masters in 2018 in Business Administration. Shortly after graduating with her MBA she moved to Crofton with her then fiancé and started with MWE.
Sydney has flourished quickly in this business, helping many clients and employees along the way. In 2018 Sydney was awarded many top producer awards.
Sydney lives in Pasadena with her husband Nick and their spoiled Golden Retriever, Nala. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys puzzles, spending time with her family and taking her dog on walks.
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