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.
Joshua Pincus-Sokoloff, CFO
Josh was born and raised in New York City until his family re-located to Baltimore, MD in 1992. In 2000 he enrolled at The University of Maryland, College Park and graduated Cum Laude in 2004 with a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in Spanish, and a citation from the honors college. Josh entered the employee benefits industry immediately after graduation at the age of 21. Josh married his wife Kathleen in 2011 and they live in downtown Baltimore.
Over his career, Josh has worked with hundreds of employers to assist in creating and enhancing their benefit packages. He has worked hard to develop relationships with clients, insurance carriers, and other industry partners and believes that these relationships allow his firm to provide a unique approach to the development and maintenance of a benefit package.
Josh started in the insurance industry as a sales representative with Aflac and was successful in both agent and manager roles with the company. After joining The MWE Partnership in 2015, Josh works closely with Matt to ensure that all carrier contracts are negotiated to ensure the best possible rates and underwriting offers for their clients. Josh also assists with managing the day to day business operations for the Agency as well as managing a large personal block of business.
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 Annapolis with her husband, Jason, and their French bulldog, Frankie.
Dale Shaddock, Partner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scott Nathan, Senior Benefit Enrichment Coordinator
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!
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.
Deidra Clark, Training Coordinator
From Allentown, PA, Deidra spent nearly ten years in retail management with a strong focus on coaching and training employees in the store’s daily operations. As her family grew, she began looking for a career with the flexibility to be more present with her children, while continuing to develop others in the workforce.
Deidra joined the insurance industry in 2014, beginning with individual life insurance and moving into supplementary benefits. Currently, she leads recruiting in addition to her role as Training Coordinator at The MWE Partnership. She enjoys finding new talent, especially with individuals who have a passion for helping others. Working closely with new associates, Deidra focuses on giving them support and coaching as they start their insurance agent careers. She finds purpose in helping others develop their personal vision, as well as sharpening their natural abilities.
In her spare time, Deidra enjoys going on adventures with her family. She appreciates the quality time she can have with her three children and knows that they treasure it as well.
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.
Stephanie Rigdon, Executive Assistant
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.
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The MWE Partnership is a dynamic, experienced voluntary benefit agency with comprehensive insurance solutions to meet the needs of your business. We want to help you attract and retain quality employees with robust supplementary insurance and voluntary insurance. We work with businesses as a national insurance broker and also work locally in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis, and Columbia. To build our partnership today and learn more about our consultative solutions, please contact us.