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Posted On: Jul. 29, 2007 12:00 AM CST


Managing Director and Principal
McGraw Wentworth
Troy, Mich.
Age: 46


Named earlier this year as the first managing director of one of Michigan’s largest employee group benefits brokerage and consulting firms, Rebecca A. McLaughlan has more than 20 years of industry experience in developing, evaluating and implementing group benefit programs for midsize public and private organizations. As one of her responsibilities, Ms. McLaughlan oversees McGraw Wentworth’s Southeast Michigan Mid-Market Group Benefits Survey. Launched in 2004, the annual survey benchmarks local benefit plans, issues and emerging trends unique to the region. Under her watch, the survey has grown to include more than 450 local employers.


Best professional advice: "Quite some time ago, someone told me if you do what you love doing, you will be successful. I have found this to ring true with my own professional development and success. I have also found it to be an important fact to remember when recruiting new people and/or moving people to new assignments."


Professional role model: "While I have had a number of role models over the years, I would have to select Tom McGraw, the president of McGraw Wentworth, as the individual who has been my strongest role model. More than anyone, Tom has built the culture at McGraw Wentworth through demonstration of his own personal integrity and ability to bring out the best in people."


Early aspirations: "I always saw myself working in the financial side of business, with a bank or other financial institution. Today, I find myself using those financial skills in a dynamic industry that I truly enjoy."

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