Our Executive Team

The team at Kushner & Company is highly skilled, talented, and passionate about serving our clients. Kushner & Company is led by an experienced team of thought leaders in the HR and benefits arena.

Gary Kushner SPHR, CBP

Gary B. Kushner is the Chair and President of Kushner & Company

Internationally recognized as an expert in the field, he is one of the nation’s most sought after speakers on HR strategy and employee benefits. He has advised four U.S. Presidents on health care and has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and the U.S. House Small Business Committee on employee benefit issues.

Gary Kushner is also a frequent resource to the news media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Associated Press, Knight-Ridder, the Kiplinger Washington Newsletter, CNN News, Fortune, MSNBC, and “Good Morning America” among others. Additionally, he serves on the Editorial Review Board of HR Management magazine and an adviser to the Hope Health Letter.

Prior to establishing Kushner & Company in 1982, Gary Kushner held human resource policy-making positions in both the private and public sectors including the compensation and benefits area. His academic credentials and certifications include the following:

Senior Professional in Human Resources designation (SPHR), Certified Benefit Professional (CBP). MPA. in human resources from Western Michigan University, BA from Franklin and Marshall College.

His professional and community involvement includes serving as a founding member of the board of directors for the Kalamazoo Area Academic Achievement Program (the forerunner of the Kalamazoo Promise); past board member of the SHRM board; past chair of the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI); vice-chair of the Economic Alliance of Michigan; past treasurer of the Bronson Health Foundation; board member of the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation; and many others.

Jennifer Alfieri, MBA

Jennifer Alfieri is the CEO of Kushner & Company

Jennifer Alfieri joined Kushner & Company in 2001 and has held a number of positions within Kushner & Company including employee benefits assistant and client services manager. She currently serves as Kushner’s CEO. Previously, Jennifer was the company’s COO. In that role, Jennifer was responsible for the account management team’s daily operations with a focus on improving operational systems through a commitment to continuous improvement.

She has developed Kushner’s internal data collection processes by setting outcomes as well as customer and supplier standards that support the organizational mission and improve the overall client experience. In addition, Jennifer has extensive experience in employee benefits administration and working in a collaborative team-based environment that assures client expectations are consistently exceeded.

Jennifer has been active in a variety of community organizations, including the Epilepsy Foundation, Kushner & Company’s Community Events Team, serving on the board of the Portage Community Center, and others.

Jennifer’s academic credentials include a BBA degree in human resource management from Western Michigan University and an MBA. in value driven organization systems from Central Michigan University. Other key competencies include employee benefits administration, continuous process improvement and goal management.

Joel Kushner, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Joel Kushner is Chief Human Resources Officer for Kushner & Company

An expert in employee benefits, Joel joined the firm in 1993. Before assuming his current position in 2010, he successfully served as a retirement plan specialist and managed the firm’s Philadelphia-area office for five years. Joel’s HR and benefits expertise is sought after in areas of HR strategy, team development hiring strategy, on-boarding strategy, HR audits, and retirement plan strategy and design. He has been invited to speak on topics relating to retirement plan strategy and design, as well as retirement plan administration and compliance.

Prior to joining Kushner, Joel – who has a bachelor of arts in accounting – held managerial positions with several companies. Clients often cite his combination of in-depth knowledge of HR, retirement plans, financial acumen and business expertise as being of particular value.

In addition to his professional activities, Joel is active in his community. His current affiliations include Education Chair for the local SHRM Chapter (KHRMA), board member at Portage Community Center, board member of KHRMA’s annual Day of Development, as well as volunteering at Generous Hands, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, Kalamazoo Area Academic Achievement Program, Spence-Chapin Adoption Agency and the United Way.