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Michael Clark Recognized as 2019 Rising Star in Advising by Employee Benefit Adviser

January 24, 2019

CLEVELAND – Jan. 24, 2019 – Michael Clark, Oswald Sales Executive, Employee Benefits, has been named to the 2019 Rising Stars in Advising class by Employee Benefit Adviser.

According to the award release, the 2019 class of Rising Stars in Advising was selected by the Employee Benefit Adviser editorial team after a month-long process resulting in 20 honorees, ranging in age from 26 to 35 years old. They “represent a new generation of leaders from around the country who are tackling the issues of wellness, healthcare and new benefits offerings with new perspectives.”

Clark joined Oswald Companies in 2015 as a Sales Executive and in his first year was awarded the “Rookie of the Year/Top Newcomer” award. The following year he was awarded the “Top Producer/Organic Growth” award. He continues to invest in learning and understanding all aspects of the industry.

Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Kent State, where was a member of the 2012 College World Series team and a Major League Baseball draftee. He is pursuing his master’s degree in business administration at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Outside of work, he actively participates and volunteers with numerous Northeast Ohio organizations and nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron-Canton FoodBank, National Football HOF, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center, Knights of Columbus, Volunteers of America, VeloSano, and more. During baseball season, you can find him at a local field helping coach different youth teams. He also participates as a team member for Oswald in Cleveland’s annual Corporate Challenge.

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As shared by Steve Baltas, Senior Vice President, Director Benefits Sales:

“Michael has been a Risk Management Sales Consultant for our organization for over four years after pursuing a career in professional baseball. During his tenure he has risen above his peers and exceeded all expectations continually reaching sales goals and cultivating client relationships with a holistic approach to solving complex problems and always delivering on his promise. His passion for excellence, integrity, resourcefulness and commitment to his community make him a promising leader in our organization.

It comes as no surprise to me that Michael has been recognized for this award. He possesses a thirst for knowledge greater than anyone I have seen at his age and his drive to convert that to a practical business environment is impressive.

Michael has achieved Rookie of the year honors in his first year and led the company in organic new business development the past three years. He is a leader, coach and tremendous teammate.”

Connect with Michael on LinkedIn.

Learn more about Oswald’s Employee Benefits Division.

About Oswald Companies

Founded in 1893, Cleveland-based and employee-owned, Oswald is one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage firms. As a proud Partner of Assurex Global, the world’s largest association of privately held insurance brokers, our risk management professionals service and support the needs of our clients worldwide. Learn more at