Back in 2000, we established the Honorary TASC Club Award to recognize those individuals who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of TASC. Award recipients include former TASC Board of Advisors members Frank Bastian, Ron Myren, and Glen Pulver, Providers Rich Kielman and Berwyn Westra, former Regional Sales Directors Norm McMurtrie and Tom Pugliano, the owner of a TASC acquisition, Robert Bunbury, and long-time TASC executive Maurie Ash.
It was with great pleasure that we recently inducted long time Board of Advisor member Doug Weisenberger into the Honorary TASC Club. I met Doug in 1987, when he contracted as a FlexSystem Provider with TASC. Backing up a bit… We first learned about Doug from his wife Kim, a graphic designer, who at the time was helping my father (Don Rashke) create a presentation. When Kim learned about TASC, she suggested that her husband could help us grow. Boy, was she right.
Certified in Long-Term Care, Doug wears many hats. He’s an Investment Representative, a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Life Underwriter, and a Chartered Financial Consultant. Since starting his career with North Star Resource Group in 1981, Doug has maintained a philosophy that every employee benefits plan must be viewed as a corporate asset, not a corporate liability.
Shortly after contracting with TASC he signed up Madison Family Dental as his first FlexSystem Client. And today, more than 25 years later, Madison Family Dental is still a TASC Client. Doug was also instrumental in an initiative with other Providers to promote AgriPlan and BizPlan to more customers.
As a member of the TASC Board, Doug demonstrated his thoughtful and deliberate manner on many occasions. He helped TASC through good and tenuous times alike, with innovative counsel and guidance. Doug assisted with the evolution of the TASC Card and TASC’s shift toward increasing acquisitions and expanding service offerings.
Throughout the years Doug has been a dynamic force in finding potential board members. He has gone out of his way in countless ways to set up and facilitate meetings with prospective board members. It was through Doug’s help that we added Mike Petrushka to the TASC Board.
After 13 years as a Board member, Doug officially retired from the TASC Board on Friday, November 7th. In true Doug fashion, when making this decision to step down he deliberated within the broader context of TASC’s future and the importance of evolving the Board’s makeup through time. I thank him for his time, effort, and friendship.