This Month’s Featured Expert
DCW Group Works to Cut Insurance Costs
This month’s Business Expert is Bob Gearhart Sr. from DCW Group, an employee benefits and business consulting firm based in Boardman. Gearhart Sr. is president of the third-generation family business. In this Q&A column, he discusses the challenges facing the nation’s health care system.
How did you start in insurance?
Bob Gearhart Sr., president of DCW Group: I come from an insurance family. For over 42 years, my father was the general manager of benefits and compensation for Republic Steel/LTV Steel in Youngstown and Warren. Our agency began when my mother started Health Care Claim Consultants in 1992 to assist retirees in filing and reconciling their medical claims. I began working with my dad at Republic Steel during my summers while in high school. My role expanded during college when I began working at Republic Employee Benefits Inc., a subsidiary of Republic Steel.