This Month’s Featured Expert

Bob Gearhart Sr., DCW Group

Bob grew up in Austintown and graduated from The University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and a minor in personnel.

Before joining DCW Group in 2006, Bob spent over 20 years on the insurance carrier and banking side of the industry. He was instrumental in building and managing three of the largest bank owned insurance agencies in the country and is a nationally recognized speaker on bank insurance product distribution.

Grateful for an amazing wife of 32 years, and two sons, Bob Jr. and Michael, Bob enjoys taking in the sunsets over Evans Lake with Debbie at their home in Poland.

Bob is passionate about rescuing companies from the outdated methods being used by health insurance brokers, which are costing companies time, money, and talent. By leveraging experience, relationships and technology, Bob provides companies the knowledge and tools to become an employer of choice.

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.

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