Welcoming Our New VP of Strategic Accounts

We are very pleased to bring on board a very knowledgeable and experienced Vice President of Strategic Accounts. Ari will be tasked with the great honor of working with many of our clients on ensuring they are always getting exactly what they, and their employees, need. More importantly, he aspires to educate, empower, and equip our clients to improve the lives of their workers through everything that we have to offer. 

Welcome to the family, Ari! 

He can hereby be reached at ari.kandel@nicgrp.com.


Prior to joining NICG, Ari was an Assistant Vice President in the New York City office of Aon Hewitt. Ari founded Aon Hewitt’s extensive work with charter school organizations, which included over 80 schools. He was also a founding member of the private equity health and benefits team and the middle market steering committee.

Ari’s responsibilities have included account and project management for small and middle market employers, mergers and acquisitions due diligence, creating and implementing new plans for spin‑off companies, financial analysis and strategic consulting. He also developed subject matter expertise in complex group health plan structures, consolidation and associated regulations (portfolios, consortia, MEWAs, PEOs, etc.).

Prior to joining Aon, Ari held a position as a health and benefits specialist for a national insurance carrier. Before that, he was a health and benefits consultant at a smaller consulting firm.

Ari graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.