Sports Leagues Leadership Team

Howard Fluhr – ChairmanHoward Fluhr
Chairman

Mr. Fluhr joined The Segal Group in 1969 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1994 through 2005. He has been Chairman since January 1, 2006, and has been a member of the board since 1987.

Mr. Fluhr has been, and continues to be, consultant to both publicly held and private organizations. In addition to consulting on retirement plan and health benefits issues, he is often called on by senior management and boards to participate in the development of total compensation and human resource strategies as a key element of overall business issues. Mr. Fluhr also works with boards to improve and enhance governance, particularly in privately held organizations.

Mr. Fluhr is also the lead Sibson consultant to a number of our sports organization clients.

A cum laude graduate of New York University, Mr. Fluhr earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and philosophy. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and the International Actuarial Association, and an Enrolled Actuary.

Mr. Fluhr has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) since 1994 and was Chairman of that board for two years. He has served as a board member and vice president of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and as a Board member of the American Academy of Actuaries, for which he also served as vice president of its pension council. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and The Economic Club of New York. He is also a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development.

Mr. Fluhr has spoken before many professional and industry groups, including the National Association of Corporate Directors, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Society of Actuaries, the American Academy of Actuaries, the Enrolled Actuaries Meeting, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, as well as participating in teaching classes at the graduate level at the Harvard School of Business. He has testified before a Presidential Commission on public policy issues related to retirement.

In addition, Mr. Fluhr is the author of numerous articles on human resource and employee benefits issues.

 

Daniel Fries – National Market DirectorDaniel Fries
SVP, National Market Director

Mr. Fries joined the New York office in 1988 and has held such leadership positions as Vice President, Senior Vice President, Co-Head of the New York office, Chief Operating Officer, Member of the Board, and Member of the Board's Compensation and Audit Committees. He is currently National Market Director of Sibson Consulting.

Mr. Fries has special expertise in qualified and non-qualified plan design, deferred compensation funding strategies, defined benefit and defined contribution retirement and group health and welfare benefits.

Mr. Fries serves as the lead consultant to some of our larger sports industry clients. Before joining the Company, Mr. Fries worked as a senior benefits consultant for a major insurance company and large global money management organization where he provided technical consulting services for pension, defined contribution and deferred compensation arrangements. Prior to this, he worked as a registered investment advisor for a private investment firm specializing in fixed-income investments for pension plans.

Mr. Fries has lectured on benefits compliance issues, non-qualified plan design, deferred compensation and funding options for several leading benefits and human resource management forums. He has been quoted in several business publications and has taught classes for the American Medical Association and other organizations as part of their credential programs.

 

Doron Scharf – Consulting ActuaryDoron Scharf, MAAA, EA
SVP, Consulting Actuary

Mr. Scharf is a Senior Vice President and Consulting Actuary in Sibson’s New York office. He has many years of actuarial experience. As a consulting actuary, Mr. Scharf has extensive expertise in preparing, reviewing, and consulting on issues related to corporate pension plans as well as postretirement medical plans.

Mr. Scharf's pension and benefits expertise includes retirement plan redesign and strategy. He evaluates both the impact on companies' emerging contributions and financial statements as well as the effect on the employee population, both in the short term and the long term.

Mr. Scharf is also a member of Sibson’s Sports Practice Leadership Team and is a leading consultant to several major sports leagues, both in the U.S. and internationally. He provides consulting and quantitative analysis to help address the unique challenges faced by leagues. Mr. Scharf leads Ref360 (www.ref360.com), Sibson’s data-driven call evaluation program used by leagues to assess the performance of their referees on a call-by-call basis.

Mr. Scharf received a BS in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary.