Meet the Team

Our Mission

The firm’s philosophy of selective client partnerships allow it to devote its resources to providing creative customized benefits strategies followed by proactive service excellence. ELT strives to exceed client expectations and to maintain enjoyable relationships and efficient client interactions.

ELT seeks to establish long term mutually rewarding relationships with rapidly growing and challenging organizations.  The firm wishes to partner with people that they enjoy working with and who adhere to the basic tenets of open communications, honesty, integrity, sincerity, consideration, concern for others and the basic premise that personal relationships are important.  Once ELT identifies and establishes a partnership, the firm commits their resources to covet the relationship with service excellence.


    Ed Lee

    Ed is the President of our firm and lead broker on our key accounts.  He is responsible for overseeing the ELT team in all aspects of our client partnerships.  He supervises the information gathering, RFP, benefits strategy, carrier negotiations and wellness processes.  Ed is proud to be able to lead an awesome team of dedicated […]

    Tracy Podzimek

    Executive Vice President
    Tracy has been part of ELT since inception and brings over 17 years of experience in the employee benefits industry.  Her experience has been within a brokerage environment, as well as part of an HR team for private and public employers.  Tracy works closely with her clients to establish short and long term objectives to […]

    Reid Middleton

    Vice President
    Reid is a California licensed attorney and insurance adviser with extensive business and legal expertise in employee benefit programs, business succession planning and overall risk management.  He has accumulated over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry and its various component systems. Prior to joining ELT; from 1995 through 1998, Reid served as in-house counsel […]

    Andrea Durazo

    Senior Account Executive
    Andrea’s responsibilities include renewal benefit analysis, RFP development, implementing and auditing web-based benefits administration systems, assisting in claims and billing resolution and open enrollment support. Andrea’s experience includes 13 years as a licensed insurance agent with expertise in selling and servicing individual and group benefits.  She has worked with Ed and his team for 12 […]

    Nicholas Lee

    Benefits Coordinator
    Nick comes to ELT with some experience in the areas of administrative assistance and customer service. He works alongside the  elite account management team to deliver professional customer service to exceed client expectations.  His responsibilities include assisting account managers in resolving day-to-day service issues, renewal preparation, performing core administrative functions and  assists in the resolving of client inquires and issues […]

    Janet Schneider

    HR Consultant
    Janet has over 25+ years of experience in human resources, benefits, payroll, accounting, finance and administration.  She has held various management positions in large San Diego based companies in franchising, government contracting, and telecommunication industries.  Janet brings her benefits, human resources, and analytic skills to assist the ELT team with special projects, administration, client support, […]

    Patty Nunley

    Benefits Consultant
    Patty has over 23 years of expertise as a licensed Health, Life and Disability Broker in California.  Patty specializes almost exclusively, in the area of individual and family health insurance.  She has the deep knowledge and credentials to guide clients through the ever changing landscape of the individual and family coverage market. She is certified […]