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2020 40 Under 40: Erica Gaynor, 38

Employee Benefits Adviser, Ollis/Akers/Arney

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Erica Gaynor is an employee benefits adviser, but she’s held just about every position offered at Ollis/Akers/Arney. During her 14 years with the company, she’s helped navigate the often-complicated waters of health insurance, including the 2014 rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act.

In her civic work, Gaynor partnered with girls at Bingham Elementary School to create messages of hope for children living at Isabel’s House, a local crisis nursery. She also is an active member of the Junior League of Springfield, volunteering for projects with the Plaid Door, Ozarks Technical Community College Middle College, Reed Elementary and Arts in the Park.

What is your best productivity hack? Organization. I’m probably the most organized person you’ll ever meet. I make very detailed lists and plans that get me through the day.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Don’t wish your life away! My parents would always tell me this growing up. The older I get, the faster time goes and it can be really sad; you blink and the years just pass you by. I try to live each moment God gives me of this beautiful life to the fullest.

Have you ever met a celebrity? I’ve met Mike Tyson twice in Las Vegas. And no, he did not bite my ear. Extremely nice guy!

What is your favorite hobby? My husband and I love to travel. Cabo and Turks and Caicos are a couple of our favorite spots.

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