Employee Spotlight: Chris Tamanini, ACA Subject Matter Expert
As part of our Employee Spotlight series, we sat down with Chris Tamanini to talk with him about his career, family, and role with eBenefits.
Tell us about yourself and your background.
I have 17 years of experience in human resources across the health care, insurance and banking industries — including work with the Bank of New York Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). I serve as a resource on legal compliance issues and provide technical and specialized work in areas like regulatory compliance, streamlining operational processes around government reporting, design of decision management tools, and analysis and reporting of localized and system-wide metrics.
I have a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in finance from Duquesne University’s Palumbo graduate school of business, as well as a Doctorate from Duquesne University’s Hanley School of Law with a focus in labor and employment law.
I live in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with my wife Rachel, daughter Lilliana, and son Paul.
What do you find most reward or satisfying about your role at eBenefits?
Since joining UPMC in 2012, my role has involved design of decision management tools. This has included finding ways for large employers to effectively negotiate the business risks created by the Affordable Care Act. I’ve been privileged to work with the talented leaders and staff of eBenefits in a consulting capacity as a subject matter expert in the design and development of ACA administrative tools.
What are some of your hobbies and interests?
My family plays a central role in my life. So when I’m not working, I’m finding new ways of spending time with them, including: time outdoors, sports activities, visiting parks and museums, cooking together, reading, and watching movies at home. My wife and I also enjoy activities in the Pittsburgh Cultural District (plays, musicals, and art), and the many terrific restaurants in the Pittsburgh area.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would play you and why?
If I could pick from any era, I’d go with Robert Redford. Why? Because you should always be yourself. Unless you can be Robert Redford. Then always be Robert Redford.
How would you describe your perfect Saturday?
I’d be at the beach with sunny weather and my family.
What is something that people don’t normally know about you?
I’m a dog person, and a book lover. I think once you’ve had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished. I also think outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.