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Alliance Benefit Group Unveils New Identity


ALBERT LEA, MN, December 8, 2016 -- A CEO who can dream again. A CFO who can actually forecast her company's health care budget. A Human Resource director who can rid himself of administrative burden and actually support his employees again. What makes this a reality? The human intelligence and interactive technology behind intellicents, formerly named Alliance Benefit Group Financial Services, Corp. (ABGFS).

Officially launched December 1, 2016, intellicents is reimagining financial services for employers and individuals. Through group insurance consulting, retirement plan design, fiduciary investment consulting, and personal wealth management services they are paving a smarter way for the American worker and their employer.

"Our mission of financial confidence for the American worker continues to be the heartbeat of our organization," says Brad Arends, J.D., CEO. "Our aim is that this new identity will only heighten our ability to drive home our mission, bringing to you the most progressive ideas and technology."

intellicents' team is the recipient of many prestigious financial services awards including Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.'s 2014 Best-in-Retirement Business IMPACT Award, Fidelity Investment's 2015 Be Greater Retirement Advisor Award, and Plan Sponsor's 2016 Retirement Plan Adviser Mega Team of the Year award*. The firm's technology includes the intellicents™ Digital Advisor, all my benefits™ Bright Choices Exchange, and the all my money™ Financial Wellness App. All of which can be seamlessly incorporated through an "intellicently" designed employee benefit or financial planning engagement delivered by their highly seasoned and tenured consulting team.

"We've always prided ourselves in being pioneers within the investment management and employee benefits community," says Grant Arends, president. "Our firm is cutting edge, combining the newest and best ideas that are supported by most innovative technology. The name intellicents speaks perfectly to this legacy and our mission as a company."

The decision to fully rebrand came amidst the sale of their recordkeeping and administration division, Alliance Benefit Group North Central States, Inc. (ABGNCS) to Alerus Financial, N.A. ("Alerus") (OTCQX: ALRS) at the beginning of 2016.

"Within our own industry, the Alliance Benefit Group name has always been predominately known as a recordkeeping company. Since 1993 we have "shared" the Alliance Benefit Group name with our administration division\company -- ABGNCS. Effective January 1, 2016 we elected to sell ABGNCS to Alerus. Going forward, our sole focus is providing investment management and employee benefits consulting services to companies and individuals. It is imperative to us that our identity reflects that," says Grant Arends.

More information about intellicents can be found online at intellicentsinc.com.

About intellicents

intellicents provides group insurance consulting, retirement plan design, fiduciary investment consulting, and personal wealth management services to small- to mid-sized employers and individuals. With corporate headquarters in Albert Lea, Minn., and branch offices in Eden Prairie, Minn., and Kansas City, Kan., they serve over 200 employers, with 36,000 participants, and over $2.6 billion in assets under management. For more information go to intellicentsinc.com.

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