First Nonprofit’s President and CEO Mario Poretto Honored with J. Eldred Hill, Jr. Award

July 11, 2023

First Nonprofit’s President and CEO Mario Poretto Honored with J. Eldred Hill, Jr. Award

Mario Poretto, First Nonprofit President and CEO

First Nonprofit is delighted to announce that our esteemed President and CEO, Mario Poretto, has been recognized with the prestigious J. Eldred Hill, Jr. Award. This accolade was presented to him at the 2023 Unemployment Insurance Issues Conference held in Memphis, TN, on June 28, 2023. Click here for a video of the awards ceremony.

The award, named after the renowned J. Eldred Hill, Jr., former president of UWC – Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation (formerly UBA), acknowledges individuals who have exhibited exceptional expertise in public policy, particularly in their service to the employer community. Mario’s outstanding contributions were acknowledged by UWC, as outlined below:

“Unemployment caused by the pandemic of 2020 and 2021 resulted in charges to reimbursing employer accounts that could not have been anticipated and in many cases would have exhausted reimbursing trust fund reserves. In the face of this historic challenge for non-profit and reimbursing employers, Mr. Poretto led the formation of the Nonprofit UI Relief Coalition to educate congress, governors, and state legislatures about the impact of the pandemic on non-profit employers and the need for relief from charges to employer accounts.

The coalition developed and implemented a plan that was successful in securing a 50% federal credit for reimbursing employer accounts in the CARES Act, a subsequent 75% credit pursuant to the Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act, executive orders issued by governors, and state legislation to provide relief. Without Mario’s leadership in this critical period, a majority of the nation’s reimbursing entities would have incurred crippling charges to their accounts. Mr. Poretto continues his dedication to ensuring that the Nation’s Ul system protects employers, particularly those in the often overlooked non-profit sector. We are honored to recognize Mario Poretto for his leadership in Unemployment Insurance.”

UWC – Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation (formerly UBA)

Mario Poretto’s exceptional achievements in navigating these unprecedented challenges and advocating for the welfare of employers within the nonprofit sector exemplify his commitment to excellence and his profound impact on the field of Unemployment Insurance. First Nonprofit is privileged to have Mario at the helm, guiding our organization toward continued success and service to our valued clients. Congratulations once again to Mario Poretto on this well-deserved recognition. His outstanding leadership and dedication are truly an inspiration to us all.

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