Instructor Biography

 Paul Hackleman


Principal, SST Benefits
Trustee, San Mateo County
Employees’ Retirement Association
Burlingame, California

Mr. Hackleman is the former benefits manager for San Mateo County in Redwood City, California and a consultant with
I.C. Benefits Consulting and SST Benefits Consulting (specializing in health, dental, work/life and deferred compensation plans). He serves as a trustee for the San Mateo County Employees’ Retirement Association (SamCERA). With the county, Mr. Hackleman had responsibilities for health care, dental, vision, life, short-term disability, employee assistance, wellness programs and deferred compensation plans. He also administered telecommuting and catastrophic leave programs, cafeteria benefit plans, the county’s workplace mediation program and flexible work/life programs, and had responsibility for the county’s child-care center. While at the county, Mr. Hackleman served as an elected Board of Retirement trustee for the county’s Retirement Association.
On March 31, 2008, he retired from San Mateo County and is exclusively consulting in the public sector/Taft-Hartley benefits field.
In addition to providing health and pension consulting services, Mr. Hackleman provides strategic planning, facilitation and retiree health/GASB planning services. He has served in the public employee benefit field for 29 years and was named 2006 Benefits Manager of the Year by Business Insurance. Mr. Hackleman is an International Foundation Voting Director, member of the Public Employees Board, the Health Care Management and Coalition Committee and the Ad Hoc Multiemployer Value Based Health Plan Committee. He received his B.A. degree from Callison College, University of the Pacific, Bangalore, India University and his M.A. degree from the University of Chicago. Mr. Hackleman has published three books: Public Employee Benefits: From Inquiry to Strategy (May 2000), Deferred Compensation/Defined Contribution: New Rules/New Game (June 2001) and Defined Contribution Decisions: The Education Challenge (March 2004).

Mr. Hackleman teaches the Certificate Series course, Public Sector 401, 403, 457 Plans with Bill Tugaw. He believes in interactive training in which the “audience” has important information and experience to share.