Steve Selinsky has succeeded Russ Childers as president of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

Mel Schlesinger will take over as president-elect, according to NAHU, Arlington, Va.

Selinsky is director of sales and marketing at BeneSys Inc., Troy, Mich., a company that provides administration and technology services for Taft-Hartley multiemployer union health plans.

Selinsky has been president of the metropolitan Detroit chapter of NAHU and now sits on the board of his community’s chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Falls Church, Va.

When he took over from Childers at NAHU’s recent annual meeting in Chicago, he talked about the need to understand the new federal health system change laws and the laws’ effect on U.S. health care consumers.

“I believe–now, more than ever–agents and brokers play a critical role in educating and navigating our clients through this ever-changing industry,” Selinsky said, according to a summary of his remarks provided by NAHU. “They need experienced and educated benefit professionals to help them plan for their future health, financial and retirement security. As NAHU members, we need to embrace change and prepare for the changing landscape of our health care system.”

Schlesinger, the president-elect, started out in vacuum cleaner sales, got into the voluntary dental insurance sales business, and later became a sales trainer.

In 2008, Schlesinger started Plans For Health Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., a wellness firm.

Schlesinger has been a president of local and state NAHU chapters.

The other NAHU national officers are Bruce Benton of Tarzana, Calif., vice president; Thomas Harte of Chester, N.H., treasurer; Linda Erlenbach of Aurora, Ohio, secretary; and Childers of Americus, Ga., immediate past president.

The membership chair is Heather Roberts Harte of Glendale, Colo., and the legislative chair is Susan Maley Rash of Richmond, Va.

The NAHU regional vice presidents are Joseph Michaels of Armonk, N.Y.; James Stenger of Morristown, N.J.; Michael Embry of Chesterfield Township, Mich; Kathryn Beals of Madison, Wis.; Christopher Harrison of Fayetteville, N.C.; Michael Rivera of Houston; Ruthann Laswick of Phoenix; and Donald Goldmann of Orange, Calif.