About Us - Bim Group

Your Employee Benefit Partner

Bim Group started small—with one employee in 1979. Today, we have grown organically into a recognized industry leader with a team of 30 dedicated professionals working to meet the needs of 450+ employer clients who employ over 70,000 employees. Our clients embody a range of industries including manufacturing, health care, coal, equine, construction, legal, education and retail.

The Bim Group experience is more than a service, it’s a partnership.

Our Relationship with UBA

We are a proud “Partner Firm” of United Benefit Advisors (UBA)a community of more than 140 of the most successful and trusted independent employee benefits advisory firms in North America and Europe – the fifth largest firm based on global benefits revenue 1.

UBA partner qualification requires strict adherence to the highest standards of business ethics, professionalism and integrity – values that translate into exceptional service for employers. Partners share their collective innovation and best practices, which allows for the development of sophisticated, cost-effective solutions that are unparalleled by any local, regional or national broker/consultant. Through this partnership, Bim Group offers the Best of Both Worlds – the confidence of working with a large national organization, while maintaining the personal experience of consulting with an independent advisor.

1 Source: Business Insurance: Calendar year 2016 figures released July 2017. Based on the percentage of global benefits revenues reported.

Our Culture

Bim Group professionals maintain a relentless work ethic to serve our clients with innovative advice, strategic direction, and counsel. Our team members challenge one another in a creative and collaborative process to deliver a unique client experience that is designed to exceed expectations. We are a perennial “Best Places to Work” award winner, making us the employer of choice in the employee benefits industry. This designation is an honor because it is bestowed on Bim Group by our own employees.

We hold ourselves to the ideals we make possible for clients. Bim Group strives to better places of work – while being a better place to work.

Executive Leadership Team

L. Briggs Cochran
L. Briggs Cochran
CEO
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Dustin Stacy
Dustin Stacy
President / Sr. Benefit Consultant
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Heather Taylor
Heather Taylor
Sr. Director of Operations
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Benefit Advisors

Jeff Truitt
Jeff Truitt
Sr. Benefit Consultant
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Benji Marrs
Benji Marrs
Sr. Benefit Strategist
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Jamey Bennett
Jamey Bennett
Sr. Benefit Advisor
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Evan Ball
Evan Ball
Benefit Advisor
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Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson
Business Development Director
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Account Services

Kylene Oepping
Kylene Oepping
Manager of Account Services / Account Executive
Tracy Whipple
Tracy Whipple
Account Executive
Katie Casey
Katie Casey
Account Executive
Jeannie Metcalf
Jeannie Metcalf
Account Executive
Betty Daniel
Betty Daniel
Manager of Account Services / Account Manager
Kathy Patchel
Kathy Patchel
Account Manager
Lindsey Bohon
Lindsey Bohon
Account Manager
Bonnie Cupps
Bonnie Cupps
Account Coordinator
Kyle Stacy
Kyle Stacy
Manager of Client Services / Account Executive
Ashley McCollum
Ashley McCollum
Account Coordinator
Ashley Wright
Ashley Wright
Account Coordinator
Brittany Johnson
Brittany Johnson
Account Coordinator

Client Services

Debbie Lemons
Debbie Lemons
Client Service Specialist
Jan LaBonde
Jan LaBonde
Client Service Specialist
Rose Taylor
Rose Taylor
Client Service Concierge
Teresa Lainhart
Teresa Lainhart
Client Service Concierge

Underwriting & Data Analytics

Matt Clifford
Matt Clifford
Manager of Underwriting & Data Analytics
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Jake Gregory
Jake Gregory
Sr. Analyst, Underwriting and Data Analytics
Evan Brown
Evan Brown
Financial Analyst

Marketing & Communications

Elyse Bandy
Elyse Bandy
Manager of Marketing & Communications
Kurt Kittinger
Kurt Kittinger
Graphic Designer / Technology
Kristina Durbin
Kristina Durbin
Administrative Coordinator

Recent Insights

September 28, 2022
Compliance Alert

Departments Issue No Surprises Act FAQ and Clarify Independent Dispute Resolution Process

READ TIME: 6 MINUTES The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (the “Departments”) recently released final rules regarding the No Surprises Act. The rules specifically address required independent dispute resolution (IDR) of certain claims and expenses and finalize prior interim final rules relating to information that group health plans must […]
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September 28, 2022
Webinar

Webinar: Navigating Tax-Favored Accounts and Consumer-Driven Health Care

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 1 – 2PM CST Register Now Learn the similarities and distinctions between the many tax-favored accounts available to employer groups and their interaction with a high deductible health plan (HDHP). Learn the advantages and disadvantages to employees and employers of the: Flexible spending account (FSA) Health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) Health saving […]
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September 6, 2022
No Surprises Act

Departments Issue Final Rules to Clarify Dispute Resolution and Transparency under the No Surprises Act

READ TIME: 6 MINUTES On August 19, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (the Departments) released final rules regarding the No Surprises Act provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The rules address the No Surprises Act’s required independent dispute resolution (IDR) process and finalize prior interim final rules […]
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September 6, 2022
Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

Important 2023 ACA Reminders for Applicable Large Employers

READ TIME: 4 MINUTES The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes numerous requirements for applicable large employers (ALEs) to meet to maintain compliant group health plans. Many of these requirements change annually, so we provide you this overview of the key facts and figures to keep in mind for 2023. Affordability Threshold The ACA imposes an […]
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