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.

L. Briggs Cochran
L. Briggs Cochran
President & CEO
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Heather Taylor
Heather Taylor
Director of Employee Benefit Services
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Dustin Stacy
Dustin Stacy
Sr. Benefit Consultant
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Jeff Truitt
Jeff Truitt
Sr. Benefit Consultant
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Benji Marrs
Benji Marrs
Sr. Benefit Strategist
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Evan Ball
Evan Ball
Benefit Advisor
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Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson
Business Development Consultant
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Greg Engle
Greg Engle
Benefit Advisor
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Deanna Sizemore
Deanna Sizemore
Director of Compliance
Ellie Burnside
Ellie Burnside
Account Executive
Kylene Oepping
Kylene Oepping
Account Executive
Tracy Whipple
Tracy Whipple
Account Executive
Jeannie Metcalf
Jeannie Metcalf
Account Executive
Rose Taylor
Rose Taylor
Client Service Specialist
Betty Daniel
Betty Daniel
Account Manager / Team Lead
Melena Robinson
Melena Robinson
Account Manager
Kathy Patchel
Kathy Patchel
Account Manager
Lindsey Bohon
Lindsey Bohon
Account Coordinator / Account Manager
Bonnie Cupps
Bonnie Cupps
Account Coordinator
Hannah Allen
Hannah Allen
Account Coordinator
Teresa Lainhart
Teresa Lainhart
Client Service Specialist
Debbie Lemons
Debbie Lemons
Client Service Manager
Jan LaBonde
Jan LaBonde
Client Service Manager
Kyle Stacy
Kyle Stacy
Client Service Manager / Team Lead
Kurt Kittinger
Kurt Kittinger
Graphic Designer / Technology
Matt Clifford
Matt Clifford
Underwriter / Lead Financial Analyst
Jake Gregory
Jake Gregory
Financial Analyst
Carol Brewer
Carol Brewer
Executive Assistant
Elyse Bandy
Elyse Bandy
Marketing Manager

Recent Insights

May 13, 2019
Compliance Alert

Compliance Recap – April 2019

April was a busy month in the employee benefits world. For a printable version of this blog, please click here. The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) issued its parameters for the defined standard Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit for 2020. In the court case challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s […]
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May 8, 2019
KCIT, News

Introducing Best Doctors – Now Available to All KCIT Members!

All KCIT members now have access to the recently added Best Doctors solution! This is an extension of the HealthiestYou app already available to you free of charge as a member benefit. With Best Doctors you are able to have your medical case reviewed by the best specialists in the world without ever having to leave your home. With one central […]
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May 8, 2019
Direct to Employer, News

Lexington Clinic Partners with Berea College

LEXINGTON, Ky. – May 8, 2019 – Lexington Clinic is pleased to announce Berea College has signed a multi-year, exclusive population health and premier provider network agreement with Lexington Clinic. With this agreement, approximately 1,200-1,300 members will become covered and gain affordable access to all Lexington Clinic offices and associate practices under Lexington Clinic’s award-winning […]
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May 6, 2019
Association Health Plans, DOL, ERISA

Update on DOL’s Association Health Plans Final Rule

On April 26, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an appeal in the court case that recently invalidated portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s June 2018 association health plan (AHP) final rule. The DOL’s final rule broadened the definition of “employer” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to allow an additional […]
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