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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Scott Snowden
Scott Snowden
Sr. Benefit Strategist
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Evan Ball
Evan Ball
Benefit Advisor
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Karen Day
Karen Day
Benefit Consultant
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Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson
Business Development Director
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Griffin Miller
Griffin Miller
Benefit Advisor

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
Leesa Hayes
Leesa Hayes
Sr. Account Manager
Kathy Patchel
Kathy Patchel
Account Manager
Lindsey Bohon
Lindsey Bohon
Sr. Account Manager
Bonnie Cupps
Bonnie Cupps
Account Coordinator
Jeri Payne
Jeri Payne
Account Coordinator
Kyle Stacy
Kyle Stacy
Account Executive
Ashley Wright
Ashley Wright
Account Coordinator
Brittany Johnson
Brittany Johnson
Account Manager

Client Services

Ashley McCollum
Ashley McCollum
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
Kristina Durbin
Kristina Durbin
Data Analyst

Marketing & Communications

Elyse Bandy
Elyse Bandy
Manager of Marketing & Communications
Kurt Kittinger
Kurt Kittinger
Graphic Designer / Technology

Recent Insights

January 30, 2023
HR Elements

HR Elements: Workplace Culture | Why Best Friends Have Benefits at Work

READ TIME: 3 MINUTES You likely remember your first work friend. They showed you the ropes and helped you navigate office politics. Today, research shows that work best friends are not just nice to have, but also play an essential role in employee engagement and retention. Fostering a buddy-friendly environment can reap benefits in many […]
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January 26, 2023
Compliance Alert, DOL

DOL Announces 2023 Penalties for Health & Welfare Plan Compliance Errors

READ TIME: 4 MINUTES Since 2015, federal agencies have been required to annually review the laws and regulations they enforce to adjust applicable penalties for inflation. These adjustments, or so the theory goes, provide higher incentives for plan sponsors to ensure their benefit plans and programs remain compliant. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) […]
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January 18, 2023
Webinar

Webinar: Shedding Light on Qualifying Events and Special Enrollment Periods

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 1 – 2PM CST Register Now Attend this month’s webinar to learn how, when, and why the Internal Revenue Service allows an employee to make midyear election changes. Gain insights into: Section 125 irrevocable plan elections Which family members are impacted by permitted changes, and the “family glitch” Common HR errors […]
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January 18, 2023
News

IRS Grants Permanent 30-Day Extension to Providing Individual ACA Statements

READ TIME: 4 MINUTES ‘Tis the season for applicable large employers (ALEs) to scramble to meet their Affordable Care Act (ACA) obligation to provide full-time employees with individual statements that provide group health coverage information required to be filed with the IRS on Form 1095-C. Although the ACA generally requires ALEs to furnish individual statements […]
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