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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Jamey Bennett
Jamey Bennett
Senior Benefit Advisor
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Evan Ball
Evan Ball
Benefit Advisor
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Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson
Director of Business Development
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Greg Engle
Greg Engle
Benefit Advisor
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Deanna Sizemore
Deanna Sizemore
Director of Compliance
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Ellie Burnside
Ellie Burnside
Account Executive
Kylene Oepping
Kylene Oepping
Account Executive
Tracy Whipple
Tracy Whipple
Account Executive
Katie Casey
Katie Casey
Account Executive
Jeannie Metcalf
Jeannie Metcalf
Account Executive
Rose Taylor
Rose Taylor
Client Service Specialist
Betty Daniel
Betty Daniel
Account Manager
Kathy Patchel
Kathy Patchel
Account Manager
Lindsey Bohon
Lindsey Bohon
Account Coordinator / Account Manager
Bonnie Cupps
Bonnie Cupps
Account Coordinator
Kyle Stacy
Kyle Stacy
Account Executive
Ashley Brenton
Ashley Brenton
Account Coordinator
Brittany Johnson
Brittany Johnson
Account Coordinator
Teresa Lainhart
Teresa Lainhart
Client Service Specialist
Debbie Lemons
Debbie Lemons
Client Service Manager
Jan LaBonde
Jan LaBonde
Client Service Manager
Kurt Kittinger
Kurt Kittinger
Graphic Designer / Technology
Matt Clifford
Matt Clifford
Manager, Underwriting and Data Analytics
Jake Gregory
Jake Gregory
Senior Analyst, Underwriting and Data Analytics
Carol Brewer
Carol Brewer
Executive Assistant
Elyse Bandy
Elyse Bandy
Marketing Manager

Recent Insights

October 22, 2020
Webinar

Webinar: Group Health Plan Tasks Employers Should Complete by Plan Year-End and Open Enrollment Considerations

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT Register Now Join us this month for an overview of the essential group health plan tasks that should be completed by the end of the plan year and considerations for running a compliant open enrollment period. This webinar will: Provide an overview of whether […]
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October 6, 2020
Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Compliance Alert, IRS

IRS Extends 2020 ACA Deadlines

( 2 MINUTE READ ) On Friday, October 2, 2020, the IRS released important guidance concerning employers’ obligations under the Affordable Care Act. IRS Notice 2020-76 applies to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 6055 and 6056 reporting for 2020 and other ACA compliance items.  The notice extends the IRS deadline to furnish 1095-C and 1095-B forms […]
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October 1, 2020
News

Compliance Questions of the Month

Question: Has the IRS extended good-faith relief when employers furnish or file incorrect or incomplete 2020 Forms 1094/1095 and extended deadlines for furnishing statements to individuals similar to relief provided in prior years? Answer: Yes. For an overview of the good-faith relief that has been extended and the extended deadlines for 2020 forms due in […]
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September 23, 2020
COVID 19, EEOC

EEOC Updates Guidance Related to COVID-19 Testing

( 2 MINUTE READ ) The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently updated its COVID-19 Guidance Page.  The revised guidance advised that general testing administered by employers consistent with current CDC guidance will meet the ADA’s “business necessity” standard. However, in order for an employer to test only one employee, the employer should have a reasonable objective […]
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