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
Sr. Director of Operations
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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
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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Brian Holley
Brian Holley
Business Development Specialist
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Deanna Sizemore
Deanna Sizemore
Compliance Director
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Ellie Burnside
Ellie Burnside
Account Executive
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
Rose Taylor
Rose Taylor
Client Service Concierge
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
Brittany Johnson
Brittany Johnson
Account Coordinator
Teresa Lainhart
Teresa Lainhart
Client Service Concierge
Debbie Lemons
Debbie Lemons
Client Service Specialist
Jan LaBonde
Jan LaBonde
Client Service Specialist
Kurt Kittinger
Kurt Kittinger
Graphic Designer / Technology
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
Carol Brewer
Carol Brewer
Executive Assistant
Elyse Bandy
Elyse Bandy
Manager of Marketing & Communications

Recent Insights

November 19, 2021
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Departments Issue Interim Final Rule on Group Health Plan Cost and Pricing Disclosure

READ TIME: 5 MINUTES On November 17, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the “Departments”), with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), issued interim final regulations (IFR) to provide guidance regarding health care transparency provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). The […]
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November 19, 2021
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Internal Revenue Service Issues Tax Inflation Adjustments for 2022

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2021-45, which announces the annual inflation adjustments for tax year 2022. The revenue procedure provides adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including health flexible spending accounts under cafeteria plans and qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements. For health flexible spending arrangement contributions, the dollar limitation on voluntary […]
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November 16, 2021
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HR Elements | Grief: The Underbelly of Change

READ TIME: 3 MINUTES A big raise, a colleague relocating to a different office, and training on a new client onboarding system… all three of these items have one thing in common: change. Initial reactions run the gamut. A big raise may mean you rally the troops for a celebratory happy hour, while losing an […]
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November 16, 2021
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Federal Requirements for Fully Insured and Self-Funded Plans

A plan sponsor’s requirements under federal law will vary depending on factors such as group health plan design, size, grandfathered status, and whether the plan is fully insured or self-funded. The lists HERE highlight the main federal requirements that apply when a plan is fully insured and when a plan is self-funded.       […]
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