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
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
Jeannie Metcalf
Jeannie Metcalf
Account Executive
Rose Taylor
Rose Taylor
Client Service Specialist
Betty Daniel
Betty Daniel
Account Manager
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
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
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

December 9, 2019
Compliance Alert

Compliance Recap – November 2019

November was a busy month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released draft 2019 instructions for Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C. The IRS also released health plan limits and various compensation, benefit, and contribution levels under qualified retirement plans for 2020. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released […]
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December 4, 2019
Affordable Care Act (PPACA), IRS, News

IRS Releases Draft Forms and Instructions for 2019 ACA Reporting

Background Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable large employers (ALEs) are required to offer health benefits to their full time employees and individuals are required to have health insurance, although the penalty is $0 for failing to have minimum essential coverage starting in 2019. Reporting is required by employers with 50 […]
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November 22, 2019
Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Compliance Alert, DOL, HHS, IRS

Proposed Rules on Coverage and Transparency and Final Rules on Hospital Price Transparency

On November 15, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, Departments) released proposed rules on coverage transparency. The proposed rules seek to give an estimate of plan participants’ potential cost-sharing liability for covered items and services they might receive from a particular […]
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November 20, 2019
Affordable Care Act (PPACA), SBC

Summary of Benefits and Coverage Highlights and Frequently Asked Questions

A Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) is a four-page (double-sided) communication required by the federal government. It must contain specific information, in a specific order and with a minimum size type, about a group health benefit’s coverage and limitations. For fully insured plans, the insurer is responsible for providing the SBC to the plan administrator […]
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