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
Director of Business Development
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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 Specialist
Betty Daniel
Betty Daniel
Manager of Account Services / 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
Manager of Client Services / 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 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
Carol Brewer
Carol Brewer
Executive Assistant
Elyse Bandy
Elyse Bandy
Manager of Marketing & Communications

Recent Insights

February 25, 2021
HR Elements

HR Elements: Leading through Burnout

The World Health Organization (WHO) expanded its definition of burnout as an “occupational phenomenon,” giving credence to a set of conditions that many have experienced but not been able to name. According to WHO, burnout is characterized by “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related […]
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February 25, 2021
Flexible Spending Account

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 Part 3 Temporary Health FSA and DCAP Relief

(10 MINUTE READ) Update 2/22/21: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2021-15 clarifying the relief provided under the Appropriations Act for health FSAs and DCAPs and provides additional cafeteria plan relief. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Appropriations Act), enacted on December 27, 2020, contains temporary rules to provide relief for participants in health flexible […]
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February 25, 2021
ADA, GINA

Proposed Rules on Wellness Programs subject to the ADA or GINA

(4 MINUTE READ) 2/23/2021 Update: The proposed rules on wellness programs described below have been withdrawn by the EEOC pursuant to the Biden Administration regulatory freeze. Until further action is taken, the current final rules on wellness programs remain in effect. See our Advisor on the current wellness program rules. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission […]
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February 25, 2021
Compliance Alert

Compliance Recap: January 2021

( 7 MINUTE READ ) January was a busy month in the employee benefits world. President Biden issued a memorandum putting a regulatory freeze on new rules. President Biden also issued an executive order on strengthening Medicaid and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Department of Labor (DOL) released inflation-adjusted federal civil […]
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