Burnham Benefits - The employee benefits broker and group health insurance advisor in East Irvine

Burnham Benefits

2211 Michelson Drive, Suite 1200 Irvine, CA
East Irvine, CA 92612
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Verification Period: April 23, 2018 – April 23, 2019

Burnham Benefits is a Verified Member of SHRM Broker Finder and attests they are compliant in our standards for:
  • Licensing
  • Insurance
  • Transparency
  • Completeness and Accuracy
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Practice Areas

  • Benefit Administration Solutions
  • Executive Benefits
  • Group Health Insurance
  • Consumerism Solutions

Burnham Benefits Overview

Burnham’s Service Pledge to Every Burnham Benefits Client: Burnham is dedicated to ensuring extraordinary benefits program performance and consistent improvement year after year. While the firm is an established industry leader offering proven solutions, Burnham remains an independent regional firm providing flexibility and personal service, giving its clients the best of both worlds. Most importantly, it’s the people who make Burnham the preferred benefits partner for so many companies. Burnham works as a team to do what’s right for its clients and their employees. For everything that depends on your company’s benefits, you can depend on Burnham.

 

Privately Held: Burnham is a privately held, full-service employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm is among the largest in the state to specialize solely in strategic employee benefits consulting and brokerage services. Burnham’s roots are with John Burnham & Company, originally founded in 1891. In 1995, the benefits practice was spun off by the firm’s current President/CEO, Kristen Allison, who founded Burnham as it is today.

 

Managed Growth: Burnham has organically grown at an average of over 22 percent over the past 10 years, representing more than $1.75 billion in premiums for more than 500 clients with a 93 percent client retention rate. The firm’s current footprint spans eight offices including Orange County, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara, California, and Phoenix, Arizona with over 88 employees focusing solely on benefits. Because Burnham does not have outside shareholders, it can easily create and adapt customized solutions that fit its clients’ best interests. The firm invests in cutting-edge technology and the tools and resources needed to provide the specialized level of service that today’s challenging insurance climate demands.

 

Advanced Culture: Burnham’s unique culture starts with its highly respected and engaged leadership that remains intentionally flat. The firm continually develop its employees through both internal and external training programs to ensure its teams are always up to date. Burnham then empowers them with a collaborative environment, leading resources, and administrative support to ensure they remain highly motivated and responsive to client needs. As a result, Burnham has an extremely low employee turnover and an excellent reputation for being one of the top career firms in the insurance industry.

 

Burnham is staffed with competent health, wellness, and financial experts who are committed to the trust its clients have placed in the firm. While Burnham is an established industry leader, it remains 100 percent independent from outside interests ensuring its clients receive the most unbiased, flexible, and personal service.

 

Invested for Clients: Burnham has invested in comprehensive resources to support its clients’ needs in areas such as:

- Health care reform
- Wellness
- Communications
- Benchmarking databases
- Legal compliance
- HR technology
- ACA reporting
- Technical financials
- Executive benefits

 

With these areas firmly in place, Burnham has become a leader in both strategic planning and operational execution.

 

A Great Place to Work: Burnham has been recognized as a top “Best Place to Work” every year since 2011 by the Orange County Business Journal; and was recognized by Los Angeles Business Journal. At a national level, Burnham has been voted a “Best Place to Work in Insurance” every year since 2013 by Business Insurance Journal. Burnham is also a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC), a distinction accepted by over 800 national corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies across the country. In 2015, President and CEO, Kris Allison was voted Woman of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal.

 

Stability with Personalized Approach: Burnham believes that engaged leadership, coupled with the entrepreneurial spirit and liberty of each team member, helps it serve its clients well. The firm’s personalized approach and access to the best resources at the right time gives Burnham success that competitors may not be able provide. Burnham strives to hire the best and brightest team members in advance of its growth. The firm’s high client retention rate is a direct result of its low client-to-staff ratio ensuring its clients get immediate and superior consulting and service.

 

Socially Conscious: When the opportunity to become a B Corporation presented itself, Burnham didn’t want to pass up this challenge because the B Corp concept closely meshed with its ideals for the type of company it wanted to be. B Corp certification is to sustainable business what LEED certification is to green building, or what Fair-Trade certification is to coffee. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Burnham is proud to have a designation reserved for companies who reflect not just the desire to be the best in the world, but the best for the world.

 

Charitable: Philanthropy is central to the firm’s culture. Wherever you find a Burnham office, you’ll find a team dedicated to serving the local community. Through financial support, in-kind donations, event participation, wellness incentive rewards, volunteer hours and professional guidance, Burnham employees are making a difference individually and together as a group. Proof in point: Burnham matches its employee’s charitable donations dollar for dollar up to $500 per employee per year. In addition, the firm utilizes an online wellness platform that converts wellness habits and physical activity into charitable dollars for Burnham-chosen regional and national charities.

Burnham Benefits Affiliations

Areas of Special Focus

  • Captives
  • Compliance
  • Employee Communications
  • Medical Claim Analytics
  • Onsite Clinics
  • Population Health and Wellness
  • Rx Carveouts
  • Self Funded Plans
  • Supplemental Benefits
  • Technology
  • Actuarial and Financial
  • Benefit Communications
  • Open Enrollment Support

Areas Served by Burnham Benefits

  • California

Burnham Benefits Certifications

  •  National Women's Business Enterprise Certification

Team at Burnham Benefits

Kristen Allison

President and CEO

Nathan Ackeret

Vice President and Managing Director

Rachel Aleknavicius

Vice President

Scott Aston

Senior Vice President and Partner

Bryan Bate

Vice President, Client Services

Ann Marie Estrada

Vice President

Dan Exceen

Executive VP, Public Sector Lead, and Partner

Debra Farmer

Vice President

Mary Garcia

Vice President

Cathy Gee

Vice President

Nooshin George

Senior Vice President and Partner

Tina Koenig

Vice President

Chris Krusiewicz

Vice President

Michael Michalski

Regional President

Doug Ramsthel

Senior Vice President and Partner

Catherine Seitz

Vice President

Melanie Thomas

Senior Vice President and Partner

Raymond Tunnell

Senior Vice President

Helen Vits

Vice President

Awards and Recognition

  • 2018 Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    January - 2018

  • 2012 Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    January - 2012

  • 2013 Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    January - 2013

  • 2013 Business Insurance Magazine "Best Places to Work in Insurance"

    Business Insurance Magazine "Best Places to Work in Insurance"

    January - 2013

  • 2014 Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    January - 2014

  • 2014 Business Insurance Magazine "Best Places to Work in Insurance"

    Business Insurance Magazine "Best Places to Work in Insurance"

    February - 2014

  • 2015 Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    January - 2015

  • 2015 Business Insurance Magazine "Best Places to Work in Insurance"

    Business Insurance Magazine "Best Places to Work in Insurance"

    March - 2015

  • 2016 Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    January - 2016

  • 2016 Business Insurance Magazine "Best Places to Work in Insurance"

    Business Insurance Magazine "Best Places to Work in Insurance"

    April - 2016

  • 2017 Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    Orange County Business Journal "Best Places to Work in OC"

    January - 2017

  • 2017 Business Insurance Magazine "Best Places to Work in Insurance"

    Business Insurance Magazine "Best Places to Work in Insurance"

    May - 2017

  • 2017 North Bay Business Journal "100 Best Places to work in the North Bay"

    North Bay Business Journal "100 Best Places to work in the North Bay"

    January - 2017

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