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Burnham Benefits Welcomes New Vice President, Bill Thomas

Thomas Expects to Extend Burnham's Presence in Agriculture, Transportation and Other Service Sectors

IRVINE, CA (July 29, 2013) – Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, one of the largest employee benefits brokerages in California and one of the few to specialize solely in strategic employee benefits consulting and brokerage services, welcomes Bill Thomas as its newest vice president, a role that will leverage his extensive knowledge and multi-faceted experience on the brokerage, carrier and provider sides of the business.

Thomas will focus on business development in the agricultural, winery and transportation logistics markets as well as other industries with specific service models that require uniquely structured benefits programs.

"Bill brings more than 20 years of health and benefits experience in the brokerage/consulting , carrier and provider segments and comes highly recommended by several of our own employees who have worked for him in the past," says Kristen Allison, President of Burnham Benefits Insurance Services and a 30-year veteran of the employee benefits industry. "He's uniquely positioned to help us build inroads in unique industries with very specific needs in terms of benefit and funding structures."

Thomas' previous position as senior VP of Western Growers Insurance Services, the largest provider of health coverage for agribusiness in the Western United States, gives him a breadth of experience and insight into that market segment. He managed multi-national clients as large as Diamond Growers, Grimmway Farms, and Taylor Farms as well as many smaller agriculturally-based firms, catering to their varying needs —creating unique pool resources that helped to contain costs and provide ideal service to companies of varied sizes. Thomas provided similar service for the California Trucking Association and also worked for Loma Linda Medical Center —offering him insight into that facet of the health delivery system.

"I've spent years developing an in-depth understanding of the needs and challenges our customers face in very unique market situations," says Thomas. "It's quite rewarding to be able to assemble all the pieces that satisfy the particular needs of a client. The environment at Burnham is one of pride in service and extensive in-house resources. I look forward to extending the benefits of that positive and knowledgeable team to craft solutions for our customers."

Thomas is a member of the Orange County Employee Benefits Council, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA) and the United Agribusiness League.

About Burnham Benefits Insurance Services:
Irvine, CA (July 29, 2013) – Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, one of the largest employee benefits brokerages in California and one of the few to specialize solely in strategic employee benefits consulting and brokerage services, welcomes Bill Thomas as its newest vice president, a role that will leverage his extensive knowledge and multi-faceted experience on the brokerage, carrier and provider sides of the business.

Thomas will focus on business development in the agricultural, winery and transportation logistics markets as well as other industries with specific service models that require uniquely structured benefits programs.

"Bill brings more than 20 years of health and benefits experience in the brokerage/consulting , carrier and provider segments and comes highly recommended by several of our own employees who have worked for him in the past," says Kristen Allison, President of Burnham Benefits Insurance Services and a 30-year veteran of the employee benefits industry. "He's uniquely positioned to help us build inroads in unique industries with very specific needs in terms of benefit and funding structures."

Thomas' previous position as senior VP of Western Growers Insurance Services, the largest provider of health coverage for agribusiness in the Western United States, gives him a breadth of experience and insight into that market segment. He managed multi-national clients as large as Diamond Growers, Grimmway Farms, and Taylor Farms as well as many smaller agriculturally-based firms, catering to their varying needs —creating unique pool resources that helped to contain costs and provide ideal service to companies of varied sizes. Thomas provided similar service for the California Trucking Association and also worked for Loma Linda Medical Center —offering him insight into that facet of the health delivery system.

"I've spent years developing an in-depth understanding of the needs and challenges our customers face in very unique market situations," says Thomas. "It's quite rewarding to be able to assemble all the pieces that satisfy the particular needs of a client. The environment at Burnham is one of pride in service and extensive in-house resources. I look forward to extending the benefits of that positive and knowledgeable team to craft solutions for our customers."

Thomas is a member of the Orange County Employee Benefits Council, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA) and the United Agribusiness League.

CONTACT:
Leslie Licano
Beyond Fifteen Communications
949.733.8679
leslie@beyondfifteen.com

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