IRVINE, CA – (March 23, 2016) Burnham Benefits Insurance Services — one of California's most dynamic employee benefits brokerage firms — today announced the promotion of three new vice presidents: Ann Marie Estrada, Debra Farmer and Catherine Seitz. Burnham maintains a 95 percent client retention rate and has shown consistent growth throughout its 20-year history. The firm gained 83 new clients in 2015 and ranked #43 on the list of top 50 benefits brokerages in the U.S. by Employee Benefit Advisor. Burnham Benefits holds national recognition as Business Insurance's #1 Best Places to Work in Insurance 2013 and 2014 and has been ranked a Best Place to Work by the Orange County Business Journal for five years running.
“The passion and expertise of our forward-thinking talent drive our success,” said Kristen Allison, president and CEO of Burnham Benefits. “These promotions are another example of how we harness the dedication of our team members to advance their careers and provide greater service to our clients.”
Ann Marie Estrada, vice president, has been a part of the Burnham team for six years and has been instrumental in accelerating Burnham’s growth in the public sector. With 20 years of industry experience, Estrada leads and supports public sector accounts for the firm with a humble approach, which makes her a team player both internally at Burnham and externally with clients and carriers.
Debra Farmer, vice president, has worked with Burnham for seven years and has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. Farmer has worked on several large self-funded clients, as well as built her own book of business during her tenure with Burnham. She works on large national accounts and regional accounts.
Catherine Seitz, vice president, has 14 years with Burnham and more than 26 years in the insurance industry, Seitz’s expertise and thought-leadership help drive new business development, as well as manage current clients. Her expertise includes developing tailored wellness programs and value-based plans.
“Burnham prides itself on its unique environment that furthers the professional development of individuals as we seek to provide clients with superior knowledge and exceptional service,” said Allison. “Our culture empowers employees to not only drive their career paths but also rewards them for contributing to the team.”
About Burnham Benefits Insurance Services:
Burnham Benefits is a privately held, full-service employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with five locations throughout California. The firm is among the largest in the state specializing in strategic employee benefits consulting and brokerage services. With a comprehensive offering of in-house resources from client-first health, risk assessment, technology integration and wellness programs, Burnham effectively serves over 400 mid- to large-sized employer groups. A certified Benefits Corporation (B Corp), the firm maintains a 95 percent client retention rate and has shown consistent growth over the firm’s 20 year history. Burnham easily adapts and creates customized solutions that fit clients' best interests by investing in leading edge technology, tools and resources to provide the specialized level of service that today's challenging climate demands. Its team of more than 80 skilled industry professionals includes in-house underwriters, compliance officers, healthcare reform consultants, communications specialists and wellness experts. Through a strategic partnership with Burnham Gibson Wealth Advisors, Inc., Burnham provides retirement planning and wealth management services. Burnham Benefits holds national recognition as Business Insurance's #1 Best Places to Work in Insurance 2013 and 2014 and has been ranked a Best Place to Work by the Orange County Business Journal for five years. For more information, visit www.BurnhamBenefits.com