Seasoned Senior Account Executive Joins Burnham Benefits

Benefits Brokerage Welcomes Adele Garcia to Its Team

IRVINE, CA (September 15, 2014) – Burnham Benefits Insurance Services—one of California’s most successful employee benefits brokerage firms—today announced the addition of its newest team member, Adele Garcia to its San Francisco Bay Area office. As a senior account executive, Garcia consults with Burnham clients to help them educate, instruct and engage employees on wellness initiatives and efficient management of the health services and benefits available to them.

“With more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of employee benefits, Adele is a welcome addition to our team,” says Kristen Allison, president and CEO of Burnham Benefits. “She was instrumental in the advancement of one of California’s first medical captive programs, among other accomplishments, for state and national clients and we look forward to drawing from her expertise in advising our clients on state and federal employee benefits legislation.”

Burnham selected Garcia for her decades of industry experience, which have given her extensive knowledge in navigating major changes in the health and employee benefit landscape for employers. Garcia’s background in helping employers understand and follow the Affordable Care Act, and its requirements for employee coverage, make her an invaluable resource to Burnham employer accounts. Garcia will focus her expertise on client retention by choosing client-specific funding arrangements and creating strategies for controlling cost.

“It’s an honor to join Burnham’s team of forward-thinking professionals,” says Garcia. “I feel privileged to be part of a team with exclusive focus on employee benefits, as it allows us to precisely meet our clients’ benefits and human resources needs. Burnham’s collaborative efforts put the client first, while providing value to their employees.”

Prior to joining Burnham Benefits, Garcia was vice president, Employee Benefits Division at Andreini and Company where she consulted with employer clients that ranged in size from 50 to 3,500 lives on alternative-funding methods and built competitive employee benefit strategies. During her time at Andreini, Garcia also secured the endorsement from a farm equipment dealers association covering the western U.S.

“I believe employee benefits programs should include a strategy where everyone can participate and benefit from the successes,” says Garcia. “Meeting the best interests of both the company and its employees can be accomplished by wisely choosing appropriate funding options and controlling costs together.”

Burnham Benefits has grown steadily over the past decade, cultivating a team of more than 70 consultants with expertise in areas including wellness, compliance, communications, underwriting, retirement planning and executive benefits. More than 300 corporate clients trust Burnham to provide the cutting-edge resources and services that are delivered by the larger firms, while retaining the client-first approach that’s become the hallmark of their brand. To learn more, visit

About Burnham Benefits Insurance Services:
Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, Inc. is an independent, full-service employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm is one of the largest in California and one of the few to specialize solely in strategic employee benefits consulting and brokerage services. The privately held group provides client-first health and wellness programs, and through its strategic partnership with Burnham Gibson Financial Group, it also provides retirement planning and wealth management services. Burnham Benefits effectively manages more than $1 billion in premiums for more than 300 clients, while maintaining a more than 98 percent client retention rate and a 20 percent annual growth rate. Because Burnham does not have outside shareholders, it can create customized solutions that fit clients’ best interests—investing in the tools and resources needed to provide the specialized level of service today’s challenging climate demands. Its team of more than 70 highly skilled industry professionals include in-house underwriters, compliance officers, healthcare reform consultants, communications specialists and wellness experts. Burnham Benefits’ footprint currently spans offices in Orange County, SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Calif. as well as satellites in Oregon and the Washington D.C. metro area. Burnham Benefits holds national recognition as one of Business Insurance’s #1 Best Places to Work in Insurance 2013 and 2014 and Best Place to Work by the Orange County Business Journal four years running. For more information, visit

Leslie Licano
Beyond Fifteen Communications

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