Burnham Benefits Named #1 "Best Place to Work" for the Second Consecutive Year by Business Insurance Magazine

California Employee Benefits Brokerage Earns Recognition by Leading National Industry Publication

IRVINE, CA (October 27, 2014) - Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, one of California’s most successful employee benefits brokerage firms—today announced for the second year in a row, it ranked first in Business Insurance Magazine’s special report on the best places to work in 2014 in the small employer category (firms with less than 250 employees).

“Since I acquired Burnham Benefits in 1995, I’ve made the satisfaction of not just our clients, but our employees a top priority,” says Kristen Allison, owner and CEO of Burnham Benefits. “This dedication has resulted in an uplifting and positive company culture which has ultimately made us successful. Our clients are happy because they see the excitement and enthusiasm in our team.”

Burnham Benefits has fostered a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment where its employees are empowered to carve their own career path. Allison has developed hybrid positions that help her employees feel rewarded, and allow them to focus on their strengths. She’s found that her employees do their best when they are engaged and excited about work, and they pass along that along to clients in the form of incomparable service and positive attitudes.

In addition to a strong work/life balance, Burnham Benefits employees experience added perks like eco-friendly, bright offices with greenery, a stocked kitchen, catered lunches and birthday and holiday events. As a leader in providing employee wellness programs to its clients, Burnham often test-runs these innovative wellness challenges with its internal team, encouraging health and well-being company wide.

In the past year, the firm has added additional offices in Sacramento, also moving to a larger space in downtown Los Angeles. Allison has ensured that the strong culture originally built in the Irvine, Calif. headquarters has extended to its offices in California, Oregon and the Washington, D.C. area.

In addition to earning Business Insurance Magazine’s #1 “Best Place to Work” ranking, Burnham has been named a “Best Place to Work” by Orange County Business Journal for four years running.

Burnham Benefits’ team of 70 industry professionals brings the services and expertise clients expect from the nation’s largest employee benefits firms to mid-size employers looking for a consulting partner. Using industry best practices, the latest technology and its robust team of in-house experts, Burnham delivers a variety of services including health plan design, analytics, wellness program planning and management, health care reform and compliance consulting, employee communications and enrollment, and pension and executive benefits planning. Along with its partner, Burnham Gibson Financial Group – a full-service financial firm headquartered in Irvine – the brokerage serves mid- and large-sized employers throughout California. Burnham provides expert advocacy, education, preparation and long-term strategy to its clientele.

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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