Burnham Benefits Celebrates 20 Years of Growth and Success

Orange County-based Brokerage Celebrates Milestone, Expands Headquarters

IRVINE, CA (June 3, 2015) – Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, one of California’s rapidly - growing, employee benefits brokerage firms is proudly celebrating its 20th year in business, a significant milestone that not only marks two decades of exceptional service and unprecedented growth but also provides a starting point for exciting new opportunities in the coming years. The firm has announced that it will be expanding its Irvine, Calif. headquarters in anticipation of continued growth.

“This is truly a cause for celebration as well as an opportune time to reflect and thank those who have contributed to our company’s success,” says Burnham Benefits president and CEO Kristen Allison. “Twenty years ago, when I acquired the benefits practice of John Burnham & Company, it had already been an industry mainstay for more than 50 years. Significantly growing and improving upon a company with that level of visibility and success make me proud of what we’ve become and the reputation we hold in the industry. Thanks to an extraordinary and dedicated staff, we’ve surpassed my highest expectations.”

Burnham Benefits has experienced consistent growth, at an average rate of 25 percent each year for the past decade. Today, Burnham’s team is comprised of 80 skilled professionals who manage more than $1.5 billion in premiums. With offices in Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sacramento and San Diego, as well as satellites in the Washington D.C.-metro area, Burnham Benefits has become the largest female-owned employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm in the western region, repeatedly named one of the best places to work in Orange County and the benefits industry.

Plans to accommodate continued growth in 2015 are well underway, with a major expansion of the firm’s Irvine headquarters. Remaining at its location on Michelson Drive in Irvine, Burnham will add on another 8,500-square-feet of space, growing to a total of 22,000-square-feet. In addition to adding staff in Orange County, Burnham anticipates additional offices and new hires in San Diego and San Francisco.

“We take great pride in our employee retention rate, which is nearly 100 percent,” Allison adds. “Burnham is committed to providing a welcoming and nurturing environment, where employees feel empowered to make decisions regarding their clients as well as their own career paths, and where clients receive the highest possible level of care and attention.”

About Burnham Benefits Insurance Services:
Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, Inc. is a privately held, full-service employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm headquartered in Irvine, Calif. The firm is among the largest in the state to specialize solely in strategic employee benefits consulting and brokerage services. With a comprehensive offering of client-first health and wellness programs, Burnham effectively manages more than $1.5 billion in premiums for more than 400 clients. The firm maintains a more than 95 percent client retention rate and has averaged 25 percent growth every year over the past 10 years. Because Burnham Benefits does not have outside shareholders, it can easily adapt and create customized solutions that fit clients’ best interests—investing in cutting edge technology and the tools and resources needed to provide the specialized level of service that today’s rapidly, challenging climate demands. Its team of more than 75 highly skilled industry professionals includes in-house underwriters, compliance officers, healthcare reform consultants, communications specialists and wellness experts. Through a strategic partnership with Burnham Gibson Financial Group, Burnham also provides retirement planning and wealth management services. Burnham Benefits’ footprint currently spans offices in Orange County, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sacramento and San Diego, Calif. as well as satellites in and the Washington D.C. metro area. 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 four years running. For more information, visit

Leslie Licano
Beyond Fifteen Communications

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