Respected Health Insurance Executive Joins Burnham Benefits

Benefits Brokerage Welcomes Cathy Gee as Vice President

IRVINE, CA (May 12, 2015) – Burnham Benefits Insurance Services—one of California’s most successful employee benefits brokerage firms—today announced the addition of its newest executive member, Cathy Gee, to its Los Angeles office. As vice president, Gee and her talented staff of account executives will continue to leverage Burnham’s presence in Los Angeles to provide extensive knowledge and high-touch consulting to its current and prospective clients. Gee will aim to build a network of benefits professionals and expand the same level of awareness and trust of the Burnham brand in LA as it has built in Orange County.

“With more than 20 years of experience in employee benefits and a background in the healthcare and PEO industry, Cathy has built a stellar reputation with carriers and clients,” says Kristen Allison, president and CEO of Burnham Benefits. “Cathy understands both the employer and financial perspectives relative to what employers real goals are, so she can provide effective solutions and design competitive benefits packages for our clients. We are excited to welcome Cathy to our team.”

Burnham selected Gee for her outstanding reputation in the industry as a thought leader. Naturally curious, she enjoys getting to the root of issues while incorporating the best interests of employers and their employee populations. Cathy is highly competent in facilitating negotiations and implementing strategic benefit plans with multiple moving parts. In addition, she recognizes the scope that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) plays with clients and takes an active role in supporting them through the process.

“I am looking forward to joining Burnham’s top-notch team,” says Gee. “I am excited to be involved with a company that has the power to implement real change in the benefits industry.”

Prior to joining Burnham Benefits, Gee was senior vice president of benefits at Leavitt Insurance Services where she was responsible for helping her staff manage the employee benefits practice. Cathy’s visionary perspective of the insurance industry and aptitude to embrace and adapt to change fit well within the Burnham culture.

“Burnham has an integrity and stability that is not common to find in our industry,” says Gee. “What we sold yesterday is not what we sell today. So it is important to me to be a part of Burnham’s innovative and agile environment, as we continue to look for new solutions to fit our clients’ needs.”

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 97 percent client retention rate and has averaged 25 percent growth annually 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 a satellite office in 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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