Benefit Advisors Network, a national network of progressive and visionary employee benefit brokers and consulting firms from across the United States, has named Bannockburn, Illinois-based GCG Financial as its newest member. GCG also has an office in Denver, Colorado.
Originally founded 38 years ago as an individual life insurance company, the organization’s benefits division was created in 1986. Additionally, GCG launched a P&C division four years ago. A privately-held company with four founding partners and three minority partners, the company currently employs nearly 190 professionals, and serves close to 1,600 clients.
“One of the key attractions to joining Benefit Advisors Network is the network of experts and strategic resources that we will now be able to tap into, allowing us to provide additional – and critical – services to our clients,” said David Levitz, co-owner and President of the Employee Benefits division at GCG.
Continues Levitz, “Under the changing landscape of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) we are particularly looking forward to having a collegial forum where we can learn from others in our same position, as well as have access to leading compliance experts within the employee benefits industry. In addition to the experts in Compliance other network departments such as Actuarial, Pharmacy, Wellness and Population Health Management create key differentiators between our firm and our competitors.”
As a result of healthcare reform, many in the employee benefits industry are trying to continue moving forward despite the continuous upheaval in regulations and resulting uncertainty. Through a progressive, head-on approach, Benefit Advisors Network is seeking to mitigate the uncertainty by serving as a collaborative resource, with their new Departments providing needed products and services for members that help them to remain relevant in an ever-changing marketplace.
“We have seen an increase in brokers across the country wanting and waiting to join our organization, which they recognize will help successfully navigate the complexities of the market – therefore adding value to their clients,” Benefit Advisors Network Executive Director Perry Braun said. “However, we have strict standards we adhere to, and we intentionally limit membership to the top tier firms per geographic market. Our members, known as Smart Partners®, are screened prior to being granted membership to ensure they distinguish themselves from their competitors through their knowledge of the employee benefits industry, ethical approach, business acumen, and strategic vision. ”