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Burnham Benefits Expands Sacramento Presence With Key New Hires

Industry Veterans Tina Brink and Nicole Stratton Join the Growing Burnham Team in Sacramento

IRVINE, CA and SACRAMENTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/24/14 -- Burnham Benefits Insurance Services Inc., a California-based employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm with offices throughout California, recently welcomed two new team members to aid the company's expansion in Sacramento. Vice president Tina Brink and account executive Nicole Stratton are the latest industry professionals to join Burnham's recently opened Sacramento office.

Burnham Benefits is unique in the insurance industry as it is one of the few firms to specialize solely in employee benefits consulting and brokerage services. A privately owned firm, Burnham is free to dedicate itself to clients without having to answer to outside shareholders. This has allowed for Burnham's rapid expansion, including the addition of the Sacramento office. Burnham plans to continue its growth with the goal of becoming a leading force in the Sacramento market. The addition of Brink and Stratton in key roles will aid Burnham's goal.

Tina Brink joins Burnham with more than 25 years of industry experience. She will use that experience to bring new business to the Sacramento office and maintain a strategic partnership with Burnham clients. Prior to joining the Burnham team, Brink held executive roles with major insurance firms. With a background in underwriting and 13 years of consulting experience, Brink has worked with clients both large and small, touching on a wide variety of areas in the insurance industry. She looks forward to helping increase the Burnham footprint in the Sacramento area and Northern California while providing exceptional service to the firm's clients.

Nicole Stratton brings more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry to her role as account executive with Burnham. Stratton's background includes working with both fully insured and self-funded clients for national brokerage firms. She plans to build and maintain a strong book of business for Burnham, while also creating strong client relationships.

"We're thrilled to have two wonderful new contributions to the growing Burnham team," says Kristen Allison, president and CEO of Burnham Benefits. "Both Tina and Nicole understand the core Burnham value of developing strong relationships with our clients and putting their needs first. We're excited to add their invaluable expertise to our Sacramento and Northern California presence."

Burnham Benefits has been growing consistently at an annual rate of 20 percent. Since 2011, Burnham has seen expansion to six different locations across California. In addition to the company headquarters in Irvine, Burnham has offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and in its newest location of Sacramento.

For more information about Burnham Benefits, its products, services and team members, please visit www.BurnhamBenefits.com.

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, the San Francisco 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 Best Places to Work in Insurance 2013 and Best Place to Work by the Orange County Business Journal three years running. For more information, visit www.BurnhamBenefits.com.

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