Management Team at The Benefits Group
David J. Bommarito, RFC
Dave began his career in the insurance industry in 1978 with John Hancock Life Insurance Company selling life, health, accident and commercial insurance. During his time at John Hancock, he also became licensed to sell securities. In 1980, Dave left John Hancock to branch out on his own and started his own insurance and investment agency called Insuravest, Inc., selling primarily securities for high net worth clients utilizing tax shelter investments. In 1986, after the tax reform act changed the landscape on tax shelters, Dave recognized a need in the Employee Benefits marketplace and formed The Benefits Group in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The company has been structured to offer employee benefits consisting of health, life and dental insurance in addition to offering worksite benefits and self-funded plans.
For nearly 40 years, he has focused on mid to larger-sized groups including some larger Fortune 100 companies with an emphasis on “cost-containment strategies” for the corporate marketplace in the U.S.
Dave has consistently received numerous regional and national awards from various insurance companies and organizations over the years for top sales activities, in addition to being a long-standing member of the Metro Detroit Association of Health Underwriters with top honors. Dave is also a Registered Financial Consultant and a Managing Director of a Forex trading firm.
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Steven M. Hornacek
Steve has been with The Benefits Group since January 1994. He received his BBA from Western Michigan University in 1980. Insurance licensed since 1985, Steve worked in sales and marketing, including a position as a Broker Sales Rep in the disability insurance market with UNUM before arriving at our Agency. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge in group, individual, Medicare, disability, advanced life insurance products and more and along with the agency has been recipient of many sales awards and recognitions. He focuses on providing the best value on plans and benefit solutions, providing superior customer service to our client base.
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Keith E. Vohwinkel
Keith came on board in 2016. Before that time, Keith earned a degree in Engineering Technology at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 1980, in addition to earning a certificate in Professional Sales Development at Carnegie School of Business in Chicago in 1993. With broad ranging responsibilities, Keith works on the development and design of the effective and efficient processes and systems our firm relies on to conduct business. He is also charged with monitoring the company’s key performance indicators which help maximize value for all the company’s stakeholders and help with cost containment strategies. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Keith’s motivation has been to help prioritize our clients’ needs by developing the kind of clear and concise organizational strategies that put the customer first and ensuring these goals are executed at all levels within the company. He has been part of the NAHU (National Association of Health Underwriters) and the LPRT (Leading Producers Round Table) Eagle Level.
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Jordan Gust has been a Benefits Group Broker since January of 2018. His clients range from 3 employees to 250. He believes in innovation, creativity, customer service and understanding, and timeliness.
“My philosophy has always been to take a teaching approach first. Understanding benefits isn’t always easy, and what good is a creative benefits package if you don’t understand it? I pride myself on being always available to answer any questions and relieve stress in any way that I can!”
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Brett served in the U.S. Army for five years. Following his discharge, he came to work in our Agency in 1996 and immediately fit in. Brett is responsible for pre-certifying the enrollment process, collecting vital information and carefully monitoring new business and policy changes from the initial underwriting process all the way through until the policy has been issued. His affinity for problem-solving has continuously motivated him to take on new creative challenges and learn about a variety of subjects to help in assisting our clientele. In his personal time, Brett is an outdoor enthusiast who also enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
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Tammy first came to work for The Benefits Group in 1989 before getting married. She previously worked as an insurance processor and customer service representative for Mutual Benefit. Her position with our firm was also as a customer service representative, coordinating and overseeing the administrative day-to-day operations of the firm in addition to helping enroll new business. In 1997, Tammy left our Agency to stay home and raise her children, and in 2011, she was ready to come back to work here full time. She enjoys working with our customers, helping with billing and claims issues, among many other things, and is committed to providing exceptional service to all.
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Jolie has been with the Agency since 1989 serving as office manager handling administrative issues and direct contact with our group customers. She previously worked as the personal secretary to the owner of Autorama and World of Wheels hot rod custom car shows held around the country. Previous to that, she earned an Associates’ Degree in Applied Science and enjoys processing employee enrollments and administrative requests from clients, in addition to helping businesses stay compliant with Health Care Reform requirements.
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