John P. Garven, ChHC, CLU, RHU, C(k)P, AIF, President, Benico, Ltd.

A graduate of Trinity International University in Bannockburn, Illinois, Garven began his career in 1977 as an agent for AXA Equitable, and in 1981 founded Benico, Ltd. after working for Great-West Healthcare as a group insurance sales representative for two years.  He is an active member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), and the Benefit Advisors Network (BAN), and since 2005 he has been associated with the Heartland Institute in Chicago as a policy advisor covering health care issues.

John is a renowned industry speaker, with his reputation built on his ability to clearly and effectively communicate often-complex subject matter in an informed and engaging manner.  In the past he has spoken at meetings sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association, the Heartland Institute, SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and the League of Women Voters.  Garven is also a frequent speaker at national, regional, and local meetings of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

Benico, Ltd. has joined 23 other entrepreneurial insurance and financial services companies across the United States to form Alera Group, an employee benefits, property/casualty, risk management and wealth management firm with approximately $158 million in revenue. The new firm has more than 750 employees serving more than 20,000 clients in 40 U.S. based offices across 15 states. Read more…