Russ has more than 40 years of experience with insured and self-funded welfare benefit plans and particularly enjoys challenging carriers and Third Party Administrators (TPA) on behalf of his clients. He began his career in the insurance field in 1971, becoming the youngest General Agent in Mutual Benefit Life history in 1975. Early on, his focus was to identify and provide quality benefit plan solutions to employers. His background in accounting gave him a unique perspective that business owners appreciated.
In 1980, he formed Benefit Consultants, Inc. (BCI) to fill a need for benefit plan advice to small- and mid-sized employers. In the beginning, BCI provided insurance brokerage and TPA services. The TPA services were spun off in 1982, and sold a decade later in order for Russ to concentrate his efforts on direct client representation. With his wife, Linda, he guided BCI to offer clients proactive plan design and compliance services. His vision and drive made BCI synonymous with client education and empowerment.
BCI merged with Benefit Associates to form FirstPerson in 2010. When he’s not advocating for a client, Russ is cheering on his beloved Michigan State Spartans.