Managing Partner – Business Development
Braden is passionate about building client and vendor relationships. He developed the firm’s distinctive benefits partnership model over the past 10 years with in-depth knowledge of industry trends and clients’ strategic goals. He negotiates benefit renewals across all lines, oversees marketing analysis, ensures account compliance, and works with leading vendors to ensure responsiveness to clients’ changing needs.
Managing Partner – Product & Account Management
Andrea’s sharp focus on account management ensures that clients get the best benefits programs for their companies. With nearly 20 years of experience, she provides continuous oversight of program renewals, new products, market analysis, benchmarking, employee communications, and open enrollment. She’s a big proponent of technology that streamlines benefits management, maximizes employee satisfaction, reduces costs, and maintains compliance.
Managing Partner – Technology and Compliance
Chris is the firm’s IT expert with 20+ years experience in HRIS/Benefits technology, audit, and deployment for companies of all sizes. He matches clients’ requirements with the best systems and practices for implementing new benefit options, employee communications, time tracking, ACA reporting, payroll and other programs. Chris ensures that managers and employees have the right tools to make informed benefits choices.
HR Practice Leader
Susannah is a dynamic HR executive consistently selected to build, transform and lead high-performing organizations. She was most recently the CHRO and Chief Talent Officer for the YMCA of the North Shore, a $50 million not-for-profit social services organization employing more than 2,000 employees. Susannah is also an adjunct professor for Northeastern University’s Human Resources master’s program in the College of Professional Studies.
Rachel is responsible for taking the administrative burden off of our clients’ shoulders. She simplifies their lives by handling the additions, changes, terminations and COBRA notices that can otherwise be so time consuming. She also supports Chris and Andrea on technology and other day-to-day service items. Rachel is passionate about animal rescue, fostering a dozen or so dogs every year on their way to loving homes.
Erica is responsible for small group renewals and wellness programs, and supports Andrea in all the day-to-day account management functions. She helps stay connected with our clients by proactively helping maximize the value of their existing benefits and helping them prepare for the future. Erica majored in Public Health as an undergraduate, and remains passionate about improving people’s lives.
Eric engages with businesses to improve employee outcomes and retention, streamline employer operations, and reduce healthcare costs. His particular focus is on non-profits and businesses within the creative economy. Eric co-chairs the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) NextGen Philanthropy Committee, and chairs the Service Committee for Beverly Rotary Club. He also is involved with Creative Collective, Nonprofit Executives, Nonprofit Financial Managers, the MA Food is Medicine Coalition, and local Chambers of Commerce.
Simplicity. Service. Excellence.
If you don't do anything differently, nothing will change. Blue Horizon Benefits is dedicated to turning the traditional sales-centric approach to benefits on its head. We become integral to our clients’ business operations to give them a competitive edge. We believe this partnership model represents the future of our profession.