SPEAKER: Kristen Allison

Kristen AllisonCEO and Owner, Burnham Benefits

When Kristen Allison acquired the benefits practice of John Burnham & Company and formed Burnham Benefits Insurance Services in 1995, the company had been a mainstay for more than 50 years. Growing and improving a company with that level of visibility and success is no small feat, but Kristen has achieved it. Operating under her vision as president and owner, Burnham Benefits has expanded to eight offices and a staff of 70 who manage more than $1.5 billion in premiums. An impressive 20 percent annual growth rate for the past 10 years shows no sign of slowing; and with its new Central- and Northern California based offices, Burnham is becoming a statewide brokerage while retaining its culture of innovation and its unique, consultative approach to client service.

Kristen credits the firm’s success to her unwavering commitment to relationships—with clients, vendors, and most notably, employees. The company culture empowers employees to excel at their strengths and work toward individual goals. Burnham Benefits has been named a Best Place to Work in the insurance industry by Business Insurance magazine for the past two years, and a Best Place to Work in Orange County by the Orange County Business Journal the past four consecutive years.

Outside of the insurance industry, Allison is active in the Orange County community. Dedicated to giving back to the community where she lives and works, Allison has built in philanthropy into Burnham’s core, including financial and participatory projects. As a way of encouraging Burnham employees to donate to worthy causes, the company matches employee donations to charities of up to $500. Additionally, Allison has taken on large roles with The United Way Women’s Philanthropy Fund and Mustard Seed Ranch, a nonprofit organization that provides programming and equine assisted therapy to abused and neglected children in Southern California.

Website: Burnham Benefits