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Benefits Resource Joins Digital Benefit Advisors; Southern California Becomes Primary Market for Company

ATLANTA-September 17, 2014 -(Market Watch)--Benefits Resource, one of Southern California’s premier benefits consulting firms, has joined Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA) (, a national employee benefits-only alliance with 25 offices across the country. The 22-year-old firm now operates under the DBA banner and is the primary hub office in Southern California. Managing Principal Chris Thurin and his 36-member team joined forces with DBA to provide clients broader capabilities and enhanced services and products.

“Bringing on a highly respected firm like Benefits Resource with its deep-rooted client and carrier relationships strengthens our West Coast presence,” says Mike Sullivan, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Digital Insurance/Digital Benefit Advisors. “Chris and his folks have done an impressive job delivering value to businesses and efficiently controlling costs, while at the same time improving employees’ perception of the benefits available to them. Digital’s proven platform and expertise will further elevate their capabilities, enabling them to operate even more effectively in the evolving health benefits marketplace.”

DBA strategically combines the commitment of experienced, local market advisors with the sophisticated technology, industry expertise and resources of a respected national company. In addition to offering legal, legislative and compliance support, employers receive access to a broader variety of carriers, dynamic tools, proprietary products and the company’s private exchange solution, Digital Benefits Marketplace (DBM) ( The approach enables employers to fix costs through a defined contribution and provides greater choice for employees, allowing members to select the benefits they want and need. DBM’s Customer Advocate Center representatives guide businesses and employees through the enrollment process and individual/family decision-making.

“Partnering with DBA provides our clients with competitive benefit options and technology resources that come with a leading national company, while still maintaining our personal, hands-on approach to client service,” explains Thurin. “Digital’s private insurance exchange and its integrated benefits offerings are two examples of how we will provide our employers and their workforce more opportunities and better solutions through this alliance.”

As part of DBA, Thurin and his staff will continue to expand the successful wellness programs they have implemented on behalf of their clients. “We’re seeing measurable results and evidence that participation- and outcomes-based wellness initiatives are not only improving the health of employees, but are a tool in renewal and plan negotiations,” adds Thurin.

Serving mid-market employers since 1992, Benefits Resource has provided holistic healthcare benefits solutions for clients that focus on enhancing a company’s return on investment. Based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the firm currently serves 285 clients and has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Orange County” (Orange County Business Journal) for the past four years and one of the “Best Places to Work in Insurance” (Business Insurance magazine) for two years running.