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DeWitt Stern and Gregory & Appel are Accepted into Benefit Advisors Network

Benefits Brokerage Network Reaches 40 Member Mark Nationwide

CLEVELAND, OH (4/18/11) --- Two new benefits firms have been accepted into Benefit Advisors Network (BAN), the premier national network of employee benefit brokerage and consulting firms, expanding the network to 40 member agencies nationwide. The newest members are DeWitt Stern Planning Services of New York, NY, and Gregory & Appel, Inc., in Indianapolis, IN.

“Benefit Advisors Network is pleased to welcome DeWitt Stern and Gregory & Appel into our network of advisors,” said Perry Braun, Executive Director. “2011 is going to be a year of great growth for BAN. We’re looking forward to the implementation of several large-scale initiatives, and the addition of these two excellent firms expands our geographic reach which is one of our objectives."

DeWitt Stern has held a philosophy of client centered exemplary service built on innovation, expertise and integrity since its founding in 1899.  With offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, DeWitt Stern forms long term relationships with its national client base.  Focused primarily on the mid market, DeWitt works with employers in the Non-Profit, Legal, Financial, Entertainment and Fine Art worlds to name a few.

“We look at our new relationship with BAN and the Smart Partners as an exciting enhancement to our Client Central Service Platform.” Edmund J. White, Managing Director at DeWitt Stern continues “We live in a business and regulatory environment of dramatic change.  Either you embrace change and manage it or you will be left behind.  BAN allows us to be ahead of the curve."

In its fifth generation of family ownership, Gregory & Appel is the oldest independently-owned insurance agency in Indiana. Balancing integrity, hard work and professionalism with innovation, technology and creativity, Gregory & Appel was named the 2nd Best Place to Work in Indiana in 2009 by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. They specialize in working with groups in healthcare, manufacturing, and government, as well as law firms and non-profits. A commitment to superior client service fosters continuous improvements in products and services.

“We are excited to collaborate with other ‘best in class’ organizations around the country to learn from and, in turn, share our knowledge,” said Sheri Alexander, Sr. Vice President at Gregory & Appel. “The interactions we’ve already had with BAN and its members, along with the access to legislative and pharmacy benefits expertise, helped confirm our decision to pursue a membership with BAN."

About Benefit Advisors Network

Founded in 2002 by five agencies, BAN is an exclusive, premier, national network of independent, employee benefit brokerage and consulting companies. They deliver industry leading tools, technology, and expertise to member firms so that they can deliver optimum results to their employee benefit customers.  BAN’s members, known as Smart Partners partly because of their highly collaborative interactions, are screened prior to being granted membership to ensure they distinguish themselves from their competitors through their knowledge of the industry, their ethical approach, their business acumen, and their strategic vision.

To preserve and enhance the intimate level of sharing between the Smart Partners, BAN turns away more candidates than they accept - ensuring its member firms are the best of the best in their market – and are peers with the most progressive and innovative employee benefit consultants and brokers from throughout the entire country.

For more information about Benefit Advisors Network, call 440-528-0301 or

For information about how to become a Smart Partners, please contact Steve Yarcusko at 440-338-3558 or