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Chicago's Bjork Group joins Benefit Advisors Network.

CLEVELAND, OH (5/16/12) --- Benefit Advisors Network (BAN), a top national network of progressive, independent employee benefit firms has named The Bjork Group, Inc. of Chicago as its newest member.

“We’re thrilled to be elected to BAN. I was influenced by BAN’s extensive resources and member relationships, and hope to grow my practice utilizing the tools and services BAN provides,” says The Bjork Group’s founder, John Bjork, who started the insurance and employee benefits firm in 1984.

According to John, BAN has emerged as the leading organization of employee benefit brokerage and consulting firms in the U.S. through its policy of intentionally limiting membership to the “best of the best” brokers in their respective markets, and its philosophy of collaboration while providing world-class resources such as preferred pricing arrangements and direct access to underwriters.

To become a BAN member, or to become a Smart Partner The Bjork Group had to pass a stringent screening process that included interacting with BAN’s members and its Board, and scrutiny of the firm’s business ethics, industry knowledge, and commitment to providing the highest quality services.

BAN Executive Director Perry Braun says,  “John and his team pride themselves on being strategic and innovative problem-solvers, partnering with clients to develop appropriate, affordable, and flexible solutions for their employee benefit programs.  We are proud to welcome them into BAN.” 

John formed The Bjork Group after several years of building a successful estate planning and business insurance practice as an agent with State Mutual. Now The Bjork Group is a specialized insurance and financial services company dedicated to employee benefits consulting, with specialty expertise in providing benefit solutions for mid-size businesses.   

“Since our inception, we have grown with our clients to become the single source for all corporate benefit solutions,” says John. “Our proprietary process, significant client base, and long-term focus give us a strong presence in the insurance and financial services marketplace, allowing us to deliver the best possible value and service to each of our customers. We are confident our membership in BAN will accelerate our ability to grow.”

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. BAN delivers 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, ethical approach, business acumen, and strategic vision.

To preserve and enhance the intimate level of sharing between the Smart Partners, BAN turns away more candidates than it accept, ensuring that members are peers with the most progressive and innovative employee benefit consultants and brokers from throughout the country.

For more information about why your firm should consider working with a member of Benefit Advisors Network, visit

For information about how to become a Smart Partners, contact Steve Yarcusko at 440-338-3558 or Deane Elek at 440-528-0303