Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting

6000 Clearwater Drive Minnetonka, MN 55343-9437
We are a premier employee benefits, risk management, retirement plan and HR consulting agency based in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois with over 400 colleagues supporting our clients. At Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting, we devote our vast resources to solve your problems, so you can focus on your business. We look at employee benefits and risk management strategically - helping our clients to leverage their talent and understand their risk when making critical decisions. We are known for our high energy, innovation and commitment - to our clients and each other. Our clients are more like partners. Your success is how we measure our own achievement.

Company Staff

David Martin
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Executive Vice President
David serves as Executive Vice President for Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting, one of the largest agencies in the country. David works with clients in the private and public sectors, and some of the largest employers in Minnesota and nationwide. He drives the creative development of several initiatives relating to consumerism, care support, prescription drug programs, and health management programs. David is skilled in negotiation, strategic benefit design, problem-solving, and vendor management. His collaborative style results in the delivery of best practices and seamless integration between multiple parties.
Dean Hildebrandt
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Chief Executive Officer
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Patrick Tollefsrud
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Senior Vice President
Engage Partnerships with CEO's/CFO's/COO's/HR to Create Beginning-to-End Short-Term and Long-Term Strategic Planning Initiatives for Self-Funded and Fully Insured Commerical Healthcare, Healthcare Reform & Ancillary Programs, Financial Business Risk Management, Claims & Biometric Program Analysis/Management, Consumerism/Engagement Programs, Executive Benefits, Succession Planning/Buy-Sell, M&A, Business Insurance/Property & Casualty, Wellness Consulting, Human Resources Consulting. Recognized in 2010, 2011 & 2012 as an Industry-wide Leader of Group Health Insurance, by "Twin Cities Business Magazine" - Five Star Health Insurance Professional Award. Award recipients represent the Top 2% of MN Licensed Professionals/Brokers/Consultants. Award evaluated by a Blue Ribbon Panel of Health, and Insurance Industry Experts (an independent 3rd party research company administered a rigorous research process across 30,000 Twin Cities based small business decision-makers asking them to evaluate their company's health insurance professional. Evaluations based on nine criteria: customer service, integrity, knowledge/expertise, employee communication, employer communication, scope/depth of consultation activities, quality of recommendations, post sale service, and overall satisfaction). Active leadership role as mentor to new ABRC brokers/consultants through facilitation of one-on-one and group case reviews, sales & product training, as well as expediting sales plans/joint sales calls. Engage in all aspects of helping them learn and grow their business. Named ABRC Mentor of the Year in 2009. Co-founder and participant in an organization leading "Team Sales Builder Group" consisting of a chosen handful of top sales associates/brokers designed to cultivate new solutions/resources/tools organizationally, and advance individual selling strategies/results. Involves roundtable discussions, committee work, workshops, product/service creation/implementation/integration and more.
Ryan LeBeau
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Vice President, Employee Benefits Practice Group Leader
I'm an Employee Benefits Professional with 11+ years of experience in all areas of the design, funding, and administration of employee benefit plans. The approach I take in working with my clients is consultative. I provide ideas & solutions – not products. In today's world, employers need partners who think strategically in order to spot opportunities and avoid landmines. Making a recommendation in one area of your benefits package may result in unintended consequences in another area. This is especially true with the complexity that exists around compliance with the Affordable Care Act. At Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting, I am surrounded by a team of high performing specialists. We believe in a collaborative approach to servicing our clients, and employ experts in the areas of The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Employment Law, Human Resources, Compliance, Wellness, On-Site/Near Site Clinics, Direct Physician Contracting, Client Technology (including Private Exchanges, Benefit Administration and Payroll), Health Plan Underwriting, Claims Analytics, Actuarial Analysis, and more. When needed, I am able to draw upon these resources to better serve my clients. It’s clear our approach has worked. According to Business Insurance magazine’s survey, we are the: • 2nd largest employee benefits specialist in the United States • 48th largest insurance broker of US business I have numerous happy clients who are willing to serve as references. Let me know if you’d like to hear their thoughts on the work I’ve done.
William Bohn
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Executive Chairman
Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Law, Financial Services and Employee Benefits