About John Garven

John Garven, the founder and president of Benico, Ltd., an employee benefit brokerage and consulting firm based in the Chicago area, holds the Chartered Healthcare Consultant™ (ChHC™), Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®), and Registered Health Underwriter® (RHU®) designations conferred by The American College, the nation’s leading educational institution serving the insurance and financial services industries.  He also holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation through The Center for Fiduciary Studies.

A graduate of Trinity International University in Bannockburn, Illinois, Garven began his career in 1977 as an agent for AXA Equitable, and in 1981 founded Benico, Ltd. after working for Great-West Healthcare as a group insurance sales representative for two years.

Garven is past president of the Illinois State Association of Health Underwriters, a state affiliate of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), a national trade organization representing more than 100,000 agents, brokers, and consultants who are professionally engaged in the distribution of private health insurance and related products and services.  He is also an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), and the Benefit Advisors Network (BAN), and since 2005 he has been associated with the Heartland Institute (heartland.org) as a policy advisor covering health care issues.

John is a renowned industry speaker, with his reputation built on his ability to clearly and effectively communicate often-complex subject matter in an informed and engaging manner.  In the past he has spoken at meetings sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association, the Heartland Institute, SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and the League of Women Voters.  Garven is also a frequent speaker at national, regional, and local meetings of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

This site is intended to serve as John’s personal blog.  The subject matter of posts for the most part will be policy-related in some manner.  Further, because this is John’s personal blog, the opinions expressed herein  are solely his own and therefore should not be construed as being shared, supported, or endorsed in any manner by his employer.