John Garven, president and founder 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 awarded by The Center for Fiduciary Studies, and recently completed the requirements leading to being conferred the C(k)P™ (Certified 401(k) Professional) designation from The Retirement Advisor University (TRAU).
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 National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), 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 in Chicago as a policy advisor covering health care issues.
John and his team members are ready to assist any size business or organization by providing service and advice around the design, risk management, communication, and enrollment of its health and welfare and qualified retirement plans and keeping it compliant with respect to the federal and state laws and regulations that impact upon such plans.
Garven resides in Huntley, Illinois with his wife of 36 years, and has two adult children and three grandchildren.