Burlington, MA— February 6, 2018 – Mick Rodgers and Axial Benefits Group (ABG), a full-service benefits management company, was awarded the 2018 Summit Award by the Association for Insurance Leadership at the Ascend Agency Growth and Leadership Summit in Nashville, TN on January 20, 2018.
The Summit Award is the Association for Insurance Leadership’s highest honor and recognizes the employee benefits agency that demonstrates unmatched excellence as a NextGeneration Benefits firm, providing superior, more cost-effect benefits plans for employers and enhanced benefits for employees.
“It’s been a tremendous experience being part of the NextGeneration insurance movement, receiving this honor adds to the positive momentum we’re building as an agency and an industry,” said Mick Rodgers, Principal and Managing Partner, Axial Benefits Group.
ABG received the award for its groundbreaking achievements in Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions (HPCs). These groups have leveraged the power of numbers approach and other captive techniques within a proven, enhanced management framework. Last year, ABG returned $3.2M in unused premiums to its coalition members while providing robust benefits plans at about 40% of the cost of the national average. In addition to growing its current independent HPCs, Axial launched The Alliance Healthcare Coalition in 2017 and continues to elevate its processes and practices through continuous improvement and partner integration.
“The way Mick and Axial Benefits Group has been able to transform both its operations and thinking to meet its customers needs has been a catalyst for change across the industry,” noted Nelson Griswold, president, Bottomline Solutions and co-founder of The Association for Insurance Leadership. “In a time when premiums have skyrocketed and legislation continues to press employers, ABG has managed to achieve the unthinkable - better benefits at lower costs with more stability. It’s been exciting for all of us to see and learn from.”
Ron Carlstrom, Director of Marketing
About Axial Benefits Group
Founded in 2004, Axial Benefits Group (ABG) is a full-service benefits company based in Boston, MA. ABG, part of The Axial Company, specializes in Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions for mid-size companies; and direct contracting with hospitals and providers to build their own HMO style products for local employers. For more information, visit: www.axialbg.com
About the Association for Insurance Leadership
The Association for Insurance Leadership (AIL) is the industry’s only organization exclusively for the leaders of independent employee benefits practices. Full membership is limited to owners & principals of independent benefits agencies and benefits practice leaders at independent P&C agencies. The mission of the AIL is simple: Elevate the industry by supporting and equipping the current and future leaders of independent benefits practices.
The AIL works to elevate the industry today by elevating & equipping the leaders of individual agencies to transform their agency into a NextGeneration Benefits Firm®. The AIL works to elevate the industrytomorrow by elevating & equipping the Emerging Leaders of AIL Member Firms who will provide the future leadership of their firms and our industry. For more information, visit: http://ail-assn.org/about-ail/