Schaumburg, Ill. (September 18, 2015) - Assurance, an award-winning independent insurance brokerage, is pleased to welcome the addition of Rick Barfield to its Employee Benefits division. Rick will be joining Assurance’s professional services practice, where he’ll consult executives on strategic insurance solutions. Rick, who will serve as employee benefits advisor, brings over 15 years of insurance and financial services experience. 

In his new role, Rick will strategize with Assurance clients on benefits choices, ensuring their key issues, initiatives, priorities and upcoming opportunities are all taken into account. His end goal is to maximize the health and well-being of each client’s employee group while implementing programs that will have a long-term, positive financial impact on the company’s bottom line.

“I’m always looking at the big picture and creating long-term value for my clients,” stated Barfield. “I found a great fit with Assurance and their vision to credibly calculate $1 billion in value annually for clients. It’s definitely a win/win situation for me.” 

"Rick is joining the company at a time of tremendous expansion.” stated Liz Smith, president at Assurance. She continued, “We’ve grown our benefits sales volume by 350% over the last seven years and couldn’t be more thrilled to add eager, strategic thinkers like Rick into the mix. He’ll be a great contributor.”

Rick graduated from Howard University in 2000 with a Master of Business Administration degree. He also completed his undergrad there in 1994. Prior to Assurance, Rick was a Sales Consultant at a global benefits consulting business. 

Rick will work out of Assurance’s Chicago office location.

About Assurance
Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the U.S. A “Top 50” broker and repeated national “Best Place to Work” winner, Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country. The company is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL with centralized office locations in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO. Visit Assurance at www.assuranceagency.com.