Mike Lawton, a native San Diegan, joined Benefit Coordinators Corporation (BCC) as a Vice President of Sales and Product Development in 1982. Prior to that he had a successful sales and management career at Principal Financial Group.
In 2003, Mike assumed the role President/CEO of BCC taking over for John Babb who founded the company in 1968. Mike's combination of experience, vision and leadership continued the course for BCC's long-term growth built upon trust, integrity and superior customer service. Today, BCC enjoys a stellar reputation as a leading provider of outsourced solutions connecting HR, Benefit Management and Specialty Administrative Services for employers nationwide.
Mike is a graduate of the University of San Diego and serves as board member on both corporate for profit and charitable non-profit companies. He is a leader of and speaker at insurance industry and Third Party Administration groups, participates in a CEO think tank, and is involved in several charitable causes.
Susan Zajacs, who has been employed at Benefit Coordinators Corporation for 10 years, was named Chief Operating Officer in 2010.
Mrs. Zajcas has played a key role in the development of BenXcel, BCC’s robust, Web-based system for benefit enrollment, consolidated billing and eligibility lifecycle management. Her efforts have promoted BCC’s growth into a leading provider of outsourcing and administrative services offered to mid and large employers nationally.
Mrs. Zajacs holds degrees in Education, Psychology and Business Accounting from Thiel College in PA.
Tim Buzbee, Executive Vice President of Sales, has been a principal of Benefit Coordinators Corporation for more than two decades.
A graduate of San Diego State University, Mr. Buzbee brings over 20 years' experience in the employee benefits arena to his current assignment. With particular emphasis on sales and tailoring solutions to client needs, he helped BCC become one of the leading benefit administrators in the country. Mr. Buzbee's approach of combining hands-on experience with best business practices has positioned the organization for continued growth. Chief among Mr. Buzbee's responsibilities are developing insurance carrier and broker/consultant relationships and designing new services in anticipation of client needs.
Active in his local business community, Mr. Buzbee has served as Chairman of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation and as a member of CIGNA's Disability Advisory Board. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ramona (California) National Bank.
Scott DeRousse is BCC's Chief Financial Officer and SVP of Finance.
Mr. DeRousse has worked in various aspects of the insurance business since receiving his undergraduate degree. Starting as an Actuarial student, Mr. DeRousse has worked in Actuarial, Sales and Marketing, and Product Development for one of the leading insurance/banking companies worldwide. Before signing on with BCC, Mr. DeRousse primarily focused on the marketing and underwriting of Voluntary Group Life & Health products.
Mr. DeRousse received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Kansas in 1986, and an M.B.A. from Rockhurst College in 1991. He is a lifetime member of MENSA, and also holds the following insurance designations: FLMI, HIA, HIAA, ACS.
Regis Zezulewicz, Vice President of Sales (Eastern Region) has been with BCC since 1985. He provides executive level service to his clients, with technical and operational support from the key managers regionally located. He has been involved with BCC Master Account and VIP broker relationships as well as in the formation of key Carrier partnerships. Mr. Zezulewicz maintains a high-touch approach from the beginning of all new clients and quickly identifies the various service “wants and needs” of our new clients. Regis is poised to direct resources as needed to meet high-quality standards and makes every effort to create a lasting relationship with his clients and partners.
Steve Adams joined Benefit Coordinators Corporation in 1996 and is currently the company’s Vice President of Human Resources and Compliance. Mr. Adams’ current responsibilities entrust him with the all aspects of the company’s Human Resources, as well as his compliance duties that include HIPAA Privacy Officer and State TPA licensing.
Prior to joining BCC, Mr. Adams worked in government service for the County of Allegheny, including four yeas as the Manager of Employee Benefits and Services. Mr. Adams received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bethany College and his M.B.A in Management at the University of Steubenville.
Additionally, he attained the designation as a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
Patrick Helbling joined Benefit Coordinators Corporation in 1999 and is currently the company’s Vice President of Client Relations. While here at BCC, Patrick has held positions as our Assistant Controller, Director of Client Services, VP of Client Services, and his current position.
Mr. Helbling’s current responsibilities entrust him with the team of employees that implement, renew and service all of BCC Benefit Administration solutions from BenXcel through all of our value added services of COBRA, FSA Administration, HRA Administration, and Self-Funded Claim Processing.
Prior to joining BCC, Patrick was one of the founding members of a brokerage firm, Beneficial Associates. While there he held many roles: Controller, Account Manger, and Broker.
Mr. Helbling graduated from Thiel College with a major in Accounting and Business Administration. While in school, he received a Certificate of Achievement for completing the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans internship program.
Annamarie Shannon, the company’s Corporate Secretary/Vice President of Accounting & Controller, has 27 years of accounting experience with companies specializing in benefit and insurance administration.
Ms. Shannon’s experience enables her to provide leadership and management capabilities to the administrative, financial and operational functions of CGC. She first joined CGC in 1985 as an accountant and her accomplishments have enabled her to progressively hold more responsible positions during her employment at CGC.
Ms. Shannon received a B.S. Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh.