Irvine, Calif.-based Burnham Benefits Insurance Services is staking out Northern California for a push toward further expansion with new offices in the region and new senior leadership on board to drive growth and market penetration.
Burnham established a new office in San Rafael and is actively seeking talent in the San Francisco, Marin and San Jose region to build the office in this area.
Michael Michalski has become an equity partner in the firm and has been appointed as regional president. Michalski, who has more than 30 years’ experience in insurance, begins his service charged with building Burnham’s Northern California team, establishing the new offices and focusing on the firm’s overall growth.
Michalski’s experience includes entrepreneurship and the sale of his own firm to a national firm, as well as roles that encompassed sales, production and senior leadership.
After working in employee benefits for Aetna, Michalski founded Optimum Benefits Co. in 1984. The San Francisco merged with Benefits Planning Inc. in 1989. He sold the company to Arthur J. Gallagher in March 2003 and stayed on as president until joining Burnham Benefits on April 1.
Burnham Benefits is an employee benefits brokerages to specializing solely in employee benefits insurance.
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