Ballard Benefit Works, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., was started by Justin Spewock, former benefit consultant and minority owner of WEYCO, INC. WEYCO,INC. was the largest privately held combined brokerage/insurance agency and third party administrator in Michigan with over 200 clients and more than 180,000 lives. Justin passed up several opportunities to work for some of the largest publicly traded and privately held employee benefit consulting houses as he saw limitations in the effectiveness and vision of such organizations in how they worked with clients and addressed their problems.
We believe we are witnessing the reinvention of health care finance and employee benefits on a global basis, as new standards are being set. BBW was started to help our clients remain on the cutting edge of product design, education, analytics, compliance and cost effectiveness so they can compete and win in a globally competitive work environment.
Our mission is to help our clients develop the best possible team members by helping them achieve a population-based optimal strategy for benefits that maximizes cost effectiveness, benefit levels, member education, wellness, compliance and operational efficiency.
Justin named the company after and in honor of his great grandfather, Dr. William R. Ballard, MD.
Dr William R. Ballard, MD. was born and raised on a small farm in Illinois and worked his way up and through medical school. He served the Bay City, Mich. community for several years making house calls in a horse drawn carriage from 1915 to 1945. Health care was simpler in those days. Our hope is to make it simple and affordable again for our clients and the people they employ and serve.