Lighthouse Group merges with Mills Benefit Group


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Lighthouse Group has announced a merger with Mills Benefit Group in Grand Rapids, adding 11 employees for a new total of 50 in the Lighthouse employee benefits department.

Lighthouse now has a grand total of 220 employees at its 25 locations throughout Michigan.

Mills Benefit Group will operate as a Lighthouse company, with no change to the current team of health insurance professionals, who will continue to operate out of Mills Benefit Group’s location at 1115 Taylor Avenue NW., Suite 112, in Grand Rapids, according to Lighthouse.

“Our partnership with Mills Benefit Group not only strengthens our statewide presence, it helps further our mission of remaining a privately held, Michigan-based firm," said Tom Helmstetter, president of Lighthouse Group. "As the business landscape is changing rapidly, Lighthouse Group is focused on strategic partnerships and growth opportunities that continue to bring value to our clients.” 

Jamie Mills, principal of Mills Benefit Group, will continue in her leadership role in servicing her current clients. She will also assist Lighthouse in maintaining a proactive approach to help clients navigate the ongoing challenges of health care reform.

“I am excited about the merger of Mills Benefit Group and Lighthouse Group. As two privately held organizations, our cultures are aligned. Both organizations have operated and will continue to operate on the simple premise ‘do what is right for the client’,” Mills said.

“This merger brings together two of the leading employee benefits firms in Michigan, and I’m very excited for the material benefits that our mutual clients will see from this merger,” said Robert Heintz, vice president of benefits at Lighthouse Group. “The organizations’ combined experience, services and carrier relationships will provide Michigan employers a unique choice when selecting a partner to help them navigate the ongoing challenges of health care reform and other industry pressures.”

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