Benefits Insurance Team

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Makenzi Bezemek

MaKenzi joined Buiten & Associates, LLC in 2014 as an Account Manager serving small business employee benefit accounts. Prior to joining Buiten, MaKenzi worked as an Assistant Budget Officer at Western Michigan University’s Office of Financial Planning and Budgets. Her background includes customer service, sales and administrative assistance. MaKenzi is a Western Michigan University graduate […]

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Kevin Cumings, RHU, Ph.D., REBC

Kevin joined Buiten & Associates in 2004 as Vice-President of Group Benefits and manages the Life, Health & Employee Benefits Department. Prior to joining Buiten, Kevin owned an employee benefits agency. As a licensed agent in health & life insurance, Kevin advises businesses as well as individuals in employee benefits and any individual insurance needs. […]

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Lisa B. DeBoer

Lisa has been with Buiten & Associates since 1999, and is a large group account manager in the benefits department. Her prior experiences in customer service and education uniquely equip her for the various responsibilities of servicing clients and their employees. Lisa is a graduate of Dordt College with a BA in Education, and maintains […]

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Rod W. Hathaway, CIC, LUTCF

Rod joined Buiten & Associates in 1987 and became a partner in 1999. Prior to joining Buiten & Associates, he was a senior commercial underwriter at Amerisure Companies and a commercial underwriter at New Hampshire Insurance Company. Rod writes multiple lines of insurance coverage including personal and commercial lines as well as employee benefits and […]

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Ryan T. Pylman

Ryan joined Buiten & Associates as a sales executive in 2010 and became a partner in 2011. Prior to joining Buiten & Associates, LLC he was the Vice President of Group Benefits at West Michigan Business Group. Ryan has 15 years of insurance experience specializing in developing & implementing employee benefit solutions for small and middle market […]

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Vickie L. Thompson, CLU, ChFC, LIC

Vickie joined Buiten & Associates in 2011 as an account manager with 33 years of experience, specializing in employee benefits. Prior to joining Buiten, she was Vice President/Manager of Employee Benefits with HRH of Michigan and an account executive with Willis of Michigan. Her experience includes consulting with clients regarding corporate goals for employee benefit plans, assisting […]

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Stacey K. VanWynen

Stacey joined Buiten & Associates in 2012 as an account manager with 10 years industry experience, specializing in the individual health market for the last 5 years. Prior to joining Buiten, she was an account service representative for a Managing Agent of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for Agents in West Michigan. Stacey’s interests […]

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Katie Vranich

Katie joined Buiten & Associates in 2014 as an Employee Benefits Account Manager.  Prior to joining Buiten, she worked as a Customer Service Representative for Michigan Employee Benefit Services. Her prior experience includes customer service, claim resolutions and claims auditing. Katie attended Grand Valley State University, and is a licensed Insurance Agent in Health & […]