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 […]


Kevin Cumings, RHU, Ph.D., REBC, AHIC

Kevin joined Buiten & Associates in 2004 as Vice-President of Group Benefits and manages the Employee Benefits Department. Prior to joining Buiten, Kevin owned an employee benefits agency. As a licensed insurance counselor in health & life insurance, Kevin is results-oriented and provides solutions to help employers attract and retain quality employees. Kevin earned his […]


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 […]


Ally Flinski

Ally Notario joined Buiten & Associates in 2016 as an Employee Benefits Account Manager.  Her prior experience includes education and customer service. She maintains a Life & Health Insurance Agent License. Ally is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and Secondary Education. In her spare […]


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 […]


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 […]


David Shufelt

David Shufelt joined Buiten & Associates in 2018 as an Account Manager specializing in Employee Benefits, Medicare and Individual Health Insurance. He maintains a Life & Health Insurance Agent License. David is a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Risk Management and Insurance. In his spare time […]


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 & […]