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Highly Consultative
We take a consultative, data-driven approach that goes beyond benefits. You can expect our team of passionate, service-oriented employee benefits consultants to deliver a Fortune 1000 experience to your benefits team. That means you receive consulting, expertise and trust that even the largest of companies have come to expect.
We’re proud of our EBSCO Industries roots – roots that have influenced our becoming one of the premier employee benefits groups with a focus on companies around the Southeast. Founded by the late Elton B. Stephens, EBSCO has evolved into a global, privately held company with 5,000 employees in 23 countries.
Always There

Our extensive degree of personal interaction and involvement means we don’t simply show up at renewal time or attempt to sell a new product. Our clients become friends, and we partner with you and your business to achieve the results you need and that fit your business and employees.

Services
Is it time you expected more from your broker? Our core services help companies that desire more from their benefits teams.
Meet Our Benefits Team Leaders
Cooper Johnson
Benefits Practice Leader

Cooper oversees the entirety of our benefits practice at all branch locations. He leads the group to focus on solving complex problems through a high-touch, high-results and holistic approach in the modern ACA era

Hawkins Tatum
Senior VP - Employee Benefits

Hawkins' combined employer and carrier perspective is highly regarded. Between managing employer health plans for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and leading a growing HR department for a mid-size, privately held company, Hawkins is one of the most sought after consultants in Alabama.

We have in-house specialists with extensive experience you expect across many verticals. The team includes a financial analyst, compliance attorney, wellness consultants, HR consultants and a larger team with a background working at healthcare insurance providers, national brokers and large employers.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can better position your employee benefits program, let’s connect.
Wellness Incentives – Are They Doing All They Should?
Several years ago, we transitioned one of our clients to an outcomes-based wellness program, where employees were asked to meet specified health goals. In the first five years, cost per employee per month (PEPM) decreased by nearly 10% cumulatively.
Shared Health & Wellness Centers Now Available To Small-to-Midsize Companies
Through our partnerships, Valent Group is able to offer access to a shared wellness center to our Huntsville, Birmingham and Hoover area clients
Best Place to Work 2 Years in a Row!
Nominated by our employees as a Birmingham Business Journal “Best Place to Work,” we know what it takes to create a vibrant culture that makes a difference in the lives of employees. Benefits, HR and wellness can all play into making your work culture a Best Place to Work too; we can show you how.
We are the only Alabama-chosen member of United Benefit Advisors (UBA), one of the top 10 largest employee benefits networks in the country and the nation’s largest independent distribution channel, representing $543 million placed annually with carriers.
This collaboration harnesses the collectives’ buying power through competitive rates and enhanced services. As a result, we provide our clients the market leverage, capabilities, resources and expertise of the largest publicly traded brokerages in the country.
UBA, a partner-owned alliance of more than 140 premier independent advisory firms, has 200 offices globally.
Through our UBA partnership, we have:
Access to one of the nation’s largest health plan benchmarking surveys that no one else — even the big brokers — can offer. This includes responses from nearly 18,000 health plans sponsored by 12,000 employers nationwide
A respected relationship with markets and carriers because of the millions of dollars placed and represented among our 2,000 UBA agent partners nationwide
Proprietary products and tools offered at an enterprise discount through the UBA network of clients