BB&H was founded by Susan Brooks and Deborah Babineau in 1997. Our Mission Statement calls for all staff to have continuous client involvement, including the Key Personnel. Unlike many other brokerages, our management team actively participates in your account.
President and Founder
Susan Brooks has worked in the employee benefits insurance industry for over 30 years. Susan manages the firm as well as serving as an employee benefits consultant. Her primary clientele are mid size employers working in the manufacturing, entertainment and service industries. She excels at helping clients define their objectives and goals. Susan uses her extensive knowledge and experience to underwrite plans, interpret contracts, and find alternative funding mechanisms for employee health plans. Her strong industry relationships make Susan extremely effective at negotiating renewals and obtaining reasonable pricing. Susan worked with two of the nation’s largest brokerage firms, Johnson & Higgins, and Alexander & Alexander, as well as a major insurer, Great West Life, before opening BB&H. Her strong leadership inspires teamwork among her associates and earns her respect from satisfied customers.
Deborah S. Babineau
Vice President and Founder
Deborah S. Babineau co-founded BB&H with Susan H. Brooks in 1997 after having worked in the insurance industry for several years. She manages the financial and business administration aspects of the firm in addition to being a benefits consultant. Deborah is a problem solver who assists with the design, implementation, and management of health care programs for companies with over 100 employees. She has extensive knowledge of employee benefit laws, such as ERISA, HIPAA, and COBRA, and provides technical analysis to her BB&H associates as well as to clients. Deborah specializes in writing and managing employee benefits communications, using newsletters, brochures, and open enrollment videos to introduce new plans and explain plan changes to employees. Prior to founding BB&H, Deborah was an account executive at Alexander and Alexander. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with an emphasis in finance from the University of California at Santa Barbara and continues to earn advanced certificates as a benefits specialist.
Marice Hale McKeegan
Vice President and Senior Consultant
Marice Hale McKeegan was instrumental in helping Susan Brooks and Deborah Babineau establish BB&H Benefit Designs in 1997. With more than 13 years’ experience in employee benefits consulting, Marice has extensive knowledge of insurance products and alternate funding mechanisms for employee health plans. She develops benefit programs for mid-sized and large companies, working with corporate and nonprofit firms to help them develop comprehensive, cost-effective benefit programs. She also specializes in the implementation and maintenance of 401(k) retirement programs. Marice acquired her expertise at Alexander and Alexander, where she worked with small and mid-sized clients, and she served as a senior consultant at a regional broker for two years before helping found BB&H. She is an integral member of the team, bringing her hands-on approach to the design and management of employee benefits and assuming responsibility for administering the firm’s human resources.