Our Team

 Victoria Braden, President and CEO

Victoria Braden, President and CEO, is responsible for the vision and growth of Braden Benefit Strategies, Inc. As such, Braden is focused on implementing the new ACA regulations at the least cost in order to benefit businesses with less than 300 employees.

Braden has worked exclusively in the group health insurance arena since 1994, establishing Braden Benefit Strategies, Inc. in 2002.

The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) has recognized Braden for 7 years as a top insurance producer in the U.S. and one of the Top 1% of health insurance agents for the last 3 years.

Prior to Braden’s entrance into the benefits arena, she held management positions at Johnson & Johnson’s, McNeil Consumer Products, Borden Foods, and the Pillsbury Company. Using knowledge of the benefit structures at these large corporations has helped Braden Benefit Strategies, Inc. successfully craft competitive plans and cost containment measures for clients.

Braden has represented small businesses on Capitol Hill in 2004 testifying before a house committee on “The Benefits of Health Savings Accounts” and again in 2011 regarding the cost of PPAC A implementation to small businesses.

Braden Benefit Strategies, Inc. is known for the role the company takes in educating small businesses and their employees.

Braden Benefit Strategies, Inc. recognizes ACA as a complete transformation of the delivery of health insurance in America. As such, the company has lead the way in ACA education, working to take the rampant misunderstanding of employer requirements, identifying the potential ACA financial liability, providing long-term financial planning and answering employees questions as to how the new law will affect them. Under Braden’s leadership, the company has developed consulting practices for companies interested in turn key ACA compliance, ACA financial planning and/or ACA employee education. Clients using Braden Benefit Strategies, Inc. as their insurance agency receive these products inclusive of their benefit planning.

Braden’s knowledge, reputation, humor, and passion for small business and employee benefit planning has made her a sought after speaker, commentator, and writer.

The new reality of ACA, the potential effect on small businesses, and the confusing, constant changes in information, along with Braden’s unique grasp of potentially viable options, makes Braden Benefit Strategies, Inc. a sought after, vibrant growing entity.

Braden received her undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University, her CBC from the National Association of Alternative Benefit Consultants (NAABC) and ACA certification from NAHU. She credits her dad for her sales ability, her mom for her high standards and her never give up attitude and both parents for her work ethic and dedication to her trade.

 Carol Stiles, Business Development Manager

Carol Stiles supervises the day to day operations and corresponding staff including client services, market analyst, employee education, special projects and our interns. Stiles’ position encompasses securing ‘best in class’ equipment and vendors, thus assuring continuous improvement in the services we offer.

Stiles joined Braden Benefit Strategies in 2006 looking for an organizational culture that would match her work ethic, high standards and value system.

Stiles began her insurance career in 1978, promoted continuously during her 28 years with a large insurance carrier, and acquiring extensive management experience in underwriting, fully funded and partially self-funded group health insurance, client service call center, inter-workings of large health insurance organizations, office and process management.

In addition, for 7+ years, Stiles worked with independent agents often accompanying these agents on appointments with small and medium businesses to present her employer’s group health insurance products. Working with independent agents/agencies afforded Stiles the unique opportunity to observe different agent’s management style, agency structure and identify successful agents. The experience Stiles brings to Braden Benefit Strategies has helped create a client centric ‘best in class’ health insurance agency.


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