Industry veteran, Mike Castle, founded Beneport in 2005. Since the beginning, Beneport has focused on more than just enrollment solutions. We provide Enrollment Solutions, Plus! Our full service benefit education and enrollment services are the best in the industry.
With over 100 years of combined experience with a wide variety of industries and enrollment methodologies, you can rest assured that the entire Beneport team has the expertise and experience needed to make your enrollment a success.
Founder and President
Vice President, Client Services & Communications
Mike has been an innovative industry leader since 1988. In 1992, he founded Employee Benefit Communications (EBC), a national enrollment firm working with large benefit brokerage houses. There he developed enrollment management and point-of-sale software. In 1996, EBC became a wholly owned subsidiary of Combined Insurance Company of America, an Aon Company. Over time, Mike developed key software to assist in the sale and enrollment of clients and their employees for both core and telephonic enrollment operations. Mike is the pioneer in the development of telephonic enrollment methodology utilizing voice-stamping technology in lieu of a wet signature.
Mike founded Beneport in 2005 to address the rising demand for Benefit Center (telephonic) and online enrollment solutions for clients, consultants, brokers and carriers.
Mike attended Southern Illinois University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Journalism. He remains very active in the worksite industry as a member of the board of the Workplace Benefits Association and is a frequent speaker at industry functions, as well as publication in trade journals, like Benefits Selling.
In 1997, after nine years with Aon Risk Services, Barbara switched focus to worksite benefits with Employee Benefit Communications (EBC), also an Aon company. At EBC, Barbara as Case Coordinator, then Manager of Case Administration, she managed the information flow from notification of a new case through implementation. Next Barbara took the role of EBC’s Marketing/Communications Manager, developing proposals, pre-enrollment communication campaigns and company marketing materials.
Barbara joined Beneport in 2008 as Marketing & Communications Manager, developing pre-enrollment communication campaigns, including memos, flyers, posters, benefit guides, video scripts for clients as well as developing Beneport's marketing materials and website. In 2018, Barbara became Director of Client Services, specializing in project management and delivering the best possible service to clients. In 2020, Barbara became Vice President, Client Services & Communications. She also continues her role as a passionate employee benefits educator and communicator.
Barbara holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing from the University of South Florida.
Director of Enrollment Services
Desso began his career in the insurance industry in 1985 as Sales Manager at The Gabor Agency. There, he managed twenty agents who marketed to State of Florida employees in the state university system. At American Heritage Life, Desso was Regional Sales Manager for North Florida. Desso was Regional Implementation Director at Combined Insurance Company. He was responsible for recruiting, hiring and developing enrollers and Regional Implementation Managers who supported enrollments in a wide variety of industries, including government entities, retail, banks, healthcare and manufacturing.
Prior to joining Beneport, he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at FBMC Benefits Management, with responsibility for acquiring new business in the public sector marketplace. In 2011, Desso joined Beneport as Director of Enrollment Services, supervising Benefit Center and Field operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from University of West Florida, is a Life Underwriters Training Council (LUTC) graduate and has a Consumer Directed Health Care designation.
Director of Benefit Center Operations
After 8 years in the US Navy and 4 years managing airport operations for Airborne Express, David began his worksite career with Employee Benefit Communications in 2000 as a Benefit Specialist and then as Call Center Manager, responsible for case set up, enroller management, call center scheduling, and reporting.
In 2008, David joined Beneport as Account Services Coordinator & Benefit Center Manager. David is responsible for giving pre-enrollment client presentations, product research and recommendations, case set up and implementation, case management, benefit center & benefit coach scheduling and management as well as case completion and statistic reporting.
David became Assistant Director of Client Services in 2018, further expanding his role in project management and implementation. In 2020, he assumed the role of Director, Benefit Center Operations.
Enrollment Administration Service Manager
In 1997, Dan began his worksite career with Employee Benefit Communications (EBC). subsidiary of Combined Insurance, an Aon Company. At EBC, Dan was responsible for several facets of the company administration, including enrollment statistic reporting, general office procedures, human resources support, Benefit Specialist recruiting and licensing.
Dan joined Beneport in 2008 as Enrollment Administration Service Manager responsible for administrative policy & procedure development, statistic reporting, Benefit Coach recruiting and licensing, enrollment scheduling, travel coordination, and general office procedures.