About Us

Dedicating both time and resources to our community allows for a greater level of connection to those we serve.

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​James Barham

James incorporated Barham Benefit Group on July 1, 1997. He has been a licensed life, health, and accident insurance broker in Illinois since January 1986. James’ experience prior to establishing Barham Benefit Group– including as a Sales/Service Representative at PersonalCare – provides him the insight to understand both the carrier’s as well as the customer perspective. This deep understanding has resulted in excellent relationships with the carriers and a client retention rate of 97%.

 

When he is not serving his clients, biking or sky diving, James has maintained community focus as a priority. Having served as an elected Park District Commissioner, member of numerous boards, fundraiser, contributor and art gallery owner, his commitment to our community is well known. He has been honored to receive United Way’s Spirit of Caring Award, the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois’ Hearts of Gold Award and the Friend of the  Agency award from the Housing Authority of Champaign County. Recently he has been active with the United Way of Champaign County’s Power of the Purse, the Housing Authority of Champaign County’s Youth Build Program, and the World’s Largest Recycled Glass Christmas Tree.

Carol Timms

Carol shares her skills as a business owner, non-profit manager, community organizer and educator to enhance our ability to serve you. Since 1994, Carol has been President of Educational Dividends. Through Educational Dividends she has developed productive teams providing educational, financial, grant writing, and management services to non-profits, governmental entities, schools and major corporations. Her community service work includes leading the TIMES Center Advisory Board for 10 years, working to strengthen our downtown including serving as Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Champaign Center Partnership, and serving on the organizing committee for 40 North’s annual fundraiser.  Carol is a member of Champaign Rotary and will serve as its President in 2023-2024.

 

She is a licensed broker who places an emphasis on outstanding customer service. She regularly shares research, trends and communications regarding benefit packages and human resource  issues with our clients. Her  grant writing skills are provided to our non-profit clients at no cost.

Jeanne Bohlen

Jeanne is a human resources and benefits specialist with 24 years' experience, whose goal is to serve as an advocate for the insured. A continuous learner, Jeanne has attained multiple certifications throughout her career, including Certified Administrative Professional through the International Association of Administrative Professionals, the Group Benefits Associate from the Wharton School, SHRM Certified Professional certification from Society for Human Resource Management and SHIP counselor certification from the Illinois Department of Aging. She is a licensed broker.

 

Jeanne is a SHIP volunteer at the Community Resource Center at OSF in Urbana where she helps seniors navigate the scope of Medicare options. She is a member of the Central Illinois Human Resource Group (a chapter of SHRM) where she has served on the board for the past 5 years, most recently as chapter president. 

Bob Dunker

Bob is founding partner of BSP Group Benefits Inc., based in Chicago, Illinois and has been involved with group benefits for over 25 years. Bob studied marketing and finance at University of Illinois at Chicago earning a BA in Business Marketing. He is an active lifetime member of National Association of Health Underwriter’s.

Mr. Dunker has a long record of successfully guiding local agents and national agents with group benefit solutions for their clients. He is a go-to agent that provides exceptional services for insurance agents and clients. His specific area of expertise includes marketing and recommending a variety of new business products, savvy negotiating on new business premiums and renewals, and after sale service that is unparalleled.

Thanks to his exceptionally loyal agent clientele, and repeat business, Bob has established a solid foundation in the benefits business, and continues to grow in the ever-changing industry.