Bryan Perkins, Senior Consultant, National Benefits, is known as a “numbers guy.” With no prior experience in insurance, he joined Cowan in 1989, working in our Actuarial Department and transferring to Group Benefits shortly after. Over the next three decades, Bryan learned everything about the benefits industry by providing outstanding service to our clients.

From novice to expert

From small businesses with 20 employees to large associations with more than 2,000 employees, Bryan specializes in designing complex employee plans for professional associations, where no cookie-cutter solution applies.

Over the years, Bryan has built comprehensive Excel sheets and other tools which he’s used to quote, design, and service our plan sponsors. Despite the changes in the industry, Bryan continues to bring fact-based, creative solutions and exceptional value to our clients, keeping on top of regulation changes, high-tech solutions, and our clients’ need to integrate employee benefits plans with HR and billing systems.

Today, Bryan still works with a few clients who have been with him from the beginning—a perfect testament to his expertise and incredible ability to build trust.

Embarking on a new chapter

After working part-time for the last few years, Bryan recently decided to retire. Next on his to-do list is travelling with his wife, Carol, and building an addition at his cottage on Lake Huron.

It’s an understatement to say that Bryan will be greatly missed. However, the good news is that he plans on helping out to service key clients and slowly transition his expertise, including his legendary Excel spreadsheets with dozens of tabs, to other consultants on our group benefits team.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue working on some cases to ensure business continuity. I am most excited about the chance to keep in touch with many great people—clients and coworkers alike. It’s hard to leave these meaningful relationships behind. – Bryan Perkins

Congratulations, and thank you!

On behalf of our clients and colleagues, we thank Bryan for his 32 years of hard work, devotion, and mentorship and sincerely wish him a fun and fulfilling retirement. Thank you for your tremendous contribution and your mentorship, Bryan! We will miss you greatly.