In 1997, Tom McGraw and Bill Wentworth launched an independent employee group benefits firm focusing on serving the unique needs of mid-size Michigan employers. Financing the company themselves, Tom and Bill launched McGraw Wentworth with just one employee and no clients, and went without paychecks for the first two years. With a different business model – focusing only on health care benefits and providing a higher quality client experience – and a passion for our Vision & Principles, McGraw Wentworth succeeded in becoming the region’s largest employee group benefits firm.
Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) acquired McGraw Wentworth in December 2012. In 2014, MMA also acquired Great Lakes Employee Benefit Services. Combined, Marsh & McLennan Agency | Michigan now has over 90 Health & Benefits employees partnering with over 220 employers including privately-and publicly-held firms, municipalities, school districts, non-profits, manufacturers, services, retailers and wholesale firms. This diverse client base ensures our firm’s stability and growth, while also allowing us to share best practices from each industry.
As a part of MMA, we now have expanded resources and a network of expertise to call upon as needed. This includes Property & Casualty services, available both locally via our office in Livonia and nationally.
I look to MMA Michigan for really creative ideas on how to best structure our benefits program to attract and retain employees.