Crown Alum Recognized by Atlanta Business Chronicle

Crown Alum Recognized by Atlanta Business Chronicle

Jack Bruce (’82) HR & Wellness Expert, has his company earning Top 10 Healthiest Employers Award in Atlanta

39741efa53In 2004, after serving nearly 20 years in the pastoral ministry, Jack Bruce (Crown College, Class of 1982) joined BIS Benefits (Atlanta) as its Operations Manager. Jack has been the organization’s Chief Operating Officer since 2008, and understands the importance of employee wellness.

BIS Benefits has now been named to the Top Ten Healthiest Employers list by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

According to Mr. Bruce, “Any company of any size can enjoy a well-designed wellness program. We’re happy to show anyone how.”

He credits the firm’s wellness coordinator, Marla Mohr, with implementing the firm’s Quarterly Wellness Challenge. BIS hosts “Lunch & Learns” for employees to learn about nutrition, coping with stress, and other health topics. Break room snacks offer healthier choices; reimbursements for gym memberships and exercise classes are available; and employees are equipped to fight the spread of germs through participation in Kimberly Clark’s program, The Healthy Workplace Project.

“Marla has helped transform the culture at BIS,” said Mr. Bruce, a human resources and employee wellness expert. “With the wellness challenge, we’ve made our healthy, active approach a business strategy – and our people have embraced wellness as a lifestyle.”

The approach has been popular inside and outside the office. Points are earned for eating balanced meals, creating healthy hydration habits, and increasing physical activity. Employees can convert the points to dollars in order to make purchases that support healthier lifestyles.

“Over 75 percent of employees received money for new walking, running, cross-training, or tennis shoes,” says Ms. Mohr. “That simple act encourages everyone to bring these healthy habits home to their families.” Wellness programs across the country have been praised for cutting healthcare costs and reducing insurance premiums. But BIS aims for a broader impact.

“Increased productivity at work depends on our lives inside and outside the office,” says Mr. Bruce. “Overall wellness of our wonderful employees is the goal – a lower cost burden on the bottom line is just an added bonus.”

About BIS Benefits
The locally owned employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm serves over 350 small businesses and non-profit organizations in metro Atlanta and around Georgia with insurance and wellness solutions. BIS Benefits has been known for outstanding value and service since its founding by Ray Bachman in 1997.

Jack Bruce, Chief Operating Officer
Jack joined BIS Benefits in 2004 as Operations Manager, a position he held until being appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2008. As COO, Jack oversees many facets of the business’ operations, including Human Resources, Finance, Strategic Management and Communications.

Prior to joining BIS Benefits, Jack served for nearly 20 years in pastoral ministry. An ordained minister, he held positions as a senior pastor in Northeast Tennessee and as an Associate Pastor in Gwinnett County.

Jack is active in SHRM-Atlanta (Society of Human Resource Management), where he currently volunteers and serves as the EVP of Programming. He is a recipient of the SHRM-Atlanta 2011 Presidential Volunteer Leadership Award. He also is a member of the Human Resource Management of Association (HRMA) of Gwinnett. He is active on the Atlanta HR Prayer Breakfast Host Committee, in the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Jack has obtained his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation and holds a Georgia Life and Health License.

Jack holds a bachelor’s degree from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota and a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. He enjoys Alabama football, Tweeting, blogging, reading, and running — having completed four marathons since March 2011. He and his wife, Julie — also a Crown alum, have four children and reside in Gwinnett County, just outside of Atlanta.

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