Welcome to the new age of Benefits Management

Why We're Better

Welcome to the new age of Benefits Management

Why We're Better

Technology Meets Human Resources

Make managing human resources more efficient - and your job easier. Learn how EBS is taking benefits into the future while still offering the person-to-person attention you depend on.

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Our Team

We're not your average brokers. And that's a good thing.

Kevin Grace

Vice President of Sales

Early Years

Kevin grew up in Crofton Maryland, and it's safe to say his parents wanted him to experience a devout Catholic education. Kevin attended St. Pius X grade school, Dematha High School and graduated from St. Mary's High School (whether he ever experienced "the ruler" we have no idea). Kevin lettered in football, lacrosse and wresting, then went on to Salisbury University, where he made one of his toughest decisions ever - to put sports on hold to concentrate on earning a business degree.

What we know about Kevin:

He's practically the EBS mascot.

Kevin, a seasoned employee benefits consultant and top producer, has been recognized for his ability to develop new business in a consultative sales process. He also delivers high-quality, cost-effective creative solutions and services that result in many of EBS's many long lasting client relationships. How does Kevin manage all of this? Well, we humbly admit Kevin's extensive employee benefits knowledge includes (but is not limited to) plan designs, cost containment strategies, alternate funding, market trends, ACA compliance, technology decision support analytics, and technology based employee communications, so he juggles with ease and professionalism. He hopes to leverage his extensive charisma in his bid to become the next Oriole Bird mascot.

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Fun Facts

I was the high school prom king. True.

I once held the record for the 6 and under backstroke. Crofton Swim and Tennis Club has never been the same.

I love any outdoor activity. Trail running and mountain biking are my favorites, but toss the coin and I'm in.

All of the mushy stuff is reserved for my family. To me, spending as much time with my young family as possible is the definition of quality time.

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Keara Cleary

Client Coordinator

The Early Years: Note to Self

Keara is quick to catch on. Raised in Annapolis since age 2, she learned her first valuable life lesson in first grade - and it stuck. "My discipline card was flipped from green (good) to yellow (bad) for passing notes," she explains. "That's when I learned how not to get caught." She never got in trouble at school again.

Her quick reflexes and stealthy athleticism also paid off playing a little lacrosse and soccer year-round. While in high school at St. Mary's, she played volleyball. She also "did a lot of theater - always behind the scenes." Chop, chop, and Keara was off to East Carolina University, where she continued to play soccer, softball, and party- all recreationally. She also earned a greenbelt in Isshinryu karate (watch your step!) - all while graduating in three years with a BS in Communications.

What We Know About Keara: Behind the Talent

Keara's original plan was to work in video production, and she worked as summer intern in the Talent Casting and Voice Over department at Discovery Communications. "It was an amazing opportunity, but after experiencing the corporate world of TV and video production, I realized that it wasn't for me," she says. "Although I enjoy volunteering on smaller local films in my free time." Frankly, we find the fact that Keara has any free time amazing. While working with EBS full-time, she also works part-time as a licensed realtor.

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Fun Facts

Bright Lights. I have a credit on IMDB, the film site. Probably the smallest profiles on that site, but it still counts.

Dive Deep. I have my scuba certification and try to go diving at least once a year. My bucket list includes diving with sharks, but finding a dive buddy to go with me isn't easy!

"Spare" Time. I took a bowling class in college. I'm pretty sure I only passed because the teacher felt bad, so please don't ask me to join your bowling league.

Google It. Google my name. I'm either the most famous Keara Cleary or the only one.

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Lauren Burk

Client Coordinator

Early Years: Girl Next Door

Lauren lived in the same house in a small town outside of Baltimore since birth. "It's the type of town where everyone knows everyone." Lauren went on to don the Catonsville High Comets uniform, playing lacrosse her freshman and sophomore years and field hockey all 4 years. At Salisbury University, Lauren juggled a major in psychology, intramural field hockey and softball, and a whole lot of (a-hem!) "study time" at her family's nearby Ocean City condo. However, our Lauren is not one to build sandcastles in the air. To prepare for the global stage, she studied in Edinburgh, Scotland during her last college semester. "It's the coolest city ever!" She also studied in Barcelona, Spain while in grad school.

What we know about Lauren: Industrial Strength

Undergraduate degree in hand, Lauren set her sights even higher. "The best decision I ever made was to pursue a Master of Science degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Baltimore," she explains. She received a fellowship with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at UB and worked there part-time while a full-time student. "It was exhausting, challenging, and worth it," she notes. "I see such potential between employee benefits and IO psychology here at EBS."

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Fun Facts

The Travel Continues: I've traveled to 6 countries and in 2016 went to Banff National Park in Canada and Glacier National Park in Montana. They were the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

Sing It Loud: I used to write my own songs and sing them at coffee houses...that was my chance to become famous!

The Fire Within: I Love camping! We had a huge family/friend camping trip every year for 16 years but stopped due to a change in the drinking law in Maryland State Parks. This year, we're toting our coolers to West Virginia!

New Wave: The guys in my family are all surfers and so was I when I was younger. I stopped after an accident 4 years ago. But at least I caught the wave!

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Jennifer O'Leary

Director of Client Care

Early Years

Jennifer grew up in Towson and attended Notre Dame Prep, where she was quite the sport. In fact, "JO" played 3 sports, was Gym Meet Manager, and voted "most athletic" for 4 years. As the oldest child and the only girl, she could hold her own (and still can). She had also had a passion for art and wanted to go to Maryland Institute College of Art, but landed at University of Maryland, College Park.

What we know about Jennifer:

She's a smooth Operator

Jennifer recently celebrated her ninth year at EBS and has 12 years' experience in the industry. As our Director of Client Care, she is here to make your life easier. Jennifer manages and trains our internal Client Care Specialists to ensure impeccable service. This includes (but you can bet is not limited to) daily communication with our clients' HR Directors, HR Generalists, and C-Suite executives, as well as their employee population. She also serves as a liaison for our clients with TPA's, Carriers, Vendors, and HR Consulting Firms, trouble shooting any issues associated with employee benefits and handles enrollments, plan implementations, claims issues, appeals to MIA. She works closely with our in house consultants on managing our key accounts.

What you don't know about Jennifer

Personal Interests: Sports, Cooking, Hiking, Anything by the water, Art Museums

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Fun Facts

Her daughters call her "Coach." I coach my daughters in basketball and field hockey. Hup To!

She's a pistol: I recently began a hunter's education and firearms safety course.

She's into A LOT: I'm a huge dog lover, and adore cooking, country music, hiking, anything by the water and Art Museums.

More Team Members
  • Kevin Grace

    Vice President of Sales

    Early Years

    Kevin grew up in Crofton Maryland, and it's safe to say his parents wanted him to experience a devout Catholic education. Kevin attended St. Pius X grade school, Dematha High School and graduated from St. Mary's High School (whether he ever experienced "the ruler" we have no idea). Kevin lettered in football, lacrosse and wresting, then went on to Salisbury University, where he made one of his toughest decisions ever - to put sports on hold to concentrate on earning a business degree.

    What we know about Kevin:

    He's practically the EBS mascot.

    Kevin, a seasoned employee benefits consultant and top producer, has been recognized for his ability to develop new business in a consultative sales process. He also delivers high-quality, cost-effective creative solutions and services that result in many of EBS's many long lasting client relationships. How does Kevin manage all of this? Well, we humbly admit Kevin's extensive employee benefits knowledge includes (but is not limited to) plan designs, cost containment strategies, alternate funding, market trends, ACA compliance, technology decision support analytics, and technology based employee communications, so he juggles with ease and professionalism. He hopes to leverage his extensive charisma in his bid to become the next Oriole Bird mascot.

    Fun Facts

    I was the high school prom king. True.

    I once held the record for the 6 and under backstroke. Crofton Swim and Tennis Club has never been the same.

    I love any outdoor activity. Trail running and mountain biking are my favorites, but toss the coin and I'm in.

    All of the mushy stuff is reserved for my family. To me, spending as much time with my young family as possible is the definition of quality time.

    More Team Members
  • Keara Cleary

    Client Coordinator

    The Early Years: Note to Self

    Keara is quick to catch on. Raised in Annapolis since age 2, she learned her first valuable life lesson in first grade - and it stuck. "My discipline card was flipped from green (good) to yellow (bad) for passing notes," she explains. "That's when I learned how not to get caught." She never got in trouble at school again.

    Her quick reflexes and stealthy athleticism also paid off playing a little lacrosse and soccer year-round. While in high school at St. Mary's, she played volleyball. She also "did a lot of theater - always behind the scenes." Chop, chop, and Keara was off to East Carolina University, where she continued to play soccer, softball, and party- all recreationally. She also earned a greenbelt in Isshinryu karate (watch your step!) - all while graduating in three years with a BS in Communications.

    What We Know About Keara: Behind the Talent

    Keara's original plan was to work in video production, and she worked as summer intern in the Talent Casting and Voice Over department at Discovery Communications. "It was an amazing opportunity, but after experiencing the corporate world of TV and video production, I realized that it wasn't for me," she says. "Although I enjoy volunteering on smaller local films in my free time." Frankly, we find the fact that Keara has any free time amazing. While working with EBS full-time, she also works part-time as a licensed realtor.

    Fun Facts

    Bright Lights. I have a credit on IMDB, the film site. Probably the smallest profiles on that site, but it still counts.

    Dive Deep. I have my scuba certification and try to go diving at least once a year. My bucket list includes diving with sharks, but finding a dive buddy to go with me isn't easy!

    "Spare" Time. I took a bowling class in college. I'm pretty sure I only passed because the teacher felt bad, so please don't ask me to join your bowling league.

    Google It. Google my name. I'm either the most famous Keara Cleary or the only one.

    More Team Members
  • Lauren Burk

    Client Coordinator

    Early Years: Girl Next Door

    Lauren lived in the same house in a small town outside of Baltimore since birth. "It's the type of town where everyone knows everyone." Lauren went on to don the Catonsville High Comets uniform, playing lacrosse her freshman and sophomore years and field hockey all 4 years. At Salisbury University, Lauren juggled a major in psychology, intramural field hockey and softball, and a whole lot of (a-hem!) "study time" at her family's nearby Ocean City condo. However, our Lauren is not one to build sandcastles in the air. To prepare for the global stage, she studied in Edinburgh, Scotland during her last college semester. "It's the coolest city ever!" She also studied in Barcelona, Spain while in grad school.

    What we know about Lauren: Industrial Strength

    Undergraduate degree in hand, Lauren set her sights even higher. "The best decision I ever made was to pursue a Master of Science degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Baltimore," she explains. She received a fellowship with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at UB and worked there part-time while a full-time student. "It was exhausting, challenging, and worth it," she notes. "I see such potential between employee benefits and IO psychology here at EBS."

    Fun Facts

    The Travel Continues: I've traveled to 6 countries and in 2016 went to Banff National Park in Canada and Glacier National Park in Montana. They were the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

    Sing It Loud: I used to write my own songs and sing them at coffee houses...that was my chance to become famous!

    The Fire Within: I Love camping! We had a huge family/friend camping trip every year for 16 years but stopped due to a change in the drinking law in Maryland State Parks. This year, we're toting our coolers to West Virginia!

    New Wave: The guys in my family are all surfers and so was I when I was younger. I stopped after an accident 4 years ago. But at least I caught the wave!

    More Team Members
  • Jennifer O'Leary

    Director of Client Care

    Early Years

    Jennifer grew up in Towson and attended Notre Dame Prep, where she was quite the sport. In fact, "JO" played 3 sports, was Gym Meet Manager, and voted "most athletic" for 4 years. As the oldest child and the only girl, she could hold her own (and still can). She had also had a passion for art and wanted to go to Maryland Institute College of Art, but landed at University of Maryland, College Park.

    What we know about Jennifer:

    She's a smooth Operator

    Jennifer recently celebrated her ninth year at EBS and has 12 years' experience in the industry. As our Director of Client Care, she is here to make your life easier. Jennifer manages and trains our internal Client Care Specialists to ensure impeccable service. This includes (but you can bet is not limited to) daily communication with our clients' HR Directors, HR Generalists, and C-Suite executives, as well as their employee population. She also serves as a liaison for our clients with TPA's, Carriers, Vendors, and HR Consulting Firms, trouble shooting any issues associated with employee benefits and handles enrollments, plan implementations, claims issues, appeals to MIA. She works closely with our in house consultants on managing our key accounts.

    What you don't know about Jennifer

    Personal Interests: Sports, Cooking, Hiking, Anything by the water, Art Museums

    Fun Facts

    Her daughters call her "Coach." I coach my daughters in basketball and field hockey. Hup To!

    She's a pistol: I recently began a hunter's education and firearms safety course.

    She's into A LOT: I'm a huge dog lover, and adore cooking, country music, hiking, anything by the water and Art Museums.

    More Team Members

As employee benefits brokers, our core competency is to provide you access to medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and other insurance products. We help you navigate employee benefits through automated technologies that streamline and automate the process, such as integrated payroll, enrollment platforms, benefits administration, and Human Resource Information Systems. We keep you out of the penalty zone by advising you and providing solutions to meet your ERISA and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements, including reporting and distributing notices. We protect your bottom line by providing financially-focused and strategic planning, cost containment strategies, and risk management. We back all of this up with incredible customer service that is with you every step of the way. We are Employee Benefit Services. We are easier, better, smarter.