Granite Group Benefits

    About Us

    Our Firm

    Founded in 1992 by K. Brian McLaughlin, Granite Group is a full-service employee benefits and risk management consulting firm. Our mission is to exceed our clients’ and their employees’ expectations as they relate to our commitment to outstanding service, innovation, ethics, and expertise. We are a customer focused company that brings personal and exceptional service to our valued clients on a consistent basis through our dedicated approach.

    Our People

    Built around the premise of teamwork, Granite Group employees’ broad and varied skillsets can better serve our clients unique needs. Our experienced staff will deliver tailored benefits solutions based on a structured consulting process. Our team will assess your benefits needs, survey the marketplace, set goals, provide thorough risk assessment and competitive pricing, and introduce the tools and technology to deliver the best benefit options for you and your employees. In 2023, our Manchester, NH office welcomed former Landmark Benefits employees from the Windham, NH location.

    Our Presence

    Developed over 30 years, GGB remains focused on our client community, and supports their business and social needs across New England. Our employees live and serve in the neighborhoods they grew up in, providing our clients with a valuable resource that understands the local needs of the community. As an Alera Group firm, our clients also benefit from the expertise and resources of a large national firm, while still maintaining the advantages of local service and relationships.
     

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    Meet Our Team

    K. Brian McLaughlin

    Managing Partner
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    (603) 296-0700 ext. 5267
     

    In 1988, Brian received a BS degree in Economics and Finance from Southern New Hampshire University. After working for John Hancock Financial Services, Mass Mutual and Benefit Strategies, Inc., he founded Granite Group Benefits in 1992. He has been involved in the employee benefit industry for more than 25 years. He is a licensed producer and employee benefits broker in the State of New Hampshire and many other states.

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    James Scammon

    Executive Vice President
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    (603) 296-0700 ext. 5268
     

    Jim has been in group benefits since 1986 and has a broad range of experience. He came to Granite Group Benefits from CIGNA HealthCare of New Hampshire where he was Sales Manager for all lines of group coverage for six years. Prior to CIGNA, Jim spent four years as a benefits consultant for Towers Perrin in New York City, working with large employers such as AT&T, NYNEX, and MacMillan/McGraw-Hill. He began his career as an Account Executive for The Travelers in New York. Jim has a Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and earned his MBA at the Stern School of New York University.

     

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    Trygve Halverson

    Vice President
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    (603) 296-0700 ext. 5263
     

    Trygve joined Granite Group Benefits as Vice President in 2011 with a 20-year background in the insurance industry. In his current role, Trygve is responsible for growth and retention of new business along with the development and management of our client’s communication and education programs.

    He works with businesses to deliver not just a fiscally responsible benefit offering, but an ongoing communication and education plan that ensures those benefits are effectively delivered, received understood and valued by the employees and their families.

    Trygve resides in Bedford, NH with his wife of 33 years and their two boys, has a sincere passion for motorcycles, and exercises that passion for motorcycle adventures through his club, the HMS Vikings.

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    Brenna Hansen

    Director of IT & Communications
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    (603) 296-0700 ext. 5266
     

    The GGB team welcomed Brenna in 2003 as the IT/Communications Manager. She came to Granite Group after working at a local insurance agency for eight years as a Marketing and IT professional. Brenna has been working in the insurance industry for over 25 years and is a licensed Life, Accident & Health Producer in the State of New Hampshire. She is also a NAHU Certified PPACA Professional and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

    At Granite Group, Brenna manages systems and communications, oversees the Employee Benefit Lounge (EBL℠) platform, and optimizes electronic documentation and communication policies and procedures. She works closely with clients to tailor Granite Group's solutions to meet their technological needs. With her significant experience as a graphic designer, Brenna enjoys delivering professional, custom branded solutions to clients. At Alera, she leads the Communications Impact Group which brings together thought leaders from across the nation to develop advanced strategies, ideas and solutions.

    Brenna was educated in the arts at Northeastern University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Southern New Hampshire University. She is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) as well as a Notary Public. She has volunteered with Girl Scouts of the Green & White Mountains, The Greater Manchester Chapter of the American Red Cross and The Caregivers, Inc. of Manchester.

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    Our Community

    We believe in being contributing members of the communities we serve. GGB employees, through business-sponsored and personal endeavors, volunteer their time mentoring, fundraising, and supporting multiple organizations in our local community to include:

    Veterans Count, American Red Cross of Greater Manchester, Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, CareGivers, Cystic Fibrosis – Northern NE Chapter, Girl Scouts of the Green & White Mountains, Granite United Way, Greater Lakes Region Making Strides, Henniker Food Pantry, Manchester Area Human Resources Association, Meals on Wheels of Hillsborough County, New England Parkinson's Ride, and UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

    Our culture rewards teamwork. Whether we are working for you, or helping in our communities, we do it together.

    Eugene Van Loan Leadership Award

    2021 Easter Seals NH Celebration Breakfast Granite Group Benefits congratulates Managing Partner Brian McLaughlin, this year’s Eugene Van Loan Leadership Award recipient at Easterseals. 

    We are so proud of your service and all of the great work you continue to do in the community.

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    “We Take Care of the People Who Took Care of Us”

    The Meals on Wheels cause runs deep in the Scammon family. He recalled that when talking to his parents after first joining the board, he learned his grandmother had been a driver for Meals on Wheels. 

    “This cause is so important-we are literally helping people in need be able to live safely at home. These are the teachers, police officers, fire fighters, coaches-all people who played a key role in the community.”

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    The Meals on Wheels CRAZE! Event is coming up!

    Saturday, October 30th, 5:00-7:00pm, Trombly Gardens, Milford, NH. This is our new outdoor fall event which is fun for all ages! 

    There will be a corn maze, costume contest, bonfire, hot dogs/ s’mores roast, pumpkin cornhole, and more! Cool CRAZE t-shirts available for $10. 

    Visit https://www.hcmow.org/craze to purchase your tickets and t-shirts!

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    GGB supports the Meals on Wheels Jam Fest!

    Saturday, September 25th, 11:30 AM- 9:00 PM, Sherman’s Pit Stop, Wilton, NH. 

    All of the musicians’ tip proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels of Hillsborough County!

    Visit: https://www.hcmow.org/jam-fest for more info and a concert schedule.

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    Cheering by Chairing for our Community

    Our very own Kim Socha is helping to chair the 8th Annual Farnum Spirit of Hope event taking place May 12th. 

    Friends and supporters gather annually at the Spirit of Hope Event, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, to celebrate the victories of recovery made possible through Farnum Services. 

    The event raises awareness about substance use treatment services and invites members of the community to join in changing the conversation around addiction from stigma to support, from problems to solutions. 

    Learn more about the event!

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    Champions Among Us!

    Senator Lou D’Allesandro, a longtime supporter of senior services in NH, stopped by the Carpenter Center in Manchester to assist with the distribution of “Grab ‘n’ Go” meals from Meals on Wheels of Hillsborough County.  

    Jim Scammon, current board chair of MOWHC, met with the Senator to thank him for his participation and many years of support.

    Jim Scammon and Senator Lou D’Allesandro

    GGB is Making Strides

    Granite Group Benefits' Jeanette Chasse and her team Carole Strong at the 27th Annual Greater Lakes Region Making Strides walk yesterday at Opechee Park in Laconia!

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    GGB Steps UP!

    Great time last night supporting SJCS Meals on Wheels and their Step UP! 5k.

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    We Support Veteran’s Count

    The 5th Annual “Make 12 Hours Count” Radio Thon is this Wednesday, March 20th. 

    Tune in to News Radio 96.7 and WGIR AM 610 – Don’t forget about the online auction happening NOW — text VETSAUCTION to 51555 to bid on the items (the auction is open to everyone)!

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    EXPERT EDUCATION

    Events and Webinars

    Employee Benefits

    Q1 Compliance Update

    Alera Group's quarterly employee benefits compliance roundup will help you stay current on the latest national regulatory developments impacting employers.

    March 5, 2024 at 01:00 pm CT | Virtual

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    How Voluntary Benefits Inspire Employee Loyalty

    Presenters will show you how to use these benefits to meet the needs of both your business and employees, driving retention and saving money. 

    March 21, 2024 at 01:00 pm CT | Virtual

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    HIPAA Privacy and Security Overview

    Join our compliance experts for an overview of HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules.

    April 2, 2024 at 01:00 pm CT | Virtual

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    Granite Group Benefits is the Gold Standard for full service in Benefits. They are innovative and are always striving to offer more to their clients. When we wanted to offer wellness programs to our employees, Granite Group had programs to offer and suggestions on how to improve what we were offering. Granite Group Benefits is genuine and caring in the service they deliver.
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    Dawn Barker VP of Human Resources Riverwoods at Exeter

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    Breas Medical partnered with Granite Group Benefits in 2020. Our GGB team has provided outstanding support this past year. They are extremely knowledgeable and provide the necessary guidance so that Breas can make the best informed decisions regarding our benefit practices. Granite Group has also done an amazing job from a compliance perspective. They continuously send legal updates as regulations change especially in this world of COVID. I would highly recommend any company to engage with Granite Group if you are looking for outstanding customer service. Thank you for making our jobs easier on a daily basis!
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    Patricia Clark Human Resources Director Breas Medical

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    What sets Granite Group apart is their responsiveness and focus on customer service. They are always prepared to jump in and help us find a solution that works for the organization and our employees.
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    Tina M. Sharby Senior Vice President Human Resources Easter Seals NH, VT, NY, ME, RI and Harbor Schools

    THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

    Insights

    Employee Benefits

    Webinar: Weight-Loss Drugs and Group Health Plans | Alera Group

    Rising pharmacy costs are among the chief drivers of healthcare expenses for employers and employees, thanks largely to a surge in use of drugs you’ve seen advertised in those ubiquitous commercials. Given the cost of such drugs and their mixed record of success, employers and employees should exercise caution.

    February 6, 2024

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    Employee Benefits

    Employers, Employees and Job-Flexibility Tradeoffs

    Faced with one of contemporary business’s most prominent dilemmas – allow work from home or insist on return to work? – employers and employees alike must come to terms with an axiom: Life is a series of tradeoffs. Join us on Thursday, January 18, for "The Value of Flexible Work: Alera Group’s Tradeoff Study."

    January 11, 2024

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    A Cautionary Tale: Self-Funded Plan Administrators Must Meaningfully and Effectively Communicate With Plan Participants and Their Providers on Appeal

    This alert is of interest to employers who sponsor self-funded health plans.

    January 9, 2024

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    Legal Alert: Agencies Provide Updated County Data for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services and Guidance

    On November 28, 2023, the Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Health and Human Services (HHS), collectively known as the Tri-Agencies, issued Part 63 of their FAQ series regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

    December 18, 2023

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