About Us

    Alera Group, formerly Barnes Insurance & Financial Services is a performance based, proactive, benefit firm committed to our client's success. Founded January 1, 2005 as a LLC, BIAFS has offices located at 1582 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504. In August of 2018 we joined Alera Group giving us a vast amount of resources to better serve our clients.

    Our principal lines of business are Health, Dental, Life, Disability, Supplemental Policies, and Financial Services. United HealthCare, MetLife, UNUM, Guardian and ING are just a few of the carriers with whom we write business. BIAFS is a Blue Diamond agency with Florida Blue (highest agency status with Florida Blue). One of the most respected insurance agencies in the panhandle, Barnes Insurance & Financial Services has grown rapidly into a top ten agency with Florida Blue with over 15,000 lives insured.

    As a Florida Blue contracted general agency, we have the ability in certain circumstances to help employees transition their dependents to individual health policies. We are also available to counsel with employees and dependents that no longer meet eligibility requirements to review their specific options and possibly limit their cost and the employer’s COBRA exposure.

    With a combined working experience of over 100 years, BIAFS has 8 accomplished employees with a diverse insurance background that complements our clientele.

    Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. CST and all federally recognized holidays are observed.

    Meet Our Team

    David Nicolette

    Sales Executive
    David Nicolette

    (404) 345-3124

    Graduating from the University of Mississippi with degrees in Risk Management, Insurance, and Managerial Finance, David was inspired to pursue a profession in insurance because he believes this industry is a true difference-maker across all sectors. He appreciates having the ability to play a role in so many different clients’ success, not only in the present but also in the future.

    David is a hard-working, detail-oriented individual and brings a high level of energy to everything he does. Being a younger producer in the insurance industry, David has the luxury of being able to grow alongside clients for many years to come.

    David enjoys spending time with family and friends. He believes relationships are essential, and he takes full advantage of any opportunity he gets to be with those closest to him. David is also interested in health and spending time in the gym, playing tennis and golf.

    Lisa Knichel

    Small Group Service Assistant/ Administrator
    Lisa Knichel

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    Events and Webinars

    Employee Benefits

    2024 Employee Benefits Symposium

    Join us (in person) as we bring together top experts covering key healthcare trends, population health management, pharmacy and more. Enjoy a great breakfast while you gain valuable takeaways for your organization.

    April 16, 2024 at 08:30 am CT | Glenview IL

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    2024 Employee Benefits Symposium

    Employee Benefits

    Finding, Using and Transitioning Out of a PEO

    Your company is small, and limited resources make it difficult to manage a robust benefits program. Time to explore outside support from a professional employer organization (PEO). But where to begin?

    April 18, 2024 at 01:00 pm CT | Virtual

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    April 24, 2024 at 11:00 am CT | Virtual

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    Weekly Market Update

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    April 15, 2024

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    Monthly Market and Economic Update | March 2024

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    April 11, 2024

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    Weekly Market Update

    Stocks dropped last week as investors focused on “what's next” for interest rates after mixed comments from multiple Fed officials.

    April 8, 2024

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    Employee Benefits

    Webinar: The Ins and Outs of PEOs

    Providing employees with a robust benefits program is vital to attracting and retaining staff while growing an organization, but many small and medium-sized businesses lack the resources and time necessary to manage such a program. Professional employer organizations (PEOs) offer a solution. Alera Group's April 15 webinar, "Finding, Using and Transitioning Out of a PEO" will address the basics and help you strategize.

    April 4, 2024

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