Lockton Companies – Voluntary Benefits and Communications Solutions

Gary Rixson draws on nearly two decades of experience in business development and human resources to serve as a consultant with Lockton Companies, the world’s largest private insurance broker. As a member of the company’s Benefit Communication Insourcing team ( Lockton BCI), Gary Rixson designs communication strategies aimed at increasing understanding of employee benefits at large organizations.

Offering a variety of services, Lockton strives to help companies add value to their current benefits programs and employee benefit ROI. Unlike benefit enrollment firms, Lockton Benefit Communication Insourcing’s emphasis is on the development of long-term relationships and provides fulltime, onsite assistance for HR. This dedicated model allows HR to pursue more strategic priorities while Lockton BCI focuses on enhancing benefit communications.

Lockton’s emphasis on employee communication and its one-on-one personalized approach helps employees better understand the value of the benefit package dollars expended on their behalf. While an employee self-serve tool can certainly expedite the application requirements, it cannot replace the understanding gained through a personal conversation. Lockton BCI increases its client’s return on investment by maximizing employee appreciation, reducing turnover, and generating an optimal participation level in employer-sponsored benefits.


United Way Promotes Literacy in Kansas City, Missouri

As a member of the Lockton Companies Benefit Communication Insourcing team, Gary Rixson develops strategies to effectively communicate the details of large firms’ employee benefit packages. Outside of the office, the Kansas City professional enjoys cheering on local sports teams such as the Chiefs and the Royals. Gary Rixson also dedicates his free time to a number of charitable organizations, including the United Way.

Nearly 145,000 residents of Kansas City, Missouri are unable to read. United Way of Kansas City aims to reduce this statistic to zero with a multifaceted literacy initiative that comprises a variety of educational programs and services. The organization works to improve youth literacy via its sponsorship of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides free monthly books to children in financially disadvantaged households throughout the greater Kansas City area.

United Way also sponsors Born Learning KC, an interactive online resource aimed at helping parents foster early childhood literacy through enriching daily activities. Additionally, United Way’s educational resource centers provide a safe, nurturing environment to help prepare young children to be successful in school.

With its comprehensive literacy initiative, United Way has aided the literacy development of over 2,500 preschoolers. Its educational services have assisted more than 900 local parents in fostering their children’s reading and writing skills, and have encouraged over 300 students to pursue post-secondary or professional certification programs.