Pearl Insurance has been providing quality insurance programs for nearly 60 years and is ranked among the top direct-marketing third-party administrators in the United States. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our insurance solutions, ensuring we stay ahead of the curve as an industry leader with coverage that is responsive to your needs. Pearl Insurance's dedication to serving our clients is our top priority, with 25,000 firms as customers — some we've had relationships with for more than 40 years.
As a leading technology consulting organization, Pearl Technology has more than 25 years experience in presenting customized information technology solutions to businesses in Central Illinois and beyond. Expertise in analysis, design, integration, and optimization has enabled us to secure strong partnerships with clients in the insurance, manufacturing, education, legal, and wholesale/distribution verticals.
Pearl Benefits has been offering a comprehensive portfolio of customized employee benefits programs to Peoria area businesses for over 20 years. With access to multiple plans, carriers, and insurance companies, we offer everything from group medical insurance to 401(k) plans. Pearl Benefits connects organizations with customized programs that align with their special culture and budget. We can meet all your employee benefit needs in just one place.
Driven by the belief of offering only the most reliable vehicles and helping consumers maintain their investments through top-of-the-line parts and service, Pearl Automotive has been providing excellent new and pre-owned automobiles to the Midwest region for more than 35 years. Our dealerships include Autohaus of Peoria (Audi, Benz, Mercedes, Porsche, and Volkswagen), Lexus of Peoria, Peoria Toyota Scion, and Heritage. Our large selection ensures that we have a vehicle for everyone, no matter what you're looking for.
Pearl Carroll & Associates has decades of experience and expertise as an administrator, broker, and consultant of insurance programs for individuals, nonprofit associations, and membership organizations. Our specialty is providing members and employees with the option to purchase personal insurance products at their workplace via payroll deduction.
For nearly 90 years, W. B. Griffin & Son, based in Lexington, Kentucky, has been providing professional liability coverage to attorneys, accountants, engineers, and architects. We use our broker experience, underwriting knowledge, and established relationships with insurance markets to ensure you get the right professional liability solution in place to help protect your career.
Jack has been the driving force and cornerstone of the Pearl Companies since he founded the organization in 1954. He is a graduate of Bradley University, a charter member and past president of the American Institute of Professional Association Group Insurance Administrators (AIPAGIA), a charter member of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA), an active contributor and volunteer for the Children's Miracle Network and Children's Hospital of Illinois, and a significant supporter of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. In addition, Jack has been recognized for his many outstanding achievements through various awards, including the prestigious Master of Mass Marketing award presented annually by the Mass Marketing Insurance Institute (MI2), the Sigma Chi Significant Sig Award, the second-ever recipient of PIMA's Legend award, and was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by their Governor in 2006.
Gary joined Pearl in 1985 and has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Pearl Companies since 1998. Gary provides the Pearl team with a wealth of insurance knowledge and experience, which he developed during his years working in various sales, marketing, and operations divisions both at Pearl and with CIGNA Insurance Company, where he started his career. He remains deeply involved in every aspect of the business and is committed to continuing Pearl's tradition of innovation. Gary was the 2000 President of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA).
Dennis joined the Pearl Companies in 2005 and serves as President and Chief Operating Officer. With a successful background in financial, strategic planning, direct marketing, and mergers and acquisitions, as President/COO, Dennis oversees the execution of strategy and managing the operations of the Pearl Companies. Dennis also directs the financial operations of Pearl Automotive.
As Chief Information Officer and President of Pearl Technology, Mitch is responsible for planning, development, and implementation of the technology, systems, and information service needs of all of Pearl Companies, which includes Pearl Insurance, Pearl Benefits, Pearl Technology, Pearl Carroll and Associates, and Pearl Automotive (Lexus of Peoria, Peoria Toyota-Scion, Heritage Buick-GMC, and Autohaus of Peoria). With over 20 years of information technology experience, Salem has previously worked for several large insurance companies, marketing organizations, and national consulting businesses. He was also the owner and president of a technology- and digital marketing-focused consulting agency. His experience includes extensive exposure to insurance IT programs and processes. His past clients include Unitrin Direct, MetLife, Citizens Insurance, Ford, and Volkswagen.
Gary Hickey began his insurance career in 1978 with The Travelers Insurance Company. Since then he has served in a variety of operational and sales positions focusing on Administration, Account Management, and Sales and Marketing. Beginning in 2005, Gary has had management responsibility for the PCA Life & Health Program business, now serving as its Senior Vice President.
Jack most recently worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of International Cars Ltd, Inc. based in Danvers, MA. International Cars is an employee-owned automotive dealer group consisting of new car franchise locations (Audi, Chevrolet, Honda, Porsche, and Saturn) with more than 250 employees and $150 million in annual revenue. The company was financially struggling when Jack inherited it. In his first year, he was successful in turning the organization around to a profitable enterprise. Jack's career also includes 12 years working for BMW of North America, Inc. His time there included managing 26 retail automotive operations to achieve corporate objectives with regard to retail and wholesale vehicle sales; as well as the service and parts operations, warranty, and customer relation matters. Jack has also worked for MD Johnson, Inc, Asbury Automotive Group, Land Rover North America, Inc, and Chrysler Motors Corporation.
The people of Pearl Companies are committed to working hard, working smart, and working together. This focus has secured us a strong presence in the marketplace today, as well as for years to come. We're looking for ambitious individuals to help us continue to successfully carry this mission forward.