Press ReleaseFL trend-Best companies-BKS


TAMPA, FL (July 25, 2014) – When Lowry Baldwin, Elizabeth Krystyn and Laura Sherman started Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS), they wanted to create a place where colleagues enjoyed coming to work and were valued, supported and engaged. They succeeded in creating a vibrant organizational culture, and it’s this environment that has landed BKS a spot among Florida’s best companies to work for.

Created by Florida Trend and Best Companies Group, the program conducts an independent employee survey to measure employee satisfaction and companies’ best practices. For the second year, the colleagues of BKS have cited benefits, communication with leadership, and innovative recognition practices as reasons why the firm should be recognized among its peers.

“Seeing BKS Vitality in action is awesome. We receive continual wellness encouragement, which demonstrates that we don’t just talk to clients about creating a culture of wellness, we live it,” said Brad Tamulski, BKS employee benefits advisor.  “BKS colleagues are engaging, genuine and a delight to work with,” Lauren Levine, a marketing analyst with BKS, said. “Many firms have cold, competitive environments, but working together is what makes BKS, our clients and our colleagues succeed.”

BKS is wholly committed to the success of its stakeholders – its clients, insurance company partners and its colleagues. The firm dedicates a significant amount of resources to colleague training from investing in the latest technologies to creating BKS University, a hub of educational resources and enrichment programs available to all colleagues. In addition to investing and supporting continuous learning, BKS places an emphasis on fun.

“We were recently named as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America,” said Elizabeth Krystyn, Partner at BKS. “With this growth came a big-time office expansion. We wanted to make sure we designed a space that took into account our colleagues’ needs – from creative meeting spaces to several de-stress activities. Every great insurance firm has cornhole boards, right?”

BKS recently received similar honors, being recognized as a 2014 Tampa Bay Business Journal Healthiest Employer, 2014 Tampa Bay Business Journal Best Place to Work, 2014 Tampa Bay Business Journal Fast 50 Company and 2014 Tampa Bay Times TopWorkplace.

About Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners

Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS) is an award-winning independent insurance brokerage firm providing private risk management, commercial risk management, employee benefits, and Vitality™ programs to clients wherever life takes them throughout the U.S. and internationally. One of the largest privately held firms in Florida, BKS takes a holistic and boutique approach to insurance architecture and risk management. The firm builds personalized client relationships and utilizes a proprietary process called RiskMapping™ to examine client lifestyles, passions, professions and business ventures generating a 360° view of their unique risk profile. BKS Holistic Protection™ is custom designed, which provides integrated coverage for all areas of a clients’ life. Headquartered in Tampa, with offices in Naples, Sarasota, Ft. Myers and Tallahassee, BKS is driven to make a difference in their communities, rewarding colleagues’ community involvement and supporting over 40 charitable organizations.


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