Our company

Our History

Founded in 1972 by Pat McGohan, McGohan Brabender has become a well-established independent benefits broker, serving clients throughout the Midwest. Its rich history in Dayton has provided the foundation to grow over the last 50 years.


Where it all started

After graduating from Bowling Green University, Pat McGohan begins selling life insurance out of his bedroom.


The Beginning

As a young father of three, Pat launches his company with just a phone book, a desk, and a dream.


then there were two

Pat hires Jean Warner as his Executive Assistant, making her MB’s second employee.


the partnership

Tim Brabender, a 1981 University of Dayton graduate, joins Pat McGohan after presenting a six-page typewritten proposal outlining what he would bring to the company.


becoming mcgohan brabender

A year after Tim partners with Pat, McGohan and Associates becomes McGohan Brabender.


making moves

McGohan Brabender creates the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) to level the playing field for small businesses, giving small employers and sole proprietors the buying power of larger businesses.


new location

MB moves into its new corporate headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, due to explosive growth.


mb continues growing

Sales teams stop working independently, and the company adds the marketing and communication, financial analytical services, compliance, and advocacy departments.


moving into new markets

MB opens the Cincinnati office, naming Erick Schmidt as the Managing Director.


mb continues expanding into new markets

MB opens the Columbus office.


leadership transition

Scott McGohan and Mike Suttman succeed Pat and Tim as CEO and President. Pat and Tim become Co-Chairmen.


big changes in legislation

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes into effect.


MB reacts to ACA

MB assembles a team to tackle the complexities of the new legislation and constructs an Immersion Center in their corporate headquarters, going through four remodels.


MB Receives recognition

MB is named the top agency in the country by Business Insurance’s National Best Places to Work.


c2 is created

MB, along with five other independent benefits consulting firms around the US, formalize C2: Collaborative Centric Solutions, with the original companies being: Kistler Tiffany, MHBT, The Partners Group, William Gallagher Associates, and McGohan Brabender.


MB starts focusing on healthy living

The company transitions from a transactional broker to a strategic broker, adding the Empowering Healthier Living (EHL) team. The EHL team is created as a customizable wellness program aimed to help employers incentivize changes in their workforce through small, manageable steps.


segments created

MB forms its segments to help manage different group sizes; 2-50, 51-99, 100+


side affects is born

MB creates its podcast, Side Affects, inviting industry experts to help provoke people to think differently about their benefits, receiving the “New and Noteworthy” recognition from iTunes three times.


new plan options for small employers

MB works to establish Anthem’s Multiple Employment Welfare Association (MEWA) to offer employers alternatives to their health plans through an association plan for small employers of similar sizes.


change in leadership

Kevin Grabeman is named Columbus Market Leader.


expanding out of state

MB takes its first out-of-state foray and opens an office in Indianapolis.


change in leadership

Matt Heiny is named Indianapolis Market Leader.


Becoming an ESOP

2021: In June, McGohan Brabender became an employee-owned company with an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).


Time to celebrate!

MB celebrates 50 years!


Big News!

Beth Ferrin is named President and CFO and Erick Schmidt is named CEO.


new leadership

Tony Malagari is named Cincinnati & Ft. Mitchell Market Leader.


Another new location

MB opens the Fort Mitchell office.


new leadership and growth

Anne Marie Singleton is named Chief Growth Officer, and Dave Homan is named Chief Marketing Officer.


new leadership

Kevin Hopf is named Dayton Market Leader.


expanding again

MB announces plans to add a location in Cleveland!