Meet Our Team
Exceptional people make exceptional companies. Get to know our staff. The people who strive to give you the hands on, personalized approach our clients have come to expect. Click the pictures below to learn more about our awesome staff!
Executive / Leadership / Advisory
Leader, Innovator, Golf Nut. These are the words that best describe Kris Powell, CEO of HRPro/BenePro (but not necessarily in that order!). Kris founded BenePro and AdminPro in 1990, sensing an ever-growing need on the part of employers to take better care of their employees in an economical manner. Realizing that need was evolving and changing, he changed the name of AdminPro to HRPro in 2012 to recognize the company’s growing practice in human resources consulting and services.
Kris is driven by the desire to help employers take better care of their employees. As a believer in “practice what your preach” he has also built HRPro/BenePro into a great place to work that has won numerous awards, including being in the top 10 “Crain’s Coolest Places to Work” in Michigan for the last two years.
A native Detroiter and graduate of Oakland University, Kris has been involved in many community activities. These include serving on the boards of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, The MedHealth Foundation, Red Run Golf Club, Notre Dame Prep, United Benefit Advisors and currently, Automation Alley. He lives in Troy with his wife, 2 cats and a dog.
And yes, he plays a lot of golf!!
Executive Vice President
With over a decade of experience in managing corporate benefits plans in the Mid-Market segment, John offers a unique blend of leadership, vision and knowledge. He is currently Benepro’s Executive Vice President of Employee Benefits. John has a proven track record of being able to solve complex benefit issues and identify cost saving solutions for his clients. John is a competent team leader and prides himself on putting his client’s needs first.
Before merging with Benepro in 2018, John ran his own very successful Agency which doubled its revenue in 5 years. John holds a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University and is an active member of the Wayne State Alumni Association. John is a board member at the Annunciation Cathedral Greek Orthodox Church and also is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Woodward Business Group.
Executive Vice President
Teresa brings over 20 years’ experience to the Pro Team and has been with the organization since 1990. She began as Director of Operations for HRPro, and later joined HRPro in 2005 as Executive Vice President of Operations. Teresa graduated from the prestigious Walsh College of Business and Accountancy with a Bachelors of Business Administration, Finance in 1997. Teresa is responsible for the general oversight of most operational activities of the company. She is pivotal in building strong client relationships and a strategic partner in the development of revenue generating projects and campaigns. Teresa’s greatest asset as Executive Vice President of Operations is her uncanny ability to close the gap between management and staff, being a pivotal driving force in solidifying a strong company culture and gaining respect and admiration of the staff by maintaining a friendly, open door policy that fosters a healthy, collaborative workplace.
Teresa resides in Clarkston, Michigan with her husband and three children. Teresa is not only a soccer mom, she is also a hockey, football and baseball mom and works hard juggling her time between different sports fields. In what little spare time she has, Teresa enjoys spending time with family and working out. She can be typically be found starting her day at a gym or attending boot camp.
Vice President of Account Management
Erin is BenePro’s Vice President of Account Management. She is responsible for overseeing the day to day functions of the Employee Benefits department and serves as Account Manager for BenePro’s premier clients. She handles service and claim issues for these clients and their employees, assists in preparing and negotiating renewals, presents market trends and claims analysis, prepares communication materials and conducts open enrollment meetings. Erin joined BenePro in January of 2008 in a marketing roll, moved into an Account Manager position and was most recently promoted to Vice President of Account Management. Erin has 15 years of experience working in the employee benefits industry, is licensed in life and health and is NAHU PPACA Certified. She received her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. Go, Fire Up Chips!
When not working, Erin can be found spending time with her husband and two children. She enjoys reading, party planning and trying out new recipes with the hopes that one day her children will actually appreciate and enjoy her cooking.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Jennifer joins HRPro with a strong background in sales, sales support, marketing and graphic art. With 10+ years of experience working as Sales Coordinator/Manager functioning as liaison between sales and administrative support, along with a degree in graphic art, she brings a unique edge to the position that incorporates both logic and creativity. As Director of Sales and Marketing, Jennifer is responsible for developing company branding, contributing to event marketing, creating marketing campaigns, marketing materials, website maintenance and marketing support for our national sales team.
Along with her marketing responsibilities, Jennifer recently became certified as a licensed Health and Life resident producer and is now working as part of the local sales team to share BenePro’s consultative approach to employee benefits and help maximize company revenue.
Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, one who is in the Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Illinois and the other who is working as a PA in emergency medicine at Henry Ford Hospital. A self‐proclaimed culinary genius, she can often be found creating and preparing exciting new recipes. When not tirelessly working on home improvement projects, she can sometimes be found playing live trivia with her husband (taking first place on our league the last 3 seasons!) or working on their blog entitled “Jomar’s Brews and Chews” that reviews local restaurants and craft beers. On occasion, you may even be able to find her belting out her favorite song at Karaoke.
Account Management / Administration
Assistant Director of Account Management
Renee is BenePro’s Assistant Director of Account Management. In her role, she helps design employee benefit packages for both clients and prospective clients on top of creating and presenting benefit financial presentations to her clients. She tracks market/industry changes within the healthcare industry and the Affordable Care Act. Because she’s such a strong problem solver, she dedicates herself to strengthening customer relationships on a daily basis with whatever pops up. Renee holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University. Ever since she can remember, she has loved volunteering and does so at her son’s school, her church, and in her local community. Renee enjoys spending time with family, listening to country music, creating a Greener lifestyle for her household, and watching a Golden Girls rerun episode every now and then. You know, for a good laugh.
Jessica is a Benefit Account Manager at Benepro, where she is responsible for rate quotes, proposal preparation, eligibility and client facing communication materials. Previously, she worked at HRPro in the COBRA department, processing COBRA Notices and assisting in the onboarding of new clients. After graduating from Michigan State University, Jessica worked as an Account Manager for a contract security company and later as a Human Resources Manager for a contract food services and facilities management company. She is interested in continuing a career in human resources and benefits administration, so BenePro is the perfect home for her. Jessica is a Spartan fan, likes to create new recipes, takes road trips whenever possible, sings like an angel in the shower and won’t shy away from a tempting Netflix binge. She is pretty easy going and when the going gets rough, she knows “this too, shall pass.”
Katie is a Benefit Analyst here at BenePro. Her main duties include providing rate quotes, proposal preparation, enrollment and eligibility, and client facing communication materials. Prior to coming to BenePro, she had experience working at an agency as well as at a TPA.
Katie is a graduate of The University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelors in Health Care Administration. She enjoys traveling, golfing, and cooking. In the summer you can find her out on the court playing volleyball or out on the boat with her friends and family.
Steph joined HRPro in 2019 as a Sales and Marketing Coordinator where she is responsible for communications with sales, account managers, clients and advisors as well as tracking sales, social media and various marketing tasks. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Oakland University where she was also a founding member of her sorority, Tri Sigma. Steph is a big country music fan! In her free time, you can either find her at a concert, travelling (probably to Nashville) or hanging out with her pets.