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 you 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 three 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!!
Shawn D. Spencer, native of Detroit suburbs. Started his career at his family insurance agency, which he purchased from his father. He was able to grow and then sell his family agency a few years after acquiring the family business. Shawn then went on the create a cost reduction consulting practice that he was able to sell to another insurance agency. He then turned his entrepreneurial skill set to the home health industry by helping to fund and set up a home health agency benefiting a local senior living community. After a successful start up Shawn started a consulting practice that focused on the strategic and operational needs of businesses ranging from $2 to $50 million in annual revenues. As a result of Shawn’s strategic, operational skill set and experience he was recruited to turnaround businesses from food manufacturing, heavy civil construction and a construction trades business.
Shawn has recently been named the President of BenePro, Inc. in Royal Oak Michigan. He lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan with his wife Donna of 27 years and his 4 children, Josh, Andrew, Grace and Abigail. He is an avid reader, golfer, snowboarder and extreme sports enthusiast.
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.
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 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 supporting 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 currently lives in Florida and works as a Veterinarian in a small animal emergency clinic and the other who is working as a PA in emergency medicine at Ascentis Hospital, married and now has a brand new baby, so Jennifer is enjoying Grandma life to the fullest! 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
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.
Brianna Kilburn is an Account Manager with over 10 years benefit experience on the carrier, broker, and employer side. She has 2 amazing daughters, one four-legged son and is lucky enough to be married to her best friend. When not at work, she can be found spending time with her family, going on adventures with her girlfriends and embarrassing her kids with her epically bad dad jokes and equally terrible dancing skills.
Executive Sales Assistant
Chelsea is new to the HRPro/BenePro team. She has a Bachelor of Communications and Public Relations from the University of Michigan, 11 years of retail management experience, and spent the last 4 years working in Education. She is bubbly, energetic, passionate, possesses an exceptionally positive outlook on life, and slapstick sense of humor.
She recently purchased her childhood home, married her college sweetheart, and adopted a corgi puppy they named Merlin. With a love of all things vintage, she renovated her kitchen to be authentically 1950’s – loud, frosty, Westinghouse refrigerator and all! In her spare time, she enjoys eating, camping, hiking, painting, and yoga, but she is happiest spending cozy time with her husband and puppy.