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Employee Benefits

The Employee Benefits Division was created in 1998, serving businesses in need of employer services. We specialize in providing unique value-added solutions to employers and their employees. It is our job to assist our clients in finding carriers that provides the highest quality and affordable coverage for their employee benefits plan. North Star’s team of skilled Employee Benefit Professionals can help you not only establish, but maintain your employee benefit program.

Programs and Services North Star’s Employee Benefits Division offers:

Employer Provided Group Benefits

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Term Life Insurance
  • Universal Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Short Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Long Term Care

Voluntary Products

  • Dental
  • Long Term Disability
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Care
  • Term Life Insurance
  • Universal Life Insurance

Retirement & Savings Strategies1

  • 401(k) and Profit Sharing
  • 403(b)
  • Defined Benefit
  • Non-Qualified
  • Simple IRA
  • SEP
  • Money Purchase
  • 529 College Savings Plans
1Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Securian Financial Services, Inc. and CRI Securities, LLC.

Section (125) / Cafeteria Plans

  • Premium Only
  • Flexible Spending Accounts

COBRA Administration



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Vice President, Employee Benefits Division

Cheryl has been actively involved with employee benefit plans since 1987. She specializes in providing strategies to meet the employee benefit planning needs of corporate clients providing a variety of support services and products including Medical, Dental, Life, Vision, Long-Term and Short-Term Disability, Voluntary and Supplemental Benefit Plans, Flexible Spending Account Administration, and COBRA/HIPAA Administration. Using her years of expertise, Cheryl will work with you to design and manage your employee benefits plan by providing a high level of service and support.


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Tim P. Marks
Employee Benefits Consultant

Tim joined the employee benefits staff in late 1999 as a benefits consultant. Since entering the insurance business in 1985, he has focused his entire career in the employee benefits arena. Working with business clients and providing solutions to administrating their benefit plans is the focus of Tim’s practice.