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  • Experienced Guidance.

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Now you can offer your valuable team members the opportunity to protect themselves and their families with best in class employee benefit coverage at the least cost available. If you’re going to be competitive, it just makes sense to attract, retain and engage your best asset, your people. We'd love to help you provide that peace of mind for you and your team.


We are employee benefit advisors who love small business and are committed to serving our clients by delivering a world class benefit program to their team members year after year.


We work alongside an employer to design, support and communicate the value of their employee benefit program. Oftentimes, we partner with the Human Resource team and help shape the perception employees have of their employer. As a result, your company is more attractive in a competitive marketplace.


To help growing companies help their valued employees understand and appreciate their benefit package and be covered for all the stuff their health insurance doesn’t cover today.


In today’s turbulent & often confusing healthcare reform and Affordable Care Act landscape, we guide employers and teach employees how all this “stuff” works. Bottom line, we provide an outside set of eyes and guide you through our area of expertise.


WILLIEP-headshot 11President and Founder Willie Pinkston started in the insurance industry in 2009 and founded Podium Benefits in 2012. He enjoys this industry because of the opportunities to serve people and help make a complex topic simple. “Our clients have serious challenges right now, and our job is to help make sense of their options. To speak simple English and take the brain damage out of offering employee benefits.”

Willie has a degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Gig ‘Em Aggies!! He is married to his wonderful wife Mandy and they have two young children to keep him busy at home. They live in Northwest Denver’s historic Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. The Pinkstons love spending time in the outdoors and are involved with their church, community, charities and several business organizations.

Our firm takes pride in the relationships we’ve formed with our clients & industry partners. We appreciate the opportunity to be “in the trenches” and serve our clients with a high-touch boutique approach.


Are free of charge to our clients. As an independent brokerage appointed with multiple insurance carriers, our loyalty and fiduciary responsibility is to serve our clients first.



The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to as the ACA, is affecting everything. Politics aside, most companies are still scrambling to determine its implications on their respective businesses. As trusted advisors, we’re on top of the intricacies and options under this complex law. There’s new requirements, regulations, and rate changes just to name a few on our radar. It's the law of the land, we're your ally to “fight the good fight” and make sure you’re well positioned and as informed as you can handle regarding all that is “Healthcare Reform.”


Where’s the highest return on investment? How do you balance your business needs with the needs of your employees? Today, there's not a one size fits all benefit solution. With all the options, we deliver relevant insight and experienced guidance in group health plans, ancillary coverage, and family health insurance. Our practice is ready to help you with plan design, implementation, communication and ongoing administrative support. It’s more than just health insurance. It’s about protecting priorities. Are you working with a trusted consultant or just a salesperson?


You're no stranger to the ever rising costs of healthcare, and certainly familiar making tough company budget decisions. For your employees, their benefits are as important as ever and they're looking for relevant options to help fill in financial gaps and meet their specific needs. Voluntary benefits, when communicated and enrolled the right way, help bridge the needs of employers and employees. Employees appreciate their benefits, they're more engaged, and are more prepared for the financial burden of a serious illness, unexpected death or accident. Increasingly, employers enable benefits rather than provide them. Let us help you design a Voluntary Benefit program that is attractive and meaningful to your team.


A Win/Win for Employers & Employees.

Did you know?

According to a recent Harvard study, 60% of all U.S. bankruptcies are from medical bills. 77% had health insurance.


71 of Americans live paycheck to paycheck
(American Payroll Association, 'Getting Paid in America' 2008)
70 of workers in the private sector have NO disability protection
(Social Security Administration, Fact Sheet. 2007)
50 of mortgage foreclosures are caused by a disability to the primary wage earner
(Policy Journal of the Health Sphere)


Industry knowledge and experience with the top rated carriers


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  • Our relationship with Willie Pinkston and Podium Benefits has been instrumental in helping my company and my employees find solid and affordable health insurance options. As a small employer, we have struggled with the increase in premiums and reduced coverage options over the last few years. With Willie’s help, we found options that work for the company financially while also providing good choices for the employees, their families and my own family. Willie worked to understand what was needed and provided multiple recommendations that were in line with what we needed. He also has continued to be available to assist after our enrollment and has helped us understand the effects of the Affordable Care Act so we can plan effectively going forward. In short, Willie and his support team have been excellent in helping us find solutions that work for the company and for our employees.

    Bob Gedrose. Owner/President, TEC Integration Denver, CO

  • Voluntary Benefits are outstanding. As a small business owner with less than 20 employees, we thought any kind of benefits were out of the question. Fortunately, you helped us offer our employees some important benefits that both fit our budget and our desire to support our team. We appreciate all the time you took to educate everyone in the company. The process was simple, straight-forward and exciting. We are grateful for all you have done to help our employees feel protected, but also feel valued. Thank you!!!

    Angela Cody-Rouget. Founder/Owner, Major Mom Phoenix, AZ

  • All of our options were simplified and you let us make the decision that was right for our company. There wasn't any pressure to purchase additional coverage that we didn't feel we needed. We look forward to a long-term relationship.

    Julie Manning. Director of Human Resources, Shackleton Group Lakewood, CO

  • When I decided to begin my own company, I found that I knew little to nothing about finding, comparing or procuring employee benefits. When I called Podium Benefits I was connected with an individual that knew his business, but had my best interests in mind. He explained to me what I should look for, what coverage I needed or didn't need and help me find good plans at a reasonable price. I am extremely satisfied with the service provided by Podium Benefits. As my company grows I look forward to a long relationship with them.

    Ray Olson. Owner, Distribution System Resources Littleton, CO


A meaningful, world-class benefit package isn't something your team members might want in a couple of years - it's what they expect today. Give us a call and let's co-create a winning benefit strategy with you.

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Denver CO 80202
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