Jim Hopkins founded Corporate Plans, Inc. (CPI-HR) in 1998 and has built it into one of the larger employee benefits firms in Ohio. Jim is the President of CPI-HR and under his direction CPI-HR has expanded to offer Payroll/HR, Benefit Administration and HR services to clients not only in Ohio but throughout the U.S. CPI-HR has grown significantly under his leadership and has been awarded the prestigious Best Places to Work by for the past several years. Jim is also a founding member and President of Benefit Advisors Network (BAN), the premier national, credentialed network of independent benefit advisory and consulting companies. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jim graduated from University School and earned a BSBA in Finance from John Carroll University in 1985. Immediately after college he entered the insurance business with Guardian Life, and then grew a benefits practice within a small property and casualty company. He founded Corporate Plans Inc. in 1998, Benefit Advisors Network in 2002, Corporate Payroll, Inc. in 2004, the National Benefit Center in 2011 and was instrumental in the formation of Alera in 2016.