Baker graduate named 2012 Broker of the Year

Ten years after graduating from Baker University, Brandon Scarborough has been named the 2012 Broker of the Year.

Scarborough, a worksite benefits consultant for PowerGroup in Overland Park, was recognized earlier this month at the Eighth Annual Benefits Selling Expo in San Antonio. The honor from Benefits Selling magazine is one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, identifying brokers and consultants who have influenced the benefits industry in a positive way.

“It was a special honor since the voting came from peers and executives with several insurance companies in the industry,” said Scarborough, a 2002 Baker graduate who majored in business management and minored in mathematics.

Two years after graduating from Baker, Scarborough started Benefit Design Group, which focused on providing voluntary benefits to low-wage workers employed by nursing homes. In late 2007 he was approached by Power Group to merge the companies. Three years later Scarborough started PowerEnroll at Power Group Cos. in Overland Park.

“Getting people to call and enroll in their benefits is an extreme challenge,” said Scarborough, a Leawood resident. “You need buy-in from the employers, and you have to have strong communication so that the employees understand what is being offered. It’s your job as a broker to make sure those conditions are right.”

At Baker, Scarborough was a member of the basketball team and coached youth baseball in Baldwin City. He valued his experiences inside and outside the classroom.

“I owe everything to Baker,” he said. “When you are going to classes, you don’t realize how many real-world lessons you are learning from the professors. I still apply what I learned at Baker to my business. It has been a huge part of my career.”

Scarborough knew when he arrived at Baker in the late 1990s that he wanted a career in business.

“I have always been intrigued by success in business,” he said. “I like watching businesses grow. I was lucky enough to be able to start a company at a fairly young age and have always been kind of a risk taker. It wasn’t easy at the beginning, but it has worked.”

After his college basketball coach, Rick Weaver, retired after the 2009-2010 season, Scarborough created a scholarship in honor of the longtime Baker coach. Scarborough was on the court at the Collins Center when the scholarship was announced.

“He was a big part of me developing as a person,” Scarborough said of Weaver. “He taught me a lot about life. I am still friends with everyone who was on our team.”

Scarborough recently joined Baker University’s Board of Trustees. At 32, he is the board’s youngest member.

“It is exciting to learn everything that goes into running a university,” he said. “It’s a tremendous group of people and I am honored to be a part of something so great.”

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