About ESP

Company History

ESPinc, was founded in 1969 by the late Mr. Robert Sanderson. Mr. Sanderson gave over forty years to the insurance business. He was one of the original managers who started the Hartford Offices in Nashville. ESPinc was purchased from Mr. Sanderson in 1988 by Mr. Bob Shupe. Previously, Mr. Shupe worked for the Nationwide Insurance Group for eleven years serving in several capacities including commercial group health and P&C trainer, District Manager and independent agent. ESPinc is now on annual retainer for approximately thirty public entities in Tennessee. In 2014, ESPinc became ESP LLC to accommodate the growth of our firm.

Leadership

Bob Shupe has been in the insurance business since 1978. He has worked for insurance companies, both selling insurance and teaching the product. He has also been in the consulting world since 1988. He is the final set of eyes to see the work ESP LLC produces. Aside from this, Brittany Spradling, Anna Ciezki, and Valerie Shupe all work together on projects, renewals, and bids to make sure all aspects are accounted for. It is hard to outline exact duties as our service is so customizable and all parties involved work closely together. Jeremy Shupe oversees RAI work.

Brittany Spradling was hired at the end of May 2014 to head up the analytics division and to assimilate wellness programs and education for our firm. Brittany has over eight years’ experience as a manager within the data division of one of the leading international drug trial corporations in the world. The addition of her healthcare and drug knowledge combined with her vision will be an irreplaceable asset to our clients.

ESP LLC holds our business to the highest of expectations in education, communication, efficiency, and innovation. We believe these to be paramount in providing excellent customer service. To ensure our clients receive quality service, each client is assigned a designated service representative who is responsible for returning all correspondence quickly.

ESP LLC prides ourselves in maintaining a professional, client-centered firm. We are committed to our clients, not insurance companies or other products, which is why ESP LLC is the largest independent, public entity, “pure” consulting firm in Tennessee. These factors are why we have very long relationships with our existing clients.

Keeping Ahead

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ESP LLC believes education to be paramount for a plan to remain healthy and successful. The education applies to our firm as well. All staff hold an Insurance Producer License from the State of Tennessee. We continue to educate ourselves beyond the legally required continuing education credits to keep our insurance licenses. Mr. Bob Shupe has obtained a Registered Employee Benefit Consultant® designation. As part of his study for the REBC designation, Mr. Shupe has completed a comprehensive study of all aspects of Human Resource activities, regulations and duties. Mr. Jeremy Shupe has completed one of eight sections to obtain a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.

Bob Shupe, Jeremy Shupe, and Brittany Spradling are all members of the Self-Insured Institute of America (SIIA). Mr. Shupe has served on the SIIA benefits committee and is currently serving on the Associations Government Relations Committee. He has also worked with the legislative team reviewing and speaking to federal officials about self-funded matters. Mr. Shupe has also been a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) for thirty years, serving as regional legislative director for the seven southeastern states and establishing a Tennessee chapter. NAHU is the premier consultant/agent, broker/carrier organization in America and has over 20,000 members. Both NAHU and SIIA send daily communications to ESP LLC for review and input. These communications range in topic from the Affordable Care Act to employee health and engagement.

As an added benefit for our clients, ESP LLC provides an online Human Resources tool, HR 360, allowing our clients ongoing and easy access to information on pertinent and current issues affecting your workplace, including forms and processes.

ESP LLC has a labor attorney on retainer for ACA situational compliance matters encountered by our clients. Regarding legal opinions, ESP LLC is not an attorney and does not give legal advice or counsel. We can refer you to an attorney to which we have no financial connection. In addition, your insurer has access to an attorney with employee benefit and labor expertise. ESP LLC’s advice and counsel will only be regarding regulatory matters within the insurance industry. Some large broker/consulting firms may have an attorney on staff. These attorneys are usually generalists. We prefer to identify the need, and then refer to an attorney that specializes in the specific area. This is done with no mark-up. This is one of the areas which causes a large difference in our fee compared to others.