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There’s Always Time to Give Back

Have you ever had one of those weeks? You know what I mean – you have to get the kids to another extracurricular activity, there are 100 emails to answer, you are supposed to find some time to exercise, Houston traffic is, well Houston traffic, and then a large project lands in your lap at work?

It seems like busy weeks like these are becoming more frequent. Technology keeps us connected, more is asked of us each year, and for us parents, our most important job is raising children in a world that seems to be getting crazier each day.

We Are All Busy

I get it – we are all busy, and it seems like any additional work is too much to handle. This can be especially true if your industry is constantly evolving. At Benefit Concepts, Inc. (BCI), of which I am President, we specialize in Employee Benefits. It feels as though every week brings a new legislative alert, law, or compliance requirement that we must know in order to serve our clients.

Our industry changes regularly and, at times, weeks blend together with an array of meetings, keeping up with the new laws, and ensuring our team has all the tools they need to perform at a high level of excellence. Then tragedy hits and everything is put into perspective.

Hurricane Harvey was one of those events that made us all pause. In the span of just a few days, I went from thinking about optimizing BCI to making sure all of our employees, Strategic Partners, and clients were safe. Text messages and phone calls were sent, and we forgot about business for a few days as safety became the number one concern.

The aftermath showed the resolve of Houston, and I doubt any other city would have come together like we did. Team BCI went out and gutted houses, cleaned up, and helped others in a way that made me extremely proud to be part of a group who values people over profits.

Still, Mark Kennedy, our CEO, wanted to do more. He brought together trusted colleagues and advisors to figure out what else could be done. After thinking through different scenarios, we decided to start the Team BCI Charitable Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to raise and provide financial aid for employees, clients, partners, and the broader Houston community to bring hope to those in times of unforeseen hardship.

In our first year, we raised nearly $45,000 and helped 8 households who were devastated by Harvey. It was a sobering time that made us stop our daily busyness and focus on the things that matter most – people.

Setting Aside Time

It’s been more than 6 months since Harvey, and while most of Houston has moved on, there are still many people who have not been able to move back into their homes.

When you take some time to really think, it’s incredible how one event changed so much for thousands of individuals, families, and businesses. When you think deeper, your realize tragedies, while not on the scale of Harvey, occur daily. People fall ill, cars break down, and disasters, both small and large, eventually hit us all.

That is why it’s of the utmost importance to take time and give back. We must push back against our crazy schedules and deliberately focus on things bigger than us. I am proud of our employees at BCI as they have done exactly that with the Team BCI Charitable Relief Fund Inaugural Golf Classic being held on April 12th, 2018.

Funds raised from the Golf Classic will go directly toward those in Houston who face unforeseen hardship, all while offering a time of fun and fellowship for our employees, Strategic Partners, and others.

Though they are aware they will not be making extra money for this, BCI employees are volunteering to host the event and are finding time throughout their work week to reach out to sponsors, find raffle items, and do everything else it takes to ensure the success of this event.

They are taking time to give back, and we can’t wait to see how all of the hard work pays off and how many lives are improved through the Inaugural Golf Classic.

We still have plenty of room for sponsors and individual players; details are as follows:

  • April 12th, 2018
  • Black Horse Golf Club - 12205 Fry Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
  • Registration & Lunch: 11:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Shotgun/4-Person Scramble: 1:00 pm
  • Dinner: 5:30 pm

This event includes a putting contest, closest to the pin contest, and raffle prizes.

Learn more and sign up for the tournament at

We hope you can take some time out of your crazy schedule to attend an event that will be both a time of fun and a way to give back to our community.

Kerstin Kornblum