About Us


Ohio Benefits & Insurance Group (OBIG) specializes in meeting the specific insurance needs of businesses and individuals. While other insurance companies may offer similar products, the care we take to understand your business sets us apart.

Our Staff

Jeff Brett

  • Graduated The Ohio State University.
  • 30 years experience as a multi-line agent, providing the best products and service in Health, Life, Auto, Home, and Business.
  • Licensed by State of Ohio, Florida, New York for Life, Accident and Health.
  • Licensed by State of Ohio for Property and Casualty.
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio- Broker Advisory Council.
  • National Association of Health Underwriters- NEOHUA.
  • Member of Society of Human Resource Managers- SHRM.
  • ACA Marketplace Certified.
  • Small Business Health Options “SHOP” Marketplace Certified.
  • Member of Greater Akron Chamber, COSE, and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
  • Member of Professional Insurance Agents 2015, 2016 Association (PIA).
  • Insurance Board of Northern Ohio.
  • Board Member Cascade Locks Park Association.

Jeff Pietrowski

  • Director of Group Sales in the Employee Benefits Division at Ohio Benefits and Insurance Group.
  • Responsible for managing client relations, retention, and service.
  • A graduate of Northwestern University (’92), Jeff has over 20 years’ experience as an employee benefit specialist.
  • Previously served on the Boards for the American Subcontractors Association and the Kent Regional Business Alliance.
  • Currently resides in Medina, Ohio with his wife and two children.
  • Hobbies include coaching youth football, fishing, and spending time with family.

Brenda Schoffstall

  • Over 20 years’ experience working with corporate clients and non-profit organizations to create and maintain their benefits structure.
  • In depth knowledge and experience in health, dental, life, and voluntary benefits.
  • Providing excellent customer service to her clients is the utmost importance.
  • Member of National Association of Health Underwriters & Professional Insurance Agents.
  • Enjoys spending time with her husband of 27 years and their two children.

Joel Belding

  • Graduated Northwestern University, 2008.
  • Majored in Communications with a Sociology Concentration.
  • Former Big 10 Offensive Linemen.
  • Currently serves over 100 group clients and 200 individual clients in Northeast Ohio.
  • Licensed by State of Ohio for Life, Health, and Annuities.
  • ACA Marketplace Certified.

Kyle Brett

  • Graduated Heidelberg University, 2014 – BA in Business Administration.
  • Licensed by State of Ohio for Life, Accident, Health, Property & Casualty.
  • NAHU Self-Funding Certified.
  • ACA Marketplace Certified.
  • Played 4 years of College Football at Heidelberg University.
  • Vice President of the Circle of Success BNI Chapter
  • Currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with his spouse Kristen and dog Luna. 

Phillip Brett

  • Graduated Miami Univeristy, 2017 – BS in Finance .
  • Licensed by the State of Ohio for Life, Accident, Health, Property & Casualty.
  • NAHU Self-Funding Certified.
  • ACA Marketplace Certified.

Diane Lewin

  • Joined Ohio Benefits & Insurance Group in 2003.
  • Licensed Life and Health agent.
  • Licensed by State of Ohio for Property and Casualty.
  • 10 years Ancillary Experience.
  • 13 years Life and Health Experience.
  • Enjoys assisting clients with claims and service issues, and can be counted on to go the extra step to resolve an issue.
  • Has three daughters, which certainly qualifies her for sainthood, and resides in Brunswick with her husband, Walter. Since all three children have grown up and moved on with their lives, she fills her home with two dogs and three cats and was a co-founder for an area animal rescue organization.

Renay Muehlheim

  • Joined Ohio Benefits & Insurance Group in 2005.
  • Licensed Life and Health agent with the State of Ohio since 1994.
  • Over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry.
  • Works on all areas of Employee Benefits including new group implemention, group retention, claims, and overall customer service.
  • Lives in Akron with spouse of 36 years and has three adult children and 5 wonderful grandchildren.

Kevin Basta

  • Graduated The Ohio State University, 2008.
  • Licensed by the State of Ohio for Life, Accident, and Health.
  • Lives in Medina and enjoys playing poker in his free time.

Kathy Wright

  • Joined Ohio Benefits & Insurance Group in 2017.
  • Licensed Life and Health agent with State of Ohio since 2005.
  • Over 17 years’ experience in the insurance industry.
  • Over 35 years of overall customer service experience.
  • Enjoys living in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Center.