NU Online News Service, Feb. 8, 2005, 5:12 p.m. EST

An Indianapolis advisor group says it is getting off to a good start.[@@]

The group, United Benefit Advisors, began recruiting independent benefits firms 30 months ago.

UBA says it now represents firms that employ 1,500 benefits professionals in 135 offices.

The member firms manage about $12 billion in benefits expenditures for plans that serve 2.4 million employees and dependents, UBA says.