TNBC Staff


Name: The National Benefit Corp

Founding Date: 1977

Founder: Bernard M. Kirke, CLU

The National Benefit Corp (TNBC) is an insurance marketing organization focused on providing extraordinary service and building quality relationships with you, our customer, the financial services professional.

About us

Since 1977, The National Benefit Corp. has been a trusted insurance and annuity partner for advisors across the nation. Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, we specialize in developing personal, reliable relationships with you, our partner planners, in order to help grow your client services. Our partners depend on us to gather the appropriate information to select and deliver the right insurance options for their clients' needs.

Our team

Our skilled team focuses on making accessibility and efficiency dependable every time. As your insurance partner, we comb through the details of more than 35 carriers and hundreds of competitive products to objectively identify the most valuable solution for each unique need. Our job is to make it easier for you to offer superior insurance solutions.

As a team, we value loyalty and integrity. We also recognize and celebrate the differences that make up our collective strength. We appreciate our long-term clients and warmly welcome new faces alike. At our core, we value relationships – and it shows.

Our leadership team

Thomas Kirke, CLU | Carolyn Sampson, FLMI | John Gilbert

Our history

Bernard M. Kirke, CLU


As part of his 50-year dedication to the life insurance industry, Bernard (Bud) M. Kirke partnered with Kathryn Pierson to found The National Benefit Corp (TNBC) in 1977. A tireless visionary, Bud earned countless awards for both his strength as a leader and industry production. Today, after more than 40 years as a leading life and annuity brokerage, the Kirke family and TNBC team continue to honor our heritage through services rooted in dedication and integrity. We are proud to carry on our founders’ legacies and vision well into the future.