Renewal Welcomes New Hires to their Growing Employee Benefits Brokerage

August 1, 2023

Renewal, one of Chattanooga’s leading employee benefits solutions providers, is delighted to welcome Tony Rust and Jonathan Culwell to our growing brokerage.

Left: Tony Rust, Senior Benefits Consultant | Right: Jonathan Culwell, Benefits Advisor

Tony Rust, Senior Benefits Consultant, is an industry veteran with over a decade of benefits consulting and brokerage experience.

Prior to joining Renewal, Rust spent over 10 years with a large, national benefits brokerage firm, working in various roles, including account management, business development, and strategic benefits consulting. Rust leads with a people-first mindset, looking for every opportunity to serve his clients and their employees through a personable approach. With a workforce environment struggling with inflation and recruiting & retention challenges, Rust strives to partner with his clients to challenge the status quo, leveraging new and innovative solutions that drive savings to group health plans that positively impact an employer’s bottom line so they can reinvest in their most valuable asset—their people.

“Tony’s tenure in the industry brings vast experience to our team, specifically related to administration, operations, and a financial acumen around benefits planning. We know that this experience paired with his unwavering dedication to serving his clients will provide a foundation for success.”  Dylan Honeycutt, Partner

In his spare time, Rust enjoys spending time outdoors with his 4-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Riley. He also enjoys fishing, golfing, and passionately rooting for his favorite college football team, the Florida Gators.

Jonathan Culwell, Benefits Advisor, joins Renewal with an impressive professional background, having worked as an attorney and healthcare executive.

This diverse experience provides him with a frontline vantage point of the inner workings of healthcare benefits. Culwell brings a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective to our team that will enrich our consulting practice. Culwell chose to join Renewal after discovering a shared set of core values and a culture that placed emphasis on strong relationships and providing the best outcome for our clients. His ability to navigate complex legal waters, blend healthcare industry insights, and provide strategic leadership will undoubtedly make a significant impact on our team and the organizations we serve.

“With Jonathan’s well-rounded skill set and passion for helping others, we can expect great things as we partner with our clients to design top-notch employee benefit programs.” – Ryan Davis, Partner

In his free time, Culwell enjoys time with his wife and three children, trail running, the occasional ultramarathon, golfing, and cheering on Alabama athletics.