Patrick Harpenau

Principal | Employee Benefits

Phone: 574-245-3590

Fax: 574-236-6399


Patrick Harpenau

Professional Experience

Patrick is a Principal at Gibson and a Consultant in the Employee Benefits Practice. Patrick is focused on helping business leaders effectively manage their employee benefits by breaking away from the traditional insurance purchasing and moving toward value-based purchasing strategies aimed at long-term, results-based strategy versus year to year, activity-based reactions.    

Prior to joining Gibson in 2014, Patrick held internships at All Risks Limited and State Farm where he gained experience in underwriting, risk identification and a variety of business and employee related risks.


  • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS)
  • Compensation Management Specialist (CMS)
  • Group Benefits Associate (GBA)

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart
  • Graduate of Leadership South Bend / Mishawaka (Class XLIV)
  • Active participant in the Young Professionals Network of South Bend
  • Former mentor for the St. Joe CEO program
  • Former member of Gamma Iota Sigma – a professional, international insurance and risk management fraternity

Specialty Areas

  • Employee Benefits
  • Self-Insurance & Alternative Financing Strategies
  • Cost Containment Tactics
  • Centers of Excellence Networks & Direct Contracting
  • Employee Engagement & Communication
  • Voluntary Benefits


  • Indiana State University | Cum Laude Bachelor of Science Degree in Insurance & Risk Management, Minor in Sales & Negotiations