Our Firm

Garland Cole - Partner

Garland Cole built the foundation for the customer-centric values that Ashley Cole Benefits is known for today. With over 25 years in benefits planning and management, Garland is equally cited for her detailed knowledge as her engaging personality. She began her career in human resources before becoming a successful agent for New York Life in 1978. Prior to opening her own benefits agency, Garland held several corporate executive marketing positions. As a National Marketing Director, she trained agents across the country on the finer points of design, implementation and communication of employee benefits.  

Numerous civic, professional and non-profit organizations benefit from Garland's support of the community. She has served on a variety of Boards and Committees including: Texas Women in Business (Board member), Texas Reach Out Ministries (Board member), Metropolitan Breakfast Club (Past President of the Board), Capital Area Planning Council's Drug Advisory Committee (Chair), and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (Chair).

Garland currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Humane Heroes and the Literacy Partners in the Leander School District. She is a member of Hill Country Bible Church Austin.

BJ Bludau - Account Manager

Elizabeth (BJ) Bludau is the friendly voice most encounter when contacting Ashley Cole Benefits. BJ consults regularly with individuals, families and business executives from a variety of industries to help create solutions to clients' health insurance concerns. Prior to her current position as an Account Manager, she invested nearly 20 years as an R.N. at Austin and Houston hospitals, including MD Anderson. BJ went on to utilize her health care knowledge in medical device sales and sales management from 1989 – 2004. Additionally, she served as VP of Community Development for the Coastal Bend Blood Center in Corpus Christi and as a business consultant.

Dedicated to her family and community, BJ has served on the boards of Austin Junior Forum, the Caswell House, past President of the Metropolitan Breakfast Club, and as a student mentor in her church. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and music, but most of all, she enjoys people.  Needless to say, BJ is a tremendous asset to our clients and this agency.