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EPIC Launches Public Entities Practice

Source: San Francisco Business Times

Posted on 04 Feb 2011

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San Mateo, California-based insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm EPIC, also known as Edgewood Partners Insurance Center, has launched a 14-member practice to meet the needs of municipalities and other public agencies and entities. This includes housing authorities, JPAs, public utilities, schools, hospitals and public transit agencies, among others.

The new unit, based in EPIC’s San Francisco office, is led by Michael Enfield, who has headed the merged operations of EPIC and his former firm, Metro Risk, in San Francisco since their August 2009 merger.

Enfield said the new practice includes seven people in San Francisco, two in Sacramento, and five in other EPIC offices. Practice members include San Francisco’s Michael McNulty, Marianne Schleicher and Jeffrey Stephens; Los Angeles’ Chris McTigue and Jim Gillette; Irvine’s Tony D’Asaro, and Baltimore-based Craig Routson and Brian Marx.

Sacramento-based Terri Ezaki leads EPIC’s Public Entities Benefits Consulting Group.

The brokerage, with "nearly" $60 million in annual revenues, has 265 employees in nine offices in California and Baltimore, Md., Enfield said, including San Francisco, San Mateo, Petaluma, San Ramon, Sacramento/Folsom, Los Angeles, Irvine and Orange. (Approximately 25 other staffers work for affiliated entities, for a total of 290.)

It was launched in 2007 by industry veterans John Hahn and Dan Francis.

Enfield told the San Francisco Business Times that EPIC started the public entities practice to help them deal with “significant” pressures due to the economic downturn and budget crises on the federal, state and local levels. That could include helping them preserve assets that look attractive to a cash-strapped state of California.

Specialties include property/casualty risk management services, employee and executive benefits consulting and specialized risk solutions for alternative energy development, such as solar power installations. Its alternative energy team includes David Alvarado, Dan Francis, Jr., John Greenfield and Nancy Hahn.