Barney & Barney in Southern California Names Five New Principals

March 11, 2014

San Diego, Calif.-based Barney & Barney has promoted five senior executives to principals of the firm.

The new principals, all of whom are based in California, are: Sara Bennett, an executive in the property/casualty group in San Diego; Nicole Mehrara, an executive in the employee benefits practice in San Diego; John Whalley and David Nava, executives in the firm’s employee benefits practice in Orange County; and Sean Reddy, an executive in the property/casualty group in Orange County.

Barney & Barney now has 43 active principals in its offices in San Diego, Orange County, Oakland and San Francisco.

Bennett joined Barney & Barney’s property/casualty division in 2003 and specializes in workers’ compensation and risk management. She has 11 years of experience.

Mehrara joined Barney & Barney in 2008 in the employee benefits division and specializes in employee benefit needs for small businesses with an emphasis on life science and technology companies.

Whalley joined Barney & Barney’s employee benefits division in 2011 and specializes in the private equity and food services industries. He has more than 25 years of experience in the health and welfare industry. Prior to Barney & Barney, he was vice president at GNW-Evergreen and before that he was general manager at PacifiCare Dental and Vision.

Nava joined Barney & Barney in 2008 in the employee benefits practice and has more than 14 years of experience. At Barney & Barney, he leads the Apparel Practice Group, specializing in employee benefits programs for the retail and apparel manufacturing industry. Prior to Barney & Barney, Nava was a benefits consultant for Hays Cos. and Standard Insurance Co.

Reddy joined Barney & Barney in 2005 in the property/casualty group and has 12 years of experience. At Barney & Barney, he created and leads the environmental practice group. Prior to Barney & Barney, Reddy was assistant vice president at Marsh.

In 2014, Barney & Barney was acquired by Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, a subsidiary of Marsh Inc. Barney & Barney has offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland and Orange County. The firm’s San Diego office serves as the headquarters for MMA’s Western region.

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