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March 5, 2012

Los Angeles, Calif.-based Poms & Associates Insurance Brokers Inc. has named John Rossetti vice president of the employee benefits group in the firm’s Albuquerque, N.M. office.

Rossetti was previously an account executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, and a director of sales for Lovelace Health Plan.

Poms & Associates offers commercial insurance, employee benefits, corporate wellness, personal lines, and risk management and risk control. Poms has offices in California, Colorado, New Mexico and Washington.

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Heffernan Insurance Brokers has hired Jammie Y. Nam in its Orange County office as vice president of employee benefits.

Nam has nearly 20 years’ experience in the employee benefit industry as an underwriter and consultant.

Prior to Heffernan, she worked for an international consulting firm and two health insurance carriers. She specializes in alternative funding.

Heffernan, which provides insurance and financial services products to businesses and individuals, has several offices in California, as well as Portland, Ore., St. Louis, Mo., and New York, N.Y.

NAS Insurance Services named Michael Palotay as senior vice president of underwriting.

Palotay has been with Encino, Calif.-based NAS since 2009, managing production and strategy for the NAS underwriting department. He joined NAS as assistant vice president to develop a technology and cyber liability product.

Palotay began his insurance career at American International Group as a senior insurance underwriter.

NAS is an independent underwriting manager of specialty insurance with full binding authority to underwrite on behalf of Lloyd’s of London.

San Mateo, Calif.-based Worldwide Broker Network has expanded their membership to include associate members.

Until now WBN membership has always been limited to property/casualty and employee benefits brokers.

The new members are: John Kelly, CEO, Hanover Stone Partners, global risk management services; John Dempsey, CEO, Dempsey Partners, global forensic accounting services; James R. Woods, general counsel, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, global insurance regulatory/compliance services; John Wepler, CEO, Marsh Berry, global insurance brokerage/agency management and merger and acquisition services.

WBN is comprised of independent insurance brokers and employee benefits consultants, and has 522 offices in 85 countries.

Wahington-based insurance software developer Vertafore promoted Mark Craig to senior vice president of product management and Bruce Winterburn to vice president of industry relations.

Craig is responsible Vertafore’s product strategy. He joined Vertafore in 2011 as vice president of agency management systems product management. Before Vertafore, he spent 13 years at Oracle.

With more than 20 years of experience in the insurance software industry, Winterburn will focus on Vertafore’s alliances with the industry.

Brian Janes and Vicki Snow have joined Tustin, Calif.-based managing general agent Yates.

Janes and Snow, who become producers with Yates, spent the last two years as vice presidents of another California wholesale brokerage.

Yates & Associates was purchased last year by a venture capital group, with founder Jim Yates remaining on under contract as chairman. The MGA was renamed to Yates.

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