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May 5, 2014

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center named Michael Gonthier chief financial officer.

Elaine Andrian, EPIC’s current CFO, will now focus on merger and acquisition strategy and diligence.

Gonthier will be responsible for overseeing all finance and accounting, human resources and information technology functions across the organization.

Gonthier has more than 20 years of experience in operations, information technology, finance and administration.

Prior to joining EPIC, Gonthier served as senior vice president and chief operating officer since 2008 for Crump Insurance Services. Gonthier also held the titles of vice president and finance division CFO for BISYS Insurance Service and vice president of corporate service for BISYS Group Inc.

EPIC has nine offices across California: Los Angeles; Irvine; Inland Empire; Fresno; Folsom; San Francisco; San Mateo; Petaluma; and San Ramon. EPIC also has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver and New York.

Jay Sherwin joined Lockton’s Denver, Colo. operation as senior vice president and department manager of financial and professional services.

Sherwin will focus on developing insurance and risk management solutions. Additionally, he will assist in the development of training and continuing education for Lockton Associates.

Sherwin has more than 15 years of experience, which includes working with the energy, financial institution, technology, airline, manufacturing, and food and beverage sectors.

Previously, Sherwin served as a managing director with Aon. Prior to that, he served as corporate counsel for a Denver-based technology company and was in private practice with a Florida law firm.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Lockton employs more than 4,950 professionals and provides services to 35,000 clients around the world.

Reno, Nev.-based Employers Holdings Inc. named Richard P. Hallman executive vice president and chief information officer.

He will oversee overseeing all of Employers information technology departments.

Hallman previously served as senior vice president and chief information officer, a position he held with Employers since 2010.

He will continue to be located in Employers’ headquarters in Reno.

Hallman has more than 25 years of experience in various technical and senior information technology leadership positions.

Employers is a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers’ compensation insurance and services focused on select small businesses engaged in low-to-medium hazard industries.

Wholesaler and managing general agent SierraSpecialty named Keri Hennesay as a surplus lines broker to its team in Clovis, Calif.

Hennesay has been in the insurance industry for 26 years and has experience working as a retail agent, as well as a marketing representative at a managing general agency.

The firm specializes in a variety of areas, including towing, professional liability, agribusiness, healthcare and insurance agents’ errors and omissions.

Dawn E. Hodge has joined the Leavitt Group’s Redwoods office and will focus on commercial insurance.

Prior to joining the agency, Hodge spent eight years with a personal lines not-for-profit insurance automobile club. She also worked as a claims adjuster representing Phoenix, Ariz.

Leavitt’s Redwoods office is part of the Leavitt Group.

Sullivan Brokers Wholesale Insurance Solutions named Jim Sce to the firm’s casualty practice group as vice president.

Sce will work in the Los Angeles office.

Sce has expertise in construction classes, as well as experience in all casualty lines of business.

Sullivan Brokers is a nationwide wholesale brokerage specializing in healthcare, professional, management, and transaction liability, alternative risk transfer, environmental and property/casualty risks.

Hub International Insurance Services Inc. named Artem Ilinets vice president in the San Francisco, Calif. commercial division.

Ilinet’s primary role with Hub will be the deployment of risk aversive insurance solutions for business clients throughout the state.

Prior to Hub, Ilinets was affiliated with OnMarket Insurance Associates in San Francisco, where he served as a mixed personal/commercial lines consultant and broker.

Chicago, Ill.-based HUB provides a variety of property/casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services.

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