Barney & Barney Names Three New Principals

February 4, 2010

San Diego-based insurance brokerage Barney & Barney LLC announced that Catherine Botello, Marc Pannier and Steve Shea have been made principals of the firm. All three have been key players in the expansion of their respective departments.

“In their new roles as owners of the company, Catherine, Marc and Steve will be able to serve Barney & Barney in an even greater capacity. Adding them to the ownership team will prove to be an asset to the company as a whole,” said Paul Hering, managing principal/CEO. Both Botello and Shea have been integral to the aggressive and continued growth of the firm’s San Diego office, he said.

Botello joined Barney & Barney in 2002. With more than 13 years in the insurance industry, she has devoted her career at the company to the Employee Benefits Division. Prior to joining Barney & Barney, she worked at the Automobile Club of Southern California, where she was responsible for business development and client management for a variety of insurance products. She has extensive knowledge of risk management and health and welfare consulting.

Shea joined the firm in 2002 and previously was a client executive in the Commercial Department, responsible for account service and retention, new account development and growth of niche insurance programs. He has expertise in loss control, underwriting, marketing and program management. He has worked with such companies as Chubb & Son, as well as other national independent insurance agencies.

Pannier joined the firm in 2006, Marc has been a key player in the establishment and expansion of the company’s Orange County, Calif., office. His responsibilities include business development and management of large and middle-market benefits clients. Prior to joining Barney & Barney, he worked at Marsh & McLennan Companies for 12 years, including Mercer and Johnson & Higgins. Prior to the brokerage industry, he worked for two years at Health Net, a managed care company.

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