EPIC opens new branch in Petaluma

Office to be headed by North Bay veterans of Wells Fargo, ABD

PETALUMA — A group of North Bay insurance veterans are starting the region's first Edgewood Partners Insurance Center, a retail, property-casualty and employee benefits brokerage. They all left Wells Fargo Insurance Services for EPIC's newest California operation, just opened in the Petaluma Marina Business Center.

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Bill Merget and Mike Ryan, both formerly of ABD Insurance and Financial Services, which was acquired by Wells Fargo in 2007, serve as principals for EPIC's new branch as of June, the company said. Collectively, Mr. Merget and Mr. Ryan have been working in the North Bay insurance sector for more than 35 years.

“Mike and I are really excited about getting back the to the essence of the brokerage business as part of  a responsive, entrepreneurial,  ‘no walls’ organization that is all about delivering service excellence and value,” Mr. Merget said.

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