PETALUMA -- EPIC Insurance Brokers in Petaluma added longtime North Bay employee benefits broker Sama Hershey Davis to its roster, bolstering its employee benefits practice, the company said.

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Ms. Hershey Davis brings 15 years of experience in health care, benefits consulting, human resources, compliance, wellness and client relationship management to EPIC, short for Edgewood Partners Insurance Center, a retail property, casualty insurance and benefits consultant.

Before joining EPIC, Ms. Hershey Davis was an account executive at Woodruff Sawyer & Co in Novato. Prior to Woodruff Sawyer, she served as an employee benefits account executive at ABD Insurance and Financial Services, which was acquired by Wells Fargo Insurance Services in 2007. She also held HR positions at Pacific Pulmonary Services and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company.

In her new role with EPIC, Ms. Hershey Davis will focus on overall strategy, coverage negotiations, compliance consulting and the coordination and management of internal and external resources, as well as a new business production role bringing new clients to EPIC.

"Our clients will benefit significantly from Sama's experience, knowledge and wide- ranging skill sets," said Bill Merget, principal of EPIC's North Bay division. "Sama shares our client-focused, people-first values and beliefs and knows how to drive results. We are thrilled to have another professional of her caliber joining Vic McKnight and our benefits team here in Petaluma."

Mr. Merget and fellow EPIC Principle Mike Ryan both worked at ABD, before leaving Wells Fargo Insurance Services to open EPIC's Petaluma branch in 2010.

"Sama and I worked closely during our time together at ABD," said Mr. Ryan, principal of EPIC's North Bay Property & Casualty Practice. "She is a terrific person and a strong, committed client advocate. I am very pleased and excited to be working with Sama again here at EPIC."

Ms. Hershey Davis also served for more than five years on the board of directors of the Professional Association of Sonoma County (PASCO) for Human Resources, one of the largest professional organizations in the North Bay.

"As a Sonoma County native I have deep personal and professional roots in the North Bay and I'm thrilled to be joining a team that shares my history of commitment to our region," she said. "I have long known and respected Mike Ryan, Bill Merget and other members of the EPIC team. In this regard, it's a bit like coming home again. I couldn't be happier to be here."