Insurance: Burnham Benefits adds staff, partners with trucking group

Edward Gow joined Burnham Benefits Insurance Services' San Rafael office, which the Irvine-based firm opened about a year ago as part of an expansion effort throughout Northern California.

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Mr. Gow has held previous positions at Alliant Insurance, Andreini & Company and AFIS Insurance. In San Rafael, he will focus on leveraging his relationships with local schools, serving as a resource for them in navigating health care reform. His expertise also includes captive benefits programs. He received a B.S. business administration from San Francisco State University. He also received the Group Benefits Associate designation from the Wharton School and the International Foundation of Employee Benefits. In addition, he is a member of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.

Burnham also announced a consultative partnership with California Trucking Association Health and Welfare Trust, an independent health care benefits buying pool sponsored by the California Trucking Association. In this new role, Mr. Burnham said he will focus on supporting the agencies that sell the trust’s benefits products and helping the organization’s leadership to better manage the program.***

EPIC Insurance has made two significant acquisitions since the new year, the latest coming in the form of certain assets from Altus Specialty Group, a Boston-based risk management firm.

That acquisition comes on the heels of the company's early January announcement that it acquired The McCart Group, an Atlanta-based broker with a significant presence in the southeast U.S.

The San Mateo-based brokerage, which has a sizable presence in the North Bay with its Petaluma branch, has embarked on an aggressive acquisition strategy after The Carlyle Group, a Washington, D.C.-based asset manager, purchased a majority stake in EPIC. At that time, EPIC -- short for Edgewood Partners Insurance Center -- said it was looking to triple its annual revenues of about $80 million within five years.

North Bay Principal Victor McKnight said EPIC would similarly seek such acquisitions across the North Bay as part of its growth strategy.

"We are looking at a number of other acquisitions in the North Bay and hopefully will be able to announce them soon," he said. "We're continually looking to acquire other benefits and property causal agencies both locally and nationally."

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