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INSURANCE

RIC Insurance General Agency Chairman Mike Sullivan was nominated to Insurance Business America’s Hot 100 List for 2016. The list features 100 of the year’s most prominent insurance insiders, nominated by those in the industry.

According to the Santa Rosa-based firm, Sullivan has been a leading figure at RIC for more than a decade. He came to Fort Bragg in the 1980s, where he purchased a retail insurance agency that would later become Northwest Insurance. Through Sullivan’s efforts, the agency grew to more than $12 million in premiums, expanding to 12 office locations by the 2000s.

Sullivan purchased RIC Insurance in 2005, along with his partner, Dennis Stanley. Five years later, Sullivan sold Northwest Insurance and focused exclusively on RIC, expanding the company to include personal, commercial and surplus lines.

HEALTH CARE

Cynthia Ermshar has become the director of marketing and admissions for The Oaks postacute rehab facility in Petaluma. She previously worked as an activity coordinator and as a community relations manager in facilities that serve the elderly

LAW

Lauren Diaz of Novato and Vanessa Buffington of San Francisco have launched NextGen Legal (nextgenlegal.org), an online legal secretary and paralegal consulting firm to provide legal support through in-staff training, including webinars and seminars for businesses and law firms.

ACCOUNTING

Shelley L. Caiati has been named a staff accountant at Baldwin, McGaughey & Co. CPAs in Petaluma. A CPA, she will assist the firm’s business and individual clients with tax preparation and consulting needs.

The North Bay Business Journal is looking for news of promotions, new hires and awards for possible publication in the People section. Send your press releases to the North Bay Business Journal, Attn: Business Register, 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401; fax 707-521-5292; e-mail people@busjrnl.com.