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Ascension Insurance adds Heather Simpson as Senior Account Manager for its Employee Benefits Practice

Heather Simpson HeadshotWALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Ascension Insurance, Inc., announced today that Heather Simpson has joined the Pan American Western Region Benefits team as a Senior Account Manager in its Fresno office. Heather will be engaged in high-end account management specializing in agribusiness. She will be instrumental in facilitating enrollment, network utilization, plan design, compliance and fostering day-to-day client relationships.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Heather to our team,” said Keri Lopez, COO, Western Region Benefits. “She has a passion for finding the best solution for both the employer and their employees as they navigate the ever-changing world of employee benefits. Her experience on the carrier side also means that she has a broad perspective when addressing the issues our clients face.”

Heather has more than 17 years of insurance experience and is well versed in both self-funded and fully insured benefits products (as well ancillary lines). Throughout her career, she has supported a wide variety of employers in industries such as agriculture, Indian gaming, school districts, law offices, manufacturing and technology companies. Previously, she was a Senior Client Manager at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG). Prior to AJG, she was an Account Executive with Delta Health Systems and also spent 12 years on the carrier side with Aetna.

“I joined Ascension to be a part of a team that has the resources and vision to ensure their clients are satisfied at the highest levels,” said Heather. “I’m excited to be surrounded by some of the most talented and respected professionals in the industry.”

“Heather brings some really solid experience to our roster,” said Greg Merrill, Senior Vice President. “She is an excellent addition to our firm; our clients will greatly benefit by having Heather on their side. I expect great things from her!”


About Ascension Insurance, Inc.
Ascension Insurance, Inc. is a premier insurance agency that offers superior risk management and benefits consulting services. It has more than 420 employees and 30 locations nationwide. Ascension is a privately held corporation; together with its private equity partners, Parthenon Capital and Century Capital Management, the company expects to grow to $200 million in revenue by 2018.

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