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Lockton welcomes new benefits experts in North Bay area

Murillo, Galligan, Pennington and Heller join insurance broker in Petaluma

PETALUMA, Calif., May 24, 2018 – Lockton has hired four veteran employee benefits experts to help businesses with their employee benefits challenges in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mario Murillo, Lisa Galligan, Mary Pennington and Cheryl Heller join Lockton’s operation in Petaluma, California.

“We are excited to have these dynamic experts join Lockton to help clients navigate the complex waters of employee benefits,” said Tim Noonan, CEO of Lockton’s Pacific operations.

Lisa Galligan understands that employee benefits can be complex due to her career in human resources and insurance. She joins Lockton as a vice president and senior account executive after more than 30 years of working with employers and employees. Her goal-oriented mentality has benefited many mid and large employer clients from a variety of industries. When she isn’t solving employee benefits challenges for clients, Galligan supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as board secretary for Opportunities for Independence where she helps ensure financial solvency. 

Mario Murillo joins as an account executive to provide expert level client solutions associated with self-insured, fully-insured and alternative funding arrangements.  He has more than 20 years of experience in employee benefits and group insurance and holds a Group Benefits Associate (GBA) designation. For more than two decades Murillo has consulted with clients on health, dental, vision, group life and group disability plans in both English and Spanish.

Mary Pennington started her insurance career in 1990 as a system analyst with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. She has worked her way up to be a trusted employee benefits advisor in her nearly 30 years of working on insurance issues. Pennington’s strong analytical skills have been a key to her success in developing, implementing and maintaining successful employee benefit programs to meet the needs of her clients.  Pennington graduated from Sacramento State University with a bachelor’s in business administration, management information systems.    

Cheryl Heller will work with clients as an account executive in the employee benefits business. She started her insurance career at Vantreo Insurance Brokerage in Sonoma County more than a decade ago. Since, clients have praised Heller for advice on issues pertaining to strategy, development and management of their health and welfare benefit plans. Heller’s exceptional client service consultation is a natural fit to Lockton.

Lockton’s Petaluma, California office is located at 755 Baywood Dr. Petaluma, CA 94954 and can be reached by calling 707-835-0300.

About Lockton

Lockton is a global professional services firm with 6,500 Associates who advise clients on protecting their people, property and reputations. Lockton has grown to become the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker by helping clients achieve their business objectives.

For nine consecutive years, Business Insurance magazine has recognized Lockton as a "Best Place to Work in Insurance.”

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