Addition further strengthens Southwest Region Energy and Marine Practice within the Property & Casualty operations of rapidly growing national broker and consultant

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced today that Nikki Howes has joined the firm’s Energy and Marine Practice, within its Property and Casualty operations, as a Client Advocate, reporting to EPIC Managing Principal and Director of the Southwest Region, KJ Wagner.

Mrs. Howes, based in Houston, will be responsible for new business development and the design, placement and management of property/casualty insurance programs, providing risk management strategies and solutions for mid-market and large clients.

Mrs. Howes joins EPIC from Upstream Brokers (an Acrisure Partner Company), where she served as Vice President with a focus on the risk exposures of marine and energy operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to that, she also spent significant time with USI Insurance Services as a Marine & Energy Account Executive.

“We are thrilled to continue the growth of our Property & Casualty team in the Southwest region with Nikki’s addition,” said KJ Wagner. “She brings a strong risk management background that adds tremendous value to our clients in the Marine and Energy industries and our organization as a whole. Nikki will be a terrific addition to EPIC.”

Nikki Howes can be reached at or (832) 746-2249.

KJ Wagner

Managing Principal and Director of the Southwest Region - Dallas, TX