Addition Further Expands EPIC’s Employee Benefits Practice
EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Sal Lona has joined the firm as Senior Principal as part of its Employee Benefits Practice.
In his new position with EPIC, Lona will be a leader in the Los Angeles employee benefits practice focusing on growth, business development and client management. He will provide employee benefit consulting and strategy, which includes plan design and implementation, cost analysis, data analytics, technology resources, administration, communications, point solutions and helping clients fulfill long-term goals for their employees and businesses. Reporting to Matt Clemo, Southern California Employee Benefits Leader, Lona will work from the firm’s Los Angeles office.
“We are excited and energized to have Sal join our rapidly expanding EPIC team in Los Angeles,” noted Clemo. “As we continue to grow, maintaining an outstanding culture is critical to our success. Sal’s experience, expertise and leadership will play a crucial role in one of EPIC’s fastest growing markets.”
Lona joins EPIC from Aon where he spent the last 17 years. His experience includes working with middle and large market clients across the U.S. and globally. Lona’s leadership roles include Middle Market Leader, Market Growth Leader, Sales Leader and Office Leader. He has helped numerous clients innovate and create value-based benefits programs with increased employee engagement and effective cost solutions. Lona’s expertise includes self-funded benefit programs and alternative funding contracts. He has extensive experience representing employers in the engineering, construction, manufacturing, technology, real estate, financial services, retail and wholesale, professional services, and healthcare industries. He will use this experience to help clients solve, plan, and navigate the increasingly complex and dynamic employee benefits environment.
Prior to Aon, Lona held production and client management roles at USI Insurance Services and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. Early in his career, he worked as an underwriter at Prudential Health Insurance, which is now a part of Aetna.
“I am thrilled to be joining EPIC and add to the firm’s notable growth. It’s hard to say no to a client-focused firm that puts people first, embraces diversity and community, and thrives on innovation with creative thinking,” stated Lona. “I am eager to collaborate with the impressive group of talented professionals at EPIC to deliver value-based solutions to help our clients.”
Jim Gillette, Regional President, commented, “Sal will be an outstanding addition to our team based in Los Angeles. EPIC continues to attract top talent both regionally and nationally and I am excited to have Sal help us continue to build our employee benefits expertise in Southern California.”