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EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants Acquires Pharmaceutical Strategies Group

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Holdings, Inc. (EPIC) announced today that it has agreed to acquire Pharmaceutical Strategies Group (PSG). The move incorporates the expertise and resources of the nation's largest independent pharmacy benefit consulting firm into EPIC's Employee Benefits Consulting practice.

As a strategic partner to self-insured employers, health plans and health systems, PSG is an experienced navigator of the complex drug pricing market, and generates more than $4.8 billion in drug cost savings for clients each year.

"The opportunity to continue the next phase of our journey with EPIC is exciting," said Dave Borden, PSG Founder. "For more than 25 years, our dedicated clinicians and consultants have relentlessly advocated for clients, harnessing innovation to deliver the highest standard of pharmacy benefits consulting and technology."

Commenting on the announcement, Scott Schanen, President, EPIC National Employer Consulting, said, "Joining forces with PSG accelerates our ability to establish a new normal amid the dynamic landscape of employee engagement, health and economics. Long regarded as the industry leader in drug cost management, PSG's partnership with EPIC creates value for clients through independent, objective and sustainable solutions and strategies."

Steve Denton, EPIC CEO, added, "The cultural fit between PSG and EPIC has been apparent at every turn. We are collaborating to bring the combined expertise and breadth of service offerings to our clients and look forward to a positive 2021."

Michael Lonergan will continue to serve as PSG President and will lead the charge to develop innovative drug management solutions for U.S. plan sponsors. PSG will operate as "Pharmaceutical Strategies Group - an EPIC company."

About EPIC Brokers & Consultants

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients. For more information on EPIC, visit: https://epicbrokers.com/.

About Pharmaceutical Strategies Group

PSG is the leading pharmacy intelligence and technology company solving one of healthcare's biggest challenges - rising drug costs. It provides innovative drug management solutions to many of America's largest self-funded employers and health plans, who rely on trusted advisors to improve their financial performance.

Related link: https://www.epicbrokers.com/

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Ascende – an EPIC Company adds Gary C. McKinney to Southwest Region Business Development Team

HOUSTON, Texas -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Gary C. McKinney has joined the firm's Southwest Region Employee Benefits Consulting Practice in Houston (Ascende - an EPIC Company) as Business Development Manager.

McKinney is responsible for communicating the Ascende/EPIC difference and value to business leaders and the broader community. Through these interactions, he identifies opportunities to improve employee programs and administrative services, as well as to better manage costs and optimize a company's return on investment in their people. He collaborates with executive leadership and Ascende/EPIC subject matter experts to craft tailored solutions to advance each client's specific business goals.

McKinney began his career in HR leadership positions with Schlumberger, Ltd and Compaq Computer Corporation. He also served as the VPHR of Landmark Graphics Corp., a software company that assists the E&P industry with finding and developing hydrocarbons, and a wholly owned company of Halliburton. In addition, McKinney served as the CHRO for Valerus LP, a PE backed energy Services Company, and where he helped to drive 20% YOY annualized growth.

Prior to joining Ascende - an EPIC Company, McKinney worked as a CHRO for several Private Equity backed, rapid growth organizations and focused on leveraging human capital to meet both strategic and operational objectives. His emphasis on talent management and development allowed these organizations to maximize the return on their investments in people.

McKinney has also held leadership positions for professional organizations; the Human Capital Planning Society and the Information Services Human Resources Association, as well as serving on the Board of the Baylor Research Initiative and Collaborative.

McKinney received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Presbyterian College. Professionally, he earned the Executive HR Certificate from Stanford University and the University of Michigan.

"Gary brings a wealth of knowledge combining his significant experience as a CHRO for some of the world's most successful organizations and supporting the needs of capital sponsors where private equity investments have been made," said Brett Haugh, EPIC's Managing Principal of the Southwest Region. "He has a solid perspective around the orchestration of benefit plans, communications, and the effective use of HR technology to align with business objectives. Gary is a committed, results orientated individual, with a passion for delivering creative, value-added solutions, and he has a reputation for providing thought leadership and a commitment to building strong, positive relationships that align with our core values. We are excited to have Gary join our growing operation in the Southwest Region and across the country."

Said McKinney, "As a senior HR professional, I am responsible for developing new business relationships, introducing the Ascende/EPIC approach and value, and helping our clients develop strategic solutions in all areas of human capital management and employee engagement and retention. This is truly an exciting opportunity for me."

Gary McKinney can be reached at:
Ascende - an EPIC Company
Office: 832-476-9942
Mobile: 713-557-4152
gary.mckinney@epicbrokers.com

About EPIC:
EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 1,000 team members operating from offices across the U.S., providing Property Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to more than 20,000 clients.

With more than $200 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 20 retail insurance brokers in the United States. Backed by the Carlyle Group, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

More information: http://www.epicbrokers.com/.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dave Hock, of EPIC
650-295-4608
dave.hock@epicbrokers.com

Nicole Conley
408-295-4309 x104
nicole.conley@taniscomm.com

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Senior Business Leader and Consultant Duane Dennis Joins EPIC in Southern California

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Duane Dennis has joined the firm as a senior consultant and principal in the firm's Southern California Employee Benefits Consulting Practice.

Dennis will be responsible for business development, strategy, program design, implementation and management of employee benefits programs for EPIC clients. In addition to his regional responsibilities, Dennis will also work with EPIC's National Benefits Consulting Practice leadership on several key growth and client support initiatives.

Dennis will be based in EPIC's Los Angeles office and report to Southern California managing principal Jim Gillette.

A highly experienced consultant whose career spans more than 20 years, Dennis joins EPIC from benefit consulting technology company HIXME, where he was executive vice president, sales and marketing.

Dennis previously spent 11 years at Mercer Human Resource Consulting, where he held the positions of Partner - Chair of U.S. and Global Sales Leadership Teams and Member of U.S. and Pacific Southwest Market Leadership Teams; and Client Manager/Business Development Executive.

As one of the nation's fastest growing private insurance brokerage firms, EPIC has been on an aggressive national growth trajectory, successfully competing against the large, institutional brokers with an entrepreneurial, client-focused business model and "people first" culture.

"Duane is a tremendous addition to our team," said EPIC's Jim Gillette. "His ability to grow revenue and build long term business partnerships will add significant value to the firm. We are thrilled to have him join our Benefits Consulting Practice in Southern California and across the country."

"I am very excited to join EPIC," said Dennis. "They are an innovative, fast-growing firm with a great national team and strong, experienced leadership. With so much change taking place in our country and around the world, I can most effectively serve my own clients as part of a leading-edge, flexible, responsive organization that puts the needs and best interests of clients ahead of all else. This is what I have found in EPIC."

Duane Dennis can be reached at:
EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants
601 South Figueroa Street, Suite 3950, Los Angeles, CA 90017
duane.dennis[at]epicbrokers.com
Office: 213-629-8921

About EPIC:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 850 team members operating from offices across the U.S., providing Property Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to more than 13,000 clients.

With more than $250 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 20 retail insurance brokers in the United States. Supported by the Carlyle Group, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

For additional information, please visit http://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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