Ronald W. Shepherd, CPA
President and Founder

Ron has managed S&A since its founding in 1994. His background includes founder and Chief Operating Officer of an insurance services company that was one of ‘INC’s’ 500 fastest growing companies each year it was eligible, officer positions in organizations that specialized in insurance program development, implementation and management and 10 years in public accounting with a ‘Big 4’ accounting firm.

Ron holds both a Fire & Casualty and Life License.
Christopher D. Shepherd

Chris joined S&A in November of 2004 after spending eight years as a Senior Client Manager with two large international insurance brokers providing property/casualty insurance services to clients ranging from small to large international corporations.

Chris received his BS in Management with an emphasis in Finance from Santa Clara University.
Chris holds a Fire & Casualty License.
Stephanie D. Hamel, GBA, CMS, CEBS

Stephanie joined S&A in September of 2002 after spending five years with a small prestigious benefits consultant broker where she managed Employer Compliance and Administration departments, including Section 125 plans and COBRA, and placed insurance coverage for small to large clients.

Stephanie received a BS in Combined Sciences from Santa Clara University. In addition, she holds a Life License, a Fire & Casualty License and is a designated Group Benefits Associate, Compensation Management Specialist and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.
Pam Wess
Account Executive, Property/Casualty

Pam joined Shepherd & Associates in February 2013 after spending more than 20 years as a client manager and claims representative with various regional brokerage firms. Pam holds a Fire & Casualty and Life License.
Naomi Bliven
Personal Lines and Office Manager

Naomi joined Shepherd & Associates in September 2012 with over 15 years as an insurance agent/office manager for large insurance agencies where she specialized in all aspects of personal policies. Naomi holds a Fire & Casualty and Life License.
Shepherd & Associates is a privately held company formed to serve you, our client, not our stockholders. Our employees and founders acquired their skills through serving large, international and multi-state based companies.
As a broker who represents our clients interests rather than an agent who represents the insurance company, Shepherd & Associates works tirelessly to ensure our clients are comfortable throughout the entire insurance placement process. With access to over 100 insurance companies, we have the markets and knowledge to provide insurance brokerage services in a knowledgeable, ethical and cost-effective basis to you.