Wells Fargo Insurance opens Silicon Valley office

Source: Wells Fargo

Continuing to expand its Bay Area team, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc. - part of Wells Fargo & Company - today announced Kathy Hinz, Darryl Ives and Rod Okimoto have joined its Bay Area-based Technology Practice and will open a new office in San Jose.

They will lead efforts to identify new business opportunities, strengthen customer relationships in Silicon Valley and help to expand Wells Fargo Insurance Services' presence in the market. They will each report to Rod Sockolov, managing director and Technology Practice leader for Wells Fargo Insurance Services' San Francisco Bay Area region.

"We are committed to strengthening our team by investing in top talent like Kathy, Darryl and Rod," said Sockolov. "Their valuable knowledge and expertise will further strengthen Wells Fargo's capabilities to provide our customers with the insurance and technology solutions they need."

Okimoto joins Wells Fargo Insurance Services after working at Lockton and Aon in San Jose where he served Silicon Valley's robust technology industry. Serving the needs of Silicon Valley companies for over thirty years, Okimoto started as a Highly Protected Risk (HPR) engineer at FM Global in Mountain View. He graduated with a degree in Industrial Technology from San Jose State University.

Ives also joins Wells Fargo Insurance Services after prior roles with Lockton and Aon where he developed and implemented risk management and insurance programs for technology companies. He has served clients as an outsourced risk manager, leveraging his 10 years of experience with National Semiconductor Company (NSC) in Santa Clara. Prior to NSC, he trained as an HPR field engineer with Industrial Risk Insurers in San Francisco and helped established their field office in Sydney, Australia. Ives earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Fresno State University and an MBA from San Jose State University.

Hinz joins Wells Fargo Insurance Services from Lockton in San Jose. Her prior experience also includes working with J&H Marsh where she served casualty and workers compensation needs of Silicon Valley clients. Hinz graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in education.

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