IRVINE, Calif. (May 13, 2019) – Western Growers is pleased to announce that Eric Trost has joined its Insurance Services team as Vice President of employee benefits. In this role, Trost will lead the expansion of Western Growers Insurance Services’ Employee Benefits capabilities, solutions and resources available to employers of all sizes. He will also support the growth and retention of the exclusive Western Growers Assurance Trust – a group health plan offered to members of the agricultural community.
“Eric is consumer driven, employer focused and proactive in nature, which are qualities that will play a significant role in helping us ramp up our efforts to continue to offer quality insurance and health care options to the ag and food industry,” said Jeff Gullickson, Senior Vice President of Western Growers Insurance Services. “Eric’s strong leadership background and extensive employee benefits knowledge make him a perfect addition to the Insurance Services team.”
Trost has nearly 20 years of industry experience, with an extensive background in employee benefits, healthcare and risk management. Prior to joining Western Growers, he served as principal of Benefits Compass, a boutique employee benefits agency, where his primary responsibilities included production agency growth, strategic planning and client retention.
“I am very proud of the fact that I have always adhered to the simple philosophy of doing what’s in the best interest of my clients and am extremely pleased that this philosophy aligns strongly with Western Growers’ own culture and values,” said Trost. “Now, as part of Western Growers Insurance Services, I have access to more resources, experienced professionals in multiple disciplines and extensive insurance company relationships – all of which will provide added value to our current and future clients.”
Trost earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach.
About Western Growers Insurance Services:
Western Growers Insurance Services, Inc. is the wholly-owned insurance brokerage of Western Growers and offers full-service risk management solutions to agricultural and related industry members in California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Since first offering health insurance and employee benefits back in 1986, WGIS has expanded to include property and casualty insurance, safety and loss control services and health care reform consulting. Connect with and learn more about Western Growers and WGIS on Twitter and Facebook.