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Michael Heffernan Named 2011 Most Admired CEO by San Francisco Business Times

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- F. Michael Heffernan III of Heffernan Insurance Brokers has been selected as one of the San Francisco Business Times' Most Admired CEOs for 2011, in the 'Private Company with Under 500 employees' category.

Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges based on an array of factors, including leadership, career success, company success, work environment,  and philanthropic contributions.  Heffernan was honored along with other outstanding CEOs at an awards dinner on November 15th at the Hilton in San Francisco.

In 1988, at age 29, Heffernan purchased a struggling insurance brokerage with financial problems and 9 employees. That company, now Heffernan Insurance Brokers, has since grown to include 10 branches in four states. In the nominating materials, Heffernan was described as a "CEO with a vision for his company…a gifted businessman, but also generous and genuinely caring.  He wants to not only achieve his goals, he wants to help everyone achieve their goals. Though he employs over 400 people, sits on several boards, and speaks and travels extensively, he remains incredibly responsive to everyone that works for him.  He listens carefully, makes a decision, gives a direction, and everyone works very hard to implement that vision."

About Heffernan Insurance Brokers 

Heffernan Insurance Brokers, formed in 1988, is one of the largest independent insurance brokerage firms in the United States. Heffernan provides comprehensive insurance and financial services products to a wide range of businesses and individuals. Headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., Heffernan has offices in San Francisco, Petaluma, Palo Alto, Los Angeles and Orange, Calif.; Portland, OR; St. Louis, MO and New York, NY.

Heffernan Insurance Brokers was ranked the 14th Largest Independent Agency by Insurance Journal Magazine in 2011, and named the Top Mid-Sized Broker in the United States to Work for in 2009 and the 31st largest Broker of US Business in 2010 by Business Insurance Magazine. The firm has been among the Top Greater Bay Area Philanthropists since 2003 by donating more than $2.5 million to local charities. 

For more information, please visit or call 800.234.6787. License # 0564249. 

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