HOUSTON, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Ascende - an EPIC Company has promoted Mary Parker and Dina Flavin to managing principals, joining Steve Goulet and Suzanne McGarey as strategic leaders of Ascende's Health & Welfare practice. Collectively, they also serve as client engagement managers, providing senior leadership support and direction to the firm's consulting clients. Mary Parker joined Ascende - an EPIC Company in 2005 as a senior associate. Most recently, Mary led the Global Solutions practice, supporting clients' globally mobile employees, including U.S. expatriates, rotators, third country nationals and local nationals. Prior to joining the firm, Mary served as a benefits analyst at Reliant Energy, Inc. and the Westlake Group. Dina Flavin began her career at Ascende - an EPIC Company in 2005 as a senior associate as well. Prior to joining the firm, Dina held 10 years of experience with actuarial and underwriting roles in the health insurance industry. The Southwest Region also welcomes Javier Yturralde as its Global Solutions practice leader. Javier brings 20 years of international employee benefits experience. Prior to joining the firm, he served as regional director of Broker/Insurance Partnerships at International SOS where he was responsible for the development and expansion of key brokerage, consulting and insurer relationships in the U.S. He also previously served as regional director of MetLife's Multinational Solutions, formerly AIG. Javier holds a vast level of experience in expatriate health and welfare services and solutions, working for both Cigna and Aetna at the start of his career. "We are excited to have Javier join our team as it continues our commitment to the global consulting services supporting our clients and the unique needs of the international assignee population," said Ascende - an EPIC Company COO Cliff Caldwell. Javier Yturralde can be reached at: Ascende - an EPIC Company2700 Post Oak Boulevard, 25 th Floor Houston, TX 77056 firstname.lastname@example.org - office 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.