Press Release

Woodruff Sawyer’s Dave Erickson Promoted to Employee Benefits Practice Leader

April 5, 2024

San Francisco, CA - Woodruff Sawyer, one of the largest independent insurance brokerages in the US, announced today that Dave Erickson has been appointed the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Leader. Most recently, Dave led Employee Benefits’ operations with a focus on refining internal workflows, standardizing operating procedures to support consistent delivery of client service. 

Dave brings over 15 years of experience in the Employee Benefits industry. Prior to joining Woodruff Sawyer in 2018 to help lead and accelerate our data and analytics capabilities and offerings, Dave held key leadership roles for Burnham and Alliant. In these positions, he spearheaded the development of essential internal tools and provided clarity on intricate underwriting and analytics concepts for both clients and prospects.

Ryan Meissner, Woodruff Sawyer’s Employee Benefits President comments, “As VP of Operations for Employee Benefits, Dave brought dedication, expertise, and commitment to enhancing client experiences have been instrumental in our team's success. In his new role as Practice Leader, Dave will partner with our Benefits Leadership Team in executing our strategic plan while continuing to drive excellence in client service and operations to ensure our offerings exceed expectations. His strategic vision and analytical skills will be invaluable as we navigate the evolving landscape of Employee Benefits.”

About Woodruff Sawyer

As one of the largest independent insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the US, Woodruff Sawyer protects the people and assets of more than 4,000 companies. We provide expert counsel and fierce advocacy to protect clients against their most critical risks in property & casualty, management liability, cyber liability, employee benefits, and personal wealth management. An active partner of Assurex Global and International Benefits Network, we provide expertise and customized solutions where clients need it, with headquarters in San Francisco, offices throughout the US, and global reach on six continents. For more information, call 844.972.6326, or visit