MEET THE TEAM

NICI is a full-service insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm

 “The company has a positive, ‘can-do’ way about them…”

— S. L. King & Associates, Inc.

You will find that everyone you deal with at NICI has one thing in common: We put our clients first! In order to serve you best, we take the time to get to know you and learn about your company and your needs. We have a proven service and support record, and we remain strong and dedicated to our commitment of consistently providing the highest level of industry expertise and quality services to our clients.


Herman L. Ross II

Herman is recognized as one of the hardest working entrepreneurs in insurance and risk management. He became a licensed agent in 1982, and over the years, has worked on both sides of the insurance fence after beginning his career at Hartford Insurance Group.

Herman was formerly the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advisor to the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), and had a seat on its Board. He was instrumental in the writing of the rules and regulations that apply to federally funded, street, highway, and airport programs; testifying many times on behalf of minority business owners. In addition, he was invited to speak at the Congressional Black Caucus and Transportation Brain Trust and also provides guidance to small business owners throughout the country. Herman attended Santa Barbara City College. He holds Property, Casualty, Surety, Life and Health Insurance Licenses.


Ashley Hopkins

Ashley is a licensed Property and Casualty, Health, Life and Disability Broker in Texas, she has also been licensed in Massachusetts and Nevada before moving to Texas so she has worked in the industry all over the country. Ashley’s responsibilities include renewal analysis, RFP development, assisting in claims and billing resolution and open enrollment. She has the deep knowledge and credentials to guide clients through the ever changing landscape of the insurance market.

She is currently studying to be certified as a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist and is finishing up her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Studies in Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University.


Kevin Simkins

After his release from active duty with the United States Marine Corps, Kevin entered the Insurance business going to work for the family business. Kevin’s role as Account Executive includes managing existing client relationships, supporting business development, evaluating policies and procedures, and keeping abreast of the changing market.  Kevin specializes in Employee Benefits and all lines of Commercial Insurance with a focus on OCIP, Surety Bonds, Liability, Workers Compensation, and Commercial Automobile policies. He is particularly sensitive to the clients need for ongoing communication and service. Kevin draws on his vast experience in his day to day operations in service and sales to equip his commercial clients with the best coverage and optional pricing.

Kevin earned his Associate Degree from Northern Virginia Community College with a major in Business. He is currently pursuing the Construction Risk Insurance Specialist Designation.


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