News & Events

Wednesday, July 8th

SLO Office Open by Appointment

As our state and counties continue to advance through the reopening stages, we want to provide an update on the steps that Morris & Garritano is taking to ensure the safety of both our clients and employees while continuing to provide the services and assistance you rely on.

Our Offices and Employees
Starting July 8th, our San Luis Obispo office will be open by appointment only. While our staff is gradually returning to the office, many of our employees will still work remotely. We will continue to meet and communicate with you as we have through telephone and videoconference. Accommodations are available in our office to help facilitate meetings with a remote employee if needed. We ask that you reach out to your Advisor or Account Manager at 805-543-6887 to schedule a meeting. At this time, our Santa Maria office will remain closed to the public, but we will update you on any changes in the coming weeks. 

Safety and Cleanliness
We have made adjustments to our SLO office to allow for social distancing and remain diligent with our cleaning practices. We kindly ask that employees and visitors wear a mask while visiting our office. Single-use masks will be available for those who need them.

As time progresses, we will adjust these safety measures accordingly and will continue to communicate any changes with you as we have over the last few months. Responding to the needs of our clients remains a top priority and we appreciate your understanding as we adjust our operations to best serve you in this new environment.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Morris & Garritano

Friday, June 5th

Return to Work Resources

We are all eager to reopen our doors, but understand we also have a responsibility to do so safely – both for our customers and our employees. While there are numerous guidelines, updates, and best-practices available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

Our Return to Work page offers a comprehensive collection of links to workplace safety and human resource guidance material and templates.

It also includes a step-by-step video that will help California businesses navigate Industry Guidelines within the Resilience Roadmap so that you can feel confident in your next steps and focus on getting back to business.

We will continue to update this page, as well as our COVID-19 Resource Page as new developments and information is made available. If you have questions or would like further assistance, please reach out to your Account Manger or Risk Advisor.


Monday, November 4th

3rd Annual No-Shave November!

The men of M&G are on a mission to grow cancer awareness and raise money for the Angel of Hope Fund, part of the Hearst Cancer Resource Center, but we need your help to make the month a success!

https://www.supportfrenchhospital.org/donate-now-angel-of-h…
(Be sure to list the event name “Morris & Garritano No-Shave November” in the comments box.)

The start of No-Shave November

No Shave November is a month-long journey in which participants forgo shaving to raise cancer awareness by embracing their hair, which many cancer patients lose.

We will document the beard-growing progress of our M&G gentlemen throughout the month and provide updates along the way.

Thank you for your donations, your support, and your help to share this with your friends, family, and coworkers.


Tuesday, September 10th

Ben Hoover Named in Top Forty Under 40

Please help us in congratulating Sr. Employee Benefits Advisor, Ben Hoover, in being named one of this year’s Pacific Coast Business Times Forty Under 40!

Ben is continually raising the bar at M&G and is always going the extra mile for his clients. This past year he became a Morris & Garritano shareholder, reinforcing his commitment to his clients and his coworkers. Outside the office, Ben has been on the Partner Advisory Board for must! Charities since its inception and dedicates his time to helping raise funds for various projects including the Food Bank Coalition and The Boys and Girls Clubs. You might not know it, but Ben also has the unique skillset of being an auction ringman and is very active in the Jr. Livestock Auction at the Mid-State Fair among other charity auctions throughout our communities.

Ben truly cares for the well-being of his clients and their employees. The work that he and his team does allows for many in our community to have peace of mind regarding their healthcare. Congratulations, Ben!


Friday, June 21st

Broker Smackdown Regional Champions!

As an insurance agency and as a business, we are always seeking ways to improve our practices by implementing new service strategies, investing in improved technologies, or developing our skillset and knowledge base.

One of the ways we do this is by utilizing the resources available to us by our peer networks such as the Benefit Advisors Network (BAN) or the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB). By sending as many individuals as possible to different events and conferences, we expose our
teams to new ideas and opportunities for growth.

Just this last month, we had a team of representatives compete in our region’s CIAB Broker Smackdown. This 2 1/2 day workshop is designed for emerging leaders to compete in a computer simulated insurance brokerage market where they are challenged to think strategically and make
decisions that agency owners make every day.

Daniel Gilman, Angela Toomey, Martine Domingues, and Mark Anelli went up against individuals from some of the largest and most sophisticated agencies in the nation AND THEY WON!

We had no doubt that they would rise to the challenge and come away champions. We are so proud of this team and are ready to cheer them on at Nationals in the fall!


Monday, April 22nd

M&G – Best Place to Work on the Central Coast

We are proud and honored to once again be named one of Pacific Coast Business Times’ Best Places to Work on the Central Coast! We have an amazing group of people that work hard every day for their clients and their coworkers and we are lucky that we get to have them on our team!


Friday, April 5th

ThinkHR Employee Harassment Prevention Course

We are pleased to announce the release of ThinkHR’s Harassment Prevention Course for employees. This course incorporates the necessary state references to meet the standards for California’s sexual harassment prevention training.

Employers who employ five or more employees, including temporary or seasonal employees, must provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all supervisory employees and at least one hour of sexual harassment training to all nonsupervisory employees by January 1, 2020, and once every two years thereafter, as specified. Additionally, the state prohibits, in exchange for a raise or bonus or as a condition of employment or continued employment, employers from:

  • Requiring an employee to sign a release of a claim or right; or
  • Requiring an employee to sign a nondisparagement agreement or other document denying the employee the right to disclose information about unlawful acts in the workplace, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment.

Best Practices: Complete Training for Managers

Step 1: Within six months of placement or hire into a supervisory role.

Step 2: Must complete two hours of training every two years.

Step 3: Frequency of every two years or less with proof of training retained for two or more years.

The course name is Workplace Harassment Prevention for Managers in California (AB1825/2053), Connecticut & Maine. Available in English and Spanish.

Best Practices: Complete Training for Employees

Step 1: As soon as possible upon hire, recommended within first 30 days of hire.

Step 2: Must complete one hour of training every two years.

Step 3: Frequency of every two years or less with proof of training retained for two or more years.

The course name is Workplace Harassment Prevention for Employees, State of California (SB1343) Available in English and Spanish.

For more details about ThinkHR Harassment Solutions or assistance registering your employees for this training, please contact Louise Matheny at lmatheny@morrisgarritano.com.


Wednesday, January 9th

Frank Sheahan Announces Retirement and Transitions Clients to M&G

After 48 years of providing superior service to his clients, Frank Sheahan has announced his retirement from the insurance industry. As of January, 2019, Sheahan will transition the service of his accounts to Morris & Garritano Insurance. Sheahan notes, “It is important that my clients be protected and taken care of. When thinking of who would provide the best possible service, with the best possible people, only one name came to mind – Morris & Garritano.”

Prior to his time in the insurance industry, as Sheahan puts it, he was “just a punk kid from New Jersey whose dad gave him three options – the Army, the Navy, or the Air Force.” In 1963, after a semester at Rutgers, he joined the Army as a buck private performing Morse code for his battalion commander. He gradually made his way up the ranks to become a Captain in the Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets. He was deployed to Vietnam in January 1968 and served overseas until his departure from the army in 1969. Sheahan then ran a military unit in Sausalito as a reservist while attending college in San Francisco.

Sheahan’s insurance career started on February 11, 1971 when he joined Aetna Life and Casualty after graduating first in his class from San Francisco State University. He gained experience selling life insurance and mortgage policies by walking door-to-door, enjoying every opportunity to meet new people. In 1973 he came to the Central Coast to work for a prominent Property and Casualty insurance company, Neal Truesdale. After 7 years with the agency, Sheahan started his own firm, offering services for group medical, individual medical, and pension plans. He ran that operation from 1980 until his retirement this year. “I love what I do and am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. My clients are my family – some have been with me for 35 years.”

Sheahan not only served his clients but served our community as well. He was President of the Mustang Booster Club in 1981, President of the SLO Chamber of Commerce in 1983 and 1984, was named the SLO Chamber’s Citizen of the Year in 1989, and has participated in numerous organizations over the years. He has been a long-time friend and colleague of the Morris family. Our CEO, Brendan Morris, notes “I’ve admired Frank for many years, and our approach to insurance is very similar – ensuring that our clients are provided peace of mind and service they can trust. We are honored and excited to be able to assist Frank’s clients and embrace the opportunity to build new relationships along the way.”


Wednesday, November 14th

Donations for Fire Victims

If you are looking for a way to help the fire victims, our friends at Meathead Movers are hosting a collection this week. There is a list of needed (new only) items on their website. https://www.meatheadmovers.com/blog/donations-for-california-fire-victims/

Donations can be brought to any of their locations through Thursday 11/15 by 6pm. They will also have a truck parked outside WineSneak in SLO from 5pm – 8pm today and Thursday.

Our SLO office is putting together a collection, so feel free to drop anything off with us and we’ll make sure it gets on the trucks.


Friday, November 9th

M&G No Shave November 2018

The men of M&G are on a mission to grow cancer awareness and raise funds for the Hearst Cancer Resource Center, but we need your help to make the month a success!

No Shave November is a month long journey in which participants forgo shaving to raise cancer awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose.

We will document the beard growing progress throughout the month and provide updates along the way. You can follow along by clicking the “interested” or “going” button on our Facebook event page, Morris & Garrtitano’s No Shave November. Feel free to leave comments with encouragement, support, or kind-hearted heckling to motivate our guys to keep it up!

While donations are of course appreciated, you can also help by spreading the word! Please share our Facebook event with your friends, family, colleagues – anyone who might be looking for a great cause to support! The more people we get involved, the greater impact we can make!

You can also help support our soon-to-be shaggy guys and the Hearst Cancer Resource Center by making a donation directly to the HCRC donation page, https://www.supportfrenchhospital.org/no-shave-november

Be sure to click on the Tribute Information box and donate “in honor of M&G No Shave November.” All donations are tax-deductible.