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It's All About Berkshire
By Pauline Grant - November 4, 2006

Lisa Tillery has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of Claims at Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies in Pasadena, California.  Lisa has been with Berkshire Hathaway since February of 2001 when she started as their Regional Claims Manager.

Ms. Tillery's career started in 1978 in the Workers' Compensation and Safety Department for General Dynamics Corporation, a large aerospace firm in Pomona, California.  She held various positions over the eleven years that she was with General Dynamics. 

In October of 1989, Lisa was hired by EBI (Employee Benefits Insurance) to open up their Ontario, California, office.  She assumed the title of Claims Supervisor.  In May of 1991, she left EBI and joined UniCare Insurance Company as a Claims Supervisor in their Brea, California, office, but over the course of her employment worked in their Pasadena and Costa Mesa offices, as well.  When Fremont Insurance Company aquired UniCare from Wellpoint Health in September of 1998, shortly thereafter, Lisa transferred to the Fremont, Glendale, California, office.  Consequently, she stayed at Fremont until she was hired by Berkshire Hathaway in 2001. 

Silvia Romero-Barragan has now been promoted to Regional Claims Manager at Berkshire Hathaway in Pasadena, the title just freed up by Lisa Tillery.  In 1986, Silvia was hired by Cypress Insurance Company (now a Berkshire Hathaway company) as a claims examiner and was later promoted to Claims Supervisor, and then to Assistant Claims Manager in the year 2000. 

Ms. Romero-Barragan started in the comp claims industry in the late 1970s at National Indemnity as a Claims Assistant.  By the 1980s she was working for a self-insured, self-administered company, Interstate Brands, from 1981 until 1986 when she got hired by Cypress.

Mary Heineman is now working as a temporary workers' compensation claims examiner at Berkshire Hathaway in Pasadena after living and working in Austin, Texas, for a decade.  Mary had worked for Don Grant, now the Vice President of Claims at Berkshire, back in the 1980s at Industrial Indemnity in Los Angeles, and then again at Transamerica in Woodland Hills from 1990 to 1992.  Just three months ago, Mary drove through the heat of Texas and the Southwest in order to talk to the management of Berkshire Hathaway about putting her to work back on California comp claims.

Mary was a licensed work comp adjuster in Texas from 1995 to 2004 and also worked for a time as an Unemployment Appeals Hearing Officer for the Texas Workforce Commission.  As an accomplished musician who sings and plays the bass, she performed with a band at Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic in Luckenback, Texas in 1999.  Also, back in the 70s and 80s, Ms. Heineman was the bass player and lead singer with the Mustangs. 

According to rumor, Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies has grown to ten times its size since the year 2000.  And according to Lisa Tillery, since she started with Berkshire just over five and a half years ago, she has overseen and managed the growth of the Pasadena office from a staff of twenty employees to now over one hundred employees.   


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