C3 Risk & Insurance Services Elevates Two Talented Professionals to Partner Ranks

San Diego-based insurance brokerage firm continues its tradition of granting equity stakes to top performers

SAN DIEGO – Feb. 20, 2024 – C3 Risk & Insurance Services, a leading provider of innovative insurance solutions headquartered in San Diego, proudly announces the promotion of two dedicated employees to partner positions within the firm. Doug Shea, construction practice leader, and Chris Morse, producer, have demonstrated exceptional leadership, commitment, and expertise, earning well-deserved promotions and ownership stakes in the company.

  • Doug Shea joined C3 in 2021 as its construction practice leader, bringing industry knowledge and strategic insight to the team. He previously worked with Barney & Barney and Marsh McLennan. In his role with C3, Shea provides risk management and brokerage services to medium-to-large construction companies, environmental and remediation contractors, home builders, and residential developers. He consistently demonstrates a passion for excellence, driving success within the firm’s construction practice and contributing significantly to its growth.
  • Chris Morse, a dynamic professional in the sales arena specializing in construction, recycling, waste management, and transportation, joined C3 in 2022 as a producer. He quickly established himself as a key contributor, showcasing outstanding dedication to client relationships and recognizing opportunities for business development. His creative approach and commitment set him apart within the organization.

“C3’s equity program is at the heart of what makes us special, and it gives us no greater privilege than to announce Doug and Chris as our new partners,” said Jamie Reid, chairman of the board, C3. “Our success is driven by the passion and expertise of our team, and we are confident they will continue to play instrumental roles in our growth.”

New partners credit success to C3’s distinctive culture

Both newly appointed partners emphasized the unique organizational culture at C3, which they describe as having strong support to serve clients and a familial atmosphere. “C3 has provided an environment that values both professional and personal growth that is best-in-class,” said Shea. “It’s a great place to call home. The collaborative, supportive culture has allowed me to thrive, and I look forward to contributing even more in my new position as partner.”

Morse added, “C3 cares about family and supporting employees to serve their clients effectively. The emphasis on work-life balance and the support we receive from leadership have been key factors in my success here. I am honored to be promoted to partner and excited about the opportunities ahead.”

C3 believes insurance can be a colorful, collaborative experience

Under the leadership of Reid and co-founder Gabe Erle, C3 is disrupting the insurance industry by including clients in the process. Clients participate in writing the narrative that impacts their insurance cost and coverage through colorful insurance commercials that are submitted to underwriters. This unique approach breathes life into the special risk factors associated with the company that draw the attention of preferred underwriting. Established in 2017, the company has nearly 116 employees boasting 500 years of combined experience, covering every aspect of the insurance world. C3 is licensed in all 50 states and currently serves over 5,000 clients in the U.S. and worldwide.

C3 offers several lines of insurance, including workers compensation, professional liability, general liability, privacy liability, inland marine, commercial property, business auto, garage liability, accident participant, and many more along with specialty divisions including trucking, life science, construction, and surety. In addition, C3 works to change the insurance game by including non-insurance elements for its clients, including video production services, online brand alignment with internal culture, claim cost containment and client technology portal. C3 ensures customers receive the best advice possible for their situation at any time of day; even medical emergencies don’t wait until the next day to be reported, thanks to the company’s nurse triage.

For more information or to start working with C3’s innovative team, visit c3insurance.com


C3 is shaking up the insurance industry by redefining the privately held insurance brokerage firm. Founded in 2017, C3 is locally owned and headquartered in San Diego. While young at heart, the breadth of experience spans decades. C3 inherently takes a different approach to managing the risk of companies from startups through multinational firms. The difference is in discovery. C3 proactively creates sophisticated and innovative strategies for preventing unexpected loss for its clients and conversely provides swift resolution for difficult claims. Its unique business model and dedication to employees and clients has been a catalyst to C3 becoming one of the fastest-growing insurance firms in the country. Learn more by visiting c3insurance.com, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram, or by calling 619-233-8000.