Commercial Insurance

Do an internet search for Commercial Insurance, and you'll come up with 47 million hits. That's 47 million voices clamoring for your attention (and probably your business). So how do you separate the "can-do" organizations from the "me-too" noise? Choose the company with unparalleled expertise in safeguarding not only your assets, but also your best interests.

Employee Benefits

Looking for Employee Benefits that also benefit your company? That makes two of us. An independent firm that's more interested in creative solutions than in corporate mandates, The Partners Group is driven by an unyielding dedication to your success. Armed with the kind of expertise only 30 years of experience can bring, we use our depth, breadth and resources to enhance value. Control costs. And take work off your plate instead of heaping it on.

Private Client Services

Funny thing about success. The more you have, the more complicated life becomes. Especially when it comes to your finances. Too many choices, too little time, and the uncertainty of whether your wealth advisor truly is looking at the big picture can make it difficult to determine if your investment strategies are working. Or just generating paperwork. At The Partners Group, we have the resources, experience and expertise to help you get there. Wherever "there" may be for you.

Press Releases

See what’s new – and in the news – at The Partners Group.

New Commercial Insurance Account Executive

Arnold, Mike

BELLEVUE, Washington, April 8, 2014  – The Partners Group (TPG) has added Mike Arnold to its Commercial team. Mike has an extensive claims background and more than 15 years of industry experience which he brings to his commercial property and casualty insurance practice. He will focus on commercial real estate, condominium associations and apartment complexes, remediation contractors, pharmacies and health care industries.

Prior to joining TPG, Mike spent three years at a local agency building a book of business. Previous to that, he spent 11 years at a national insurance company working in claims. “Mike’s insurance company and agency background gives him a unique set of skills that will bring significant short-term and long-term benefits to The Partners Group and to our clients,” said Mike Gano, The Partners Group Managing Partner, Commercial Division.

Mike is a Washington native and holds […]

The Partners Group (TPG) Adds Employee Benefits Consultant


BELLEVUE, Washington, April 1, 2014 – The Partners Group (TPG) has added Jean Shearer to its team of employee benefit consultants.  As a member of the strategic consulting team at The Partners Group, Jean will bring her decade’s long expertise in life, disability and leave of absence marketplace. Most recently, she has focused on National Accounts with 20,000+ lives.  Jean will also help TPG in Business Consulting with a focus on Analytics, Wellness and Leave Management and providing business development strength with large employers in the Washington marketplace.

Prior to joining The Partners Group, Jean worked more than 28 years for two large national carriers as a National Account Executive, and was responsible for driving profitable sales growth, retention and market/brand development with producers, consultants and customers in the National Account segment (5,000+ lives) throughout the Northwest.   “We are thrilled to […]

The Partners Group Named Capital Insurance Group Washington Agency of the Year

The Partners Group Commercial Insurance team recieving the CIG Washington Agency of the Year Award. Pictured in photo: (Back Row, Left-to-right) Paul Vlcek, Kevin Lane, Ryan Stewart, Mike Arnold (Front Row, Left-to-right) Linda Sebeck, Tina Am, Managing Partner – Mike Gano, Laura Dykshoorn

MONTEREY, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2014) – The Partners Group, a 30 year-old insurance agency being recognized for its Bellevue, Wash., office, has been named Capital Insurance Group® (CIG) Washington Agency of the year for 2013. CIG has honored the partner agency with the award in recognition of its commitment to client service and business performance. The annual award is bestowed on agencies in the CIG Northwest region, and is based on the culmination of the company’s performance throughout the year.

The Partners Group, which merged with The Baldwin Resource Group in 2011, specializes in insurance […]

The Partners Group Receives National Awards for Improving Employee Health

Wins Healthiest Employers ’2014 Healthiest 100 Workplace Award’ and American Heart Association ’2013 Fit-Friendly Worksite Platinum Award’

Bellevue, WA (March 4, 2014)The Partners Group, which helps employers build employee benefit programs to improve and maintain employees’ wellbeing, is proud to announce that it has won two prestigious healthy employee awards.

Healthiest Employers, the leader in employee health analytics, best practices and benchmark data, inducted The Partners Group into the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America. Being named as a 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplace means The Partners Group has achieved remarkable and sustainable success through a broad range of corporate wellness programs and employee wellness initiatives.

In addition, the American Heart Association awarded The Partners Group its 2013 Fit-Friendly Worksite Platinum Award, recognized for its efforts to decrease healthcare expenses and increase productivity.

The Partners Group attained the Healthiest Employers award as the culmination of a year-long, highly […]

The Partners Group Celebrates a Successful Year by Giving Back through a Company-Wide Volunteering Program

Portland, Ore, December 30, 2013 — Despite the fourth quarter being the busiest time of year at The Partners Group, they are celebrating two months of holiday giving this year with a formal company-wide volunteer program December through January, in lieu of a company party. This growing company is allowing all 100 of its employees to volunteer in the community on paid company time.

The Partners Group holiday volunteering program started five years ago when the economy burst and has continued to evolve into a bigger and more formalized program every year. According to Doreen Barnhouse, VP of Operations, “When The Partners Group started this program, we realized how fortunate we were after experiencing our friends, family and clients lose their jobs, homes and businesses. Although our business sustained some losses we were still operating profitably with no loss of jobs, and we wanted to give […]

The Partners Group Launches Insurance Exchange Site helps to navigate available coverage plan choices and costs, including options in state or federal exchanges.

Portland, Oregon, October 3, 2013 - The Partners Group, one of the largest employee benefit consulting firms in the Northwest, today announced the launch of its private insurance exchange called Partners Marketplace to help navigate the changing insurance marketplace. The online service, supported by its certified agents, licensed in all fifty states, brings The Partners Group’s expertise to the individual and family market in addition to its respected employee benefits practice.

“We are excited to announce the launch of Partners Marketplace to support our clients, their employees and families,” said Gary Alton, Managing Partner at The Partners Group. “In addition, we look forward to helping individuals and their families who need guidance in the new federal and state exchanges.”

The online exchange at offers information and the opportunity to purchase a wide range of insurance […]

What the Health Reform Delay Means for Oregon Businesses

Portland, OR, July 3, 2013, By Suzanne Stevens - Now that the employer mandate piece of health care reform has been delayed for a year, Oregon businesses that had been racing to meet a Jan. 2014 deadline can relax, right? Not so fast.

Not only are the requirements associated with the employer mandate complex, the federal government has yet to issue the regulations on how employee hours are to be reported.

“I think the initial reaction for some employers will be to take everything related to health care reform and put it on the shelf,” said Sarah Friend, an employee benefits consultant at The Partners Group. “The reality is 2015 is going to come fast.”

Click here to view this article in its entirety on the Portland Business Journal’s website.

The Partners Group is a leading, locally-owned, independent, financial services, risk management and employee benefit consulting firm. We do more than provide exceptional employee benefits, commercial […]

The Partners Group Places 57 on the Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon List

Portland, OR, June 25, 2013 – The results are in and the winners have been announced for the 2013 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon. The Hilton ballroom in downtown Portland was packed with nearly 900 people on Thursday, June 20th, 2013 as The Portland Business Journal honored the recipients of the award. The Partners Group, a leading, locally-owned, independent, financial services, risk management and employee benefit consulting firm, was recognized by The Portland Business Journal on this night, ranking 57th on their list of Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon (

2013 marks the 5th consecutive year and 10th time in past thirteen years that The Partners Group has been honored by The Portland Business Journal for this prestigious award. Since 2010, The Partners Group has experienced 98.61% growth. Founder Bruce Kerr accepted the award on behalf of The Partners Group.

Regarding the award, The Portland Business Journal […]

Collaboration Centric Solution Adds M3 Insurance as New Member Firm

May 14, 2013 - Collaboration Centric Solutions (C2) is proud to welcome M3 Insurance (M3) as a new member firm. C2 is a joint venture founded by leading employee benefit consulting firms, including Kistler Tiffany Benefits, McGohan Brabender, MHBT Inc., The Partners Group and William Gallagher Associates.

The addition of M3 Insurance provides expanded reach and expertise while complementing the current robust services that C2 member firms offer to their clients. C2 now has more than 30 strategically located offices throughout the country; this joint venture transforms regionally independent firms to the fifth largest privately held employee benefits firm in the nation. Strategic collaboration with carriers, vendors and members to create innovative product and service offerings while delivering greater quality and value to clients is the core of C2′s vision and purpose. C2 firms are able to offer the widest variety of products and services to their valued clients.

The member firms come together to form […]

The Partners Group and Marathon Wealth Management Combine to Offer Clients Financial Planning plus Insurance and Benefits Services

Portland, Ore., May 13, 2013 – The Partners Group and Marathon Wealth Management are joining forces to further expand the services and expertise they offer clients.

By pooling resources, the two independent companies will provide synergy as leaders in wealth management, plus offer Marathon clients access to expanded services within The Partner Group’s full suite of employee benefits and insurance products. The two organizations will combine under The Partners Group name.

“We are pleased to welcome Marathon Wealth Management’s accomplished professionals and believe that our combined expertise will benefit our clients, who rely on our counsel for their financial health,” said Rod Cruickshank, President and CEO of The Partners Group. “We are offering both our client groups a financially strong partner for the long term and believe that our expanded group of advisors will allow us to service the demand we are seeing in all these areas.”

“We are looking forward to […]

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Bend, OR 97702
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