President & CEO Roderick Cruickshank shows off the Portland Business Journal Lighthouse Award as The Partners Group appeared in the PBJ100 for more than five straight years.

PORTLAND, OR, June 19, 2014 – The results are in and the winners have been announced for the 2014 Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Portland, OR area. The Hilton Hotel ballroom in downtown Portland was filled with hundreds of people on Thursday, June 12, 2014 as The Portland Business Journal honored the recipients of the award. The Partners Group (TPG) was again recognized as a Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Company. In addition, The Partners Group received the coveted Lighthouse Award, honoring organizations that have placed on the Top 100 list five consecutive years.

This year marks the 6th consecutive year and the 11th time in the past fourteen years that The Partners Group has been recognized for placing on the Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies list. This year is also the second time that The Partners Group has received the prestigious Lighthouse Award. The Partners Group is one of six companies on the Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies list to receive the Lighthouse Award in 2014. The Lighthouse Award is a hard won and rare achievement. To qualify, a company has to maintain a high level of growth for five consecutive years.

President and CEO Roderick B. Cruickshank, RHU accepted the award on behalf of The Partners Group. Cruickshank credited the persistence of the employees for driving the growth of the company. “This is a people-to-people business and we succeed when we attract good people,” he said. “I often say we are a talent agency. We attract the talent, and they attract good customers.”

Jake Shafer (left) and Roderick Cruickshank (right) hold the Lighthouse Award at the Hilton Hotel ballroom in downtown Portland on June 12, 2014.

When asked by The Portland Business Journal what would change at The Partners Group next year, Cruickshank replied, “office space!” The Partners Group has added 30 employees in the past 18 months and is on track for more hires during 2014. As a result of this tremendous growth, all three of its Northwest-based offices have outgrown their current locations, and The Partners Group will increase office space at new locations in Bend and Portland, OR, as well as Bellevue, WA. Cruickshank added, “This is an exciting time at The Partners Group as we’re aligning our office space with service for our growing client base.”

The Partners Group, with offices in Bellevue, WA, Portland and Bend, OR, is an independent financial services, risk management, commercial/personal insurance and employee benefit consulting firm. The Partners Group is locally owned with national strength due to being a founding member of Collaboration Centric Solutions (C2), the nation’s 5th largest privately held insurance firm serving more than one million households in the United States.