TPG Teams Compete in American Lung Association’s Stair Climb Fundraiser

The Partners Group employees participated in the Fight for Air Climb in Portland, OR and in Seattle, WA.

The Partners Group, a leading Northwest based financial and insurance consulting firm, had employees compete in a friendly competition during the Fight For Air Climb. The employees below signed up to participate in a fundraising event where you climb stairs in skyscrapers while raising money for the American Lung Association. On top of this fundraising event, TPG challenged local offices in Bellevue and Portland to see which of The Partners Group locations could climb more flights of stairs. Although the competition was fun, the goal was to support the American Lung Association. Thanks to the employees, the American Lung Association received $1,386 in donations.

TPG Employees in Bellevue, Washington: (left to right) Paul Vlcek – Commercial Insurance Account Executive, Mike Gano – Managing Partner of the Commercial Insurance division, Christine Morgan – Account Executive in the Employee Benefits division, Bill Baldwin – Partner and Founder, and Scott Handler – Commercial Insurance Account Assistant.

TPG Employees in Portland, Oregon: (left to right) JoAnne Sweeney – Managing Director of the Private Client Services division, Katie Peterson – Consultant in the Employee Benefits division, Doreen Barnhouse – VP of Operations, Doug Van Allen – Senior Financial Advisor in the Private Client Services division, and Holly Fraser-Witt – Consultant in the Benefit Partners sector.

Doreen Barnhouse, VP of Operations at The Partners Group, said “Wellness is an important component of a healthy work environment at The Partners Group, and we provide many opportunities for our employees to be active, participate or reach a new fitness goal. We believe in practicing what we preach and to lead by example as we recommend and implement wellness plans to our clients. Wellness is more than physical, as we believe a healthy family and community leads to good mental health for our employees, and connects us to our values. Wellness points can be earned by volunteering, giving blood and coaching a kids sports team, as well as participating in company sponsored walking events, lunch and learns, no sugar challenges or team 5k’s put on by local organizations we support. We have fun – which is a core value at TPG, and we believe this is a key component in a competitive benefit package to attract and retain quality employees.”

“TPG’s wellness program, The PEACE Project, is not to focus solely on self well-being, but on a more wholesome picture as it focuses on personal, community, and family wellness,” says Dena Holley, Human Resource Specialist at The Partners Group. “TPG provides opportunities throughout the year to support, encourage, and drive our employees to pursue choices that result in healthier lifestyles for themselves and their families. We recognize, as do our employees, that healthier lifestyles lead to a more enriching life. We use a points based program that is tied to health plan contribution incentives to engage our employees, which has resulted in 100% participation over the course of four years. The PEACE Project ensures that “wellness” reaches more than just our employees, but also their families and communities. To The Partners Group, this is the definition of success.”

As the largest fundraising climb program in the country that supports the American Lung Association, the Fight for Air Climbs make a significant impact on those affected by lung disease. The funds raised support research, education and patient programs to help the millions of Americans impacted by asthma, COPD, lung cancer, air pollution and other lung diseases.

About The Partners Group: Founded in 1981, The Partners Group has been serving the financial and insurance needs of employers, medical professionals, and successful individuals for over 30 years. We are an independent consulting firm with services including employee benefits, business consulting, retirement planning and investment services, commercial and individual insurance. The Partners Group has offices in Bellevue, WA; Portland, OR; Lake Oswego, OR; Bend, OR; and Bozeman, MT. For more information, please visit


Employee Benefits

The Employee Benefits Division of The Partners Group serves the employee benefit needs of over 500 West Coast employers, with offices in Portland, Lake Oswego, and Bend, OR; Bellevue, WA; and Bozeman MT. Our benefits consulting team specializes in providing a highly-consultative approach coupled with problem-solving wellness analytics, to help employers reduce healthcare costs, improve employee health, and create long-term health plan stability.

Business Consulting

The Business Consulting Division of The Partners Group is dedicated to consulting with healthcare systems and jumbo employers to manage the health and well being of their employees, families, and communities. Our focus is to provide an innovative, solution-oriented service that capitalizes on data to pinpoint potential problems. Whether it be uncovering potential sources of escalating healthcare costs, or other anomalies in data, this service provides endless, problem-solving advantages to a variety of industries.

Commercial Insurance

The Partners Group Commercial Insurance Division manages the business risks for hundreds of employers. We provide an unmatched depth and breadth in commercial insurance and risk management services combined with extraordinary people who possess an unusual ability to connect on a personal level. We work hard to understand the unique risks and exposures of your business, and identify the solutions to provide the right coverage for the right price. As an independent company The Partners Group can tailor solutions to work specifically for you, even creating new policies and programs, if that’s what you need.

Private Client Services

The Partners Group Private Client Services Division advises business owners and high income shareholder groups comprising just over 3,200 successful individuals, families and medical professionals on investment services, retirement planning, and personal insurance. We’ve been in business for over 30 years as a privately held company based in the Northwest, and we’re here to stay. Additionally, we are not tied to products and plans. We provide various platforms and a multitude of options to fit your needs, which can change over time as your life changes. When you work with TPG Private Client Services, you’re dealing with the shareholders of this firm, and we are honored to play a role your life, your family’s lives, and your next generation’s lives.