History & Heritage

History & Heritage2018-06-19T16:42:44+00:00

A History of Success and a Legacy of Service

At The Partners Group, we have a history of success and a legacy of service. Founded by Bruce Kerr in 1981, The Partners Group is known for its commitment to creating solutions to help clients chart a path for success. The Partners Group added a powerful new partnership when we merged with Baldwin Resource Group in 2011. This merger made it possible to offer a full range of commercial insurance and business advisory services, in addition to the robust employee benefits programs and private wealth expertise for which we’ve always been known. Pretty powerful stuff.

Founding Partners left to right: Bruce Kerr, Bill Meacham, Roderick Cruickshank, Bill Baldwin

In the spring of 2016, The Partners Group honored three of its first generation co-founders, Bruce Kerr, Bill Meacham and Bill Baldwin, as they stepped into retirement, leaving behind a legacy of generous community benevolence, stability and success. Their accumulated vision carefully perpetuated our locally owned and independent status, a vision The Partners Group will continue far into the future.

The Partners Group employees: Gus Kiss, Janet Nau, Scott Handler, Laura Dykshoorn, Ryan Stewart, Christine Morgan, Venessa Balow, Mike Arnold, Aurora Williams, Linda Sebeck, Tina Am, Kierstan Alex and Bill Baldwin.

Kerr, Baldwin and Meacham helped build a culture committed to community involvement. Under their stewardship, The Partners Group started a company-wide holiday volunteering program, where every employee donates a day to a local charitable organization and the company makes a donation to each organization. The Partners Group has received multiple corporate philanthropy awards, reflecting the values of our company and commitment to the communities we serve. In addition to our community involvement, we are a regular recipient of the 100 Best Places to Work and the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies awards, among others. Click here to find out more.

Bruce Kerr is pictured above outside of Bruce Kerr Insurance, the business he owned previous to The Partners Group.

Bill Baldwin is pictured above outside of Insurance Associates, the business he owned previous to The Baldwin Resource Group, which merged in 2011 with The Partners Group.

Bruce Kerr, who retired in June, 2016, founded Kerr Insurance in 1981. He formed a partnership with Rod Cruickshank in 1995 and together transformed the company to become The Partners Group in 2000.

The Partners Group merged with Baldwin Resource Group in 2011, founded by Bill Baldwin in 1998. Bill Baldwin retired in June, 2016.

Bill Meacham, who retired in May, 2016, co-founded The Meacham Group, which merged with Baldwin Resource Group in 2006.

Rod Cruickshank, President and CEO of The Partners Group, began his insurance career in 1984 as a sales consultant for one of the largest employee benefit brokerage firms. After working in both the Northwest and Northeast, Cruickshank returned to Portland, Ore. where he joined with partner Bruce Kerr to found The Partners Group.


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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.