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, 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. Cruickshank served as President since 1995 and President & CEO since 2011.

In 2020, The Partners Group named Brad Nantz its newest President. Nantz joined The Partners Group in 2015 as Executive VP of Physicians Advisory Services after over 30 years’ experience in the employee benefits industry.



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