Official press release from Assurex Global:

Established by Bruce Kerr as Kerr Insurance in 1981, Kerr partnered with Rod Cruickshank in 1994 to form Kerr-Cruickshank, serving the insurance and benefits needs of the Oregon medical community as the endorsed agent of the Oregon Medical Association. In 1999, The Partners Group was officially formed, expanding employee benefits consulting services to employers outside the medical community. TPG now serves the retirement and commercial property & casualty needs of more than 2,700 employers and more than 600 employee benefits clients.

This firm is now included in the 100 independent brokerages of the worldwide Partnership. Partner Firms must meet stringent selection standards so clients know they are working with the best when choosing an Assurex Global Partner.

The Partners Group is one of the 75 largest insurance brokerage firms in the U.S., ranked 73rd in Business Insurance’s Top 100 list in 2022.

The addition of The Partners Group is part of Assurex Global’s ongoing strategy to add multiple Partner Firms as it continues to grow and enhance its offerings. Assurex Global added nine new Partners Firms in 2022 and continues Partner expansion efforts in 2023.

“We’re thrilled to welcome The Partners Group to our Partnership, bringing over 40 years of invaluable expertise and service,” said Assurex Global President & CEO Dean Hildebrandt. “Their addition propels us further in our drive to grow and bring in more of the best.”

Over 1/3 of its 200+ employees are TPG stockholders and last month TPG announced ownership expansion plans to all full-time employees, making every employee a stockholder by 2026.  The firm has locations in Portland and Bend, Oregon, Renton, Washington, and Boise, Idaho. It also received several awards for being an employer of choice and has been named one of Oregon’s Top Corporate Philanthropists by the Portland Business Journal annually since 2009.

“We are excited to join this Partnership of like-minded insurance brokers who are all the best at what they do and look forward to the new opportunities for growth and success that it will bring,” said Brad Nantz, CEO of The Partners Group. “Being a part of this esteemed group will allow us to share our expertise, collaborate with industry leaders, and ultimately better serve our clients.”

The Partners Group’s specialties include Aviation, Non-Profits, Breweries/Distilleries/Wineries, Healthcare, Construction, Distributors/Wholesalers, Education, Government, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Private Client, Technology, Real Estate, and Entertainment, among more.

About Assurex Global

Assurex Global is the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group. The company operates as an exclusive Partnership, supported by 100 of the world’s most respected and successful insurance brokers. For more information, visit