News & Updates

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McMinnville Supervisor Training Series

Trupp HR and Linfield College have partnered together to bring a series of 3 Supervisor Training sessions to McMinnville, all held at Linfield College. The training is designed to equip supervisors, HR Professionals, and Business Leaders with leadership skills and tools to optimize employee engagement and performance. Each course is independent of the others; you may choose to attend individual sessions or the entire series. All half day sessions will be held at Linfield College from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. You can click on the Register Now links below for additional information on each session or you can contact Trupp HR at (503) 828-0255. HRCI and SHRM Credits available!

Session #1: Thursday, July 16th

Employment Law Basics. Register Now.


Session #2: Thursday, July 30th

Unleashing SUPER Supervisors. Register Now.


Session #3: Thursday, August 20th.

Performance Management for an Engaged Workforce. Register Now.




“See Ya Later” Foundation Wins Safeco Make More Happen Award

Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award winner "See Ya Later" Foundation

Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award winner “See Ya Later” Foundation

We are excited for our friends at “See Ya Later” Foundation, because they received the Make More Happen Award from Safeco Insurance. Our own Rosie Garrison nominated SYL for the award back in September, 2014.  After reading through all nomination letters, Safeco selected only 30 non-profits from across the country to receive a $3000 award, and then two from that group to receive a $10,000 1st Place and $5,000 2nd Place award. While SYL did not win 1st or 2nd, all non-profits were listed online and were told to have friends and family vote for them. If the non-profits each reached a certain number of votes, they received an additional $500. “See Ya Later” foundation reached the goal and the total award amount was $3500. We are so honored to be supporting such an inspiring organization, and would like to congratulate them on receiving this award! The future is bright because of the work they do in this community.

On Thursday, December 18th, Safeco Insurance representatives Casie Bowers and LeeAnn Sternes presented this award to Rosie and Carmen Banke of “See Ya Later” Foundation. Pictured above are LeeAnn, Carmen, and Rosie.

Healthcare Reform & Healthcare Costs

Jim Walton (Director of New Sales at Regence BlueCross BlueShield) gave an insightful presentation on Healthcare Reform.  Click on the following link to view his presentation:

Healthcare Reform Presentation

Dan Ordyna (CEO of Willamette Valley Medical Center) also gave a presentation on the costs of healthcare going forward.  Click on the following link to view his presentation:

Healthcare Costs Presentation

Hagan Hamilton Turns 100

Hagan Hamilton’s “roots” go way back in Yamhill County and the company has been a prominent business in McMinnville and surrounding area for over 100 years.

The agency got its start in 1910 as a sole proprietorship known as the W.L. Warren Agency. It had become the Warren & Beeson Agency by 1921, and the Beeson & Baker Agency in the mid to late 1920’s.

Mr. Gordon Carey, a graduate of the University of Oregon, became a key player of the Beeson-Baker Agency when he moved to McMinnville in 1938. Mr. Carey’s early success and business sense resulted in the agency being re-named to the Gordon Carey Insurance Agency in 1942.

By 1953, Gordon Carey had built a very successful insurance agency located at the First Federal Savings and Loan building. He was also extremely active in business and civic circles in McMinnville. It came as a shock to the community when Mr. Carey suddenly passed away from a heart attack at the age of 42 on August 27, 1953.

At the time of his death, Gordon Carey had two prominent employees, Merrill Hagan and Mike Hamilton who functioned in key roles at the agency and continued to help grow the business. By 1961, both Mr. Hagan and Mr. Hamilton arranged to purchase the Gordon Carey agency and subsequently renamed the company to Hagan Hamilton Insurance Services located on the corner of 3rd & Evans.

After many successful years managing Hagan Hamilton, both Mr. Hagan and Mr. Hamilton retired in the late 1970’s. However, by 1980 there were 5 different owners, the country was in the middle of a severe recession and it was a time of uncertainty in the business community. Hagan Hamilton Insurance was not immune from the impacts of the harsh business environment and suffered economically from both the recession and the lack of strategic planning needed to endure the difficult times.

In 1984 Oregon Mutual Insurance Company purchased (saved) the agency and hired Mike Keyes (who is currently CEO for Oregon Mutual) as the General Manager to get things back “on track”. All of Hagan Hamilton’s branch offices were sold and several employees lost their jobs. It was during this time of crisis that Rick John was hired as a life & health and personal lines agent in 1981.

Dale Moore was one of the 5 previous owners that “survived” at the time Oregon Mutual bought the agency in 1984. Over the next several years, Rick and Dale became the top producers at Hagan Hamilton Insurance and distinguished themselves as true business professionals.

In 1991 a dialogue with Oregon Mutual began that resulted in Rick and Dale becoming the new partners/owners of Hagan Hamilton Insurance. Rick and Dale worked closely together, growing the business during the 90’s with an eventual agreement that Rick would become the sole owner of Hagan Hamilton Insurance when Dale retired in 2000.

Since 2000 Hagan Hamilton has purchased 5 agencies, grown to over 11,000 clients, has branch offices in Sheridan and Newberg and most importantly has 44 of the finest, most educated, client-focused insurance professionals in the industry. We are extremely proud of our staff.

It is hoped that this brief summary of Hagan Hamilton’s history and accomplishments has been beneficial for you. We also hope it causes you to have confidence and security knowing that Hagan Hamilton Insurance will make wise decisions and provide our clients with creative and pragmatic options to manage risk in a proactive manner and insure wisely and efficiently.

Health Care Reform Presentation

Learn more about current health reform legislation and what it means for you.

Jared L. Short, President of Regence Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Oregon, gives an insightful presentation.

Download it here.

Oregon Mutual’s Largest Producing Agency

Of Oregon Mutual’s 548 appointed agencies, Hagan Hamilton Insurance stands above them all. With written premiums over $4.6 million and 4,648 policies written with Oregon Mutual and Western Protectors, Hagan Hamilton Insurance is the company’s largest producing agency. With three locations in Yamhill County (McMinnville, Sheridan, and Newberg), the agency currently represents 2.93% of OMI’s total written premium.

In spite of its large premium volume and the slow economy, the agency’s Oregon Mutual business continues to grow. As of November 30, 2009 their YTD increase in written premium exceeds 11% (twice the average increase). H&H premium is up $427,949 overall, with $169,613 in Personal Lines and $258,336 in Commercial Lines. This is quite an accomplishment and representative of Hagan Hamilton’s strong commitment to Oregon Mutual.

Achieving the top agency position within Oregon Mutual didn’t happen overnight. Agency history goes back many years to a time when there were only one or two representing agents in a county. Current agency owner Rick John shared a little history about the evolution of the agency with OMI.

The relationship goes back more than 80 years. Rick’s records go back to the 1920s, when the agency was known as Beeson and Baker. A trip to the OMI library led to discovery of a 1921 annual report which listed all agents by county and the amount of insurance coverage written. For Yamhill County there was a listing for Warren & Beeson writing $1,482,582 in insurance coverage. This was the likely predecessor of Beeson and Baker. Records from 1912 show W.L. Warren in Yamhill County, which probably became Warren & Beeson.

The name Hagan Hamilton came about in 1961. Merrill Hagan joined the agency in 1942, going to work for his brother-inlaw in the Gordon Cary Insurance Agency. Merrill gained partial ownership when Mr. Cary passed away in 1951, sharing ownership with Mrs. Cary until 1961, when Mike Hamilton joined with Merrill to acquire full ownership of the agency. The agency grew to have additional ownership partners and in 1984 was purchased by Oregon Mutual, which owned the agency until 1991, when it was sold to Dale Moore and current owner Rick John. Rick, who joined the agency in 1981, became the full owner in 2000, purchasing Dale’s share upon his retirement.

The agency currently has a staff of 44 helping meet customers’ insurance needs for property, casualty, life, health, and benefits. Written premium and the customer base continue to grow through sales to new clients and acquisition of other agencies. Since 2000 the agency has acquired the John Engle and Gearhart agencies in McMinnville, Hampton Insurance in Sheridan, and Wright Insurance and the Insurance Exchange in Newberg.

Oregon Mutual is fortunate to have a partner in the community like Hagan Hamilton Insurance.

Brothers team up at Hagan Hamilton

The three John brothers have reunited at Hagan Hamilton Insurance Services in McMinnville.

Jim John, a 1981 McMinnville High School graduate and youngest of the siblings, recently moved back to McMinnville after 27 years of working outside the area. He is serving as chief operating officer.

He joins Rick, the oldest brother, who serves as company chief executive officer, and Tony, the middle brother, who works out of the Sheridan office.

Jim served a stint in the U.S. Air Force, then attended Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Wash., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. Afterward, he spent 20 years managing operations for national companies.

“Professionally, I’m looking forward to his expertise and insight that he brings from managing national companies,” Rick said. “Personally, it’s great to have him and his family back in town.”

“Jim knows what we need to keep the bar set high and he’s going to be applying his considerable skills in operations to ensure our customer service continues to come first, even as we grow.”

Hagan Hamilton recently completed a restructuring of its executive team. Joining the brothers are Gary Eastlund, chief sales officer, and Craig McClain, executive vice president.

“Our newly formed executive team combines more than 100 years of successful industry expertise and creative drive to exceed our clients’ service expectations for years to come,” Rick said.

Although the economy appears to be in a downturn, Hagan Hamilton has continued to expand. In the last 10 years, it has grown from 33 to 45 employees and added offices in Sheridan and Newberg.

Its most recent acquisition came May 1, when it purchased the Newberg agency Insurance Exchange. “We built our business on outstanding customer service and we are not willing to sacrifice quality for growth,” Rick said.

Rick started with the company in 1981 and purchased it in 1991. He has served as CEO since 2000.

A key to growth, he said, is employee training.

“We are locally owned and represent a variety of insurance companies, so we can customize insurance plans to fit the individual needs of our clients. And it’s our employees who make that happen,” he said.

Hagan Hamilton employees are some of the best trained in the industry, according to the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.

“We encourage professional growth, and we have a well-educated and well-trained team because we do,” Rick said. “They are the experts in their field, and that’s important to our clients.”

Hagan Hamilton was recently named one of the 100 best companies to work for in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine. The results, based on confidential employee surveys, rank businesses based on salary and benefits, retention and accountability, rewards and incentives, career development and training, diversity, community service, policies and procedures, organizational pride, teamwork, and other qualities.

Hagan Hamilton was the only locally based company to make this year’s list. It also was honored in 2005.

“When you acquire six agencies in 10 years, it’s important to continually assess your internal systems and processes, and that’s what I do,” Jim said. “Rick has done a tremendous job with Hagan Hamilton and I’m honored to be able to work together with him to continue offering the highest level of service.”

Jim’s wife, Darla, is a school teacher. They have a 10-year-old son and 18-year-old twin daughters.

“On a personal note, it’s great to come home to McMinnville,” he said. “I’ve always felt at home here.”

“My grandparents were here in the 1930s and, as kids, we would often visit for the holidays. It’s really a dream come true.”

Hagan Hamilton Acquires Newberg Firm

Rick John, chief executive officer of Hagan Hamilton Insurance Services, and Bern Coleman, owner of Insurance Exchange in Newberg, have announced Hagan Hamilton’s acquisition of the Newberg company. The deal became official May 1.

The Insurance Exchange staff, consisting of Bern Coleman and Sarah Sayre, will continue to serve their clients from Hagan Hamilton’s Newberg Office, located at 1556 E. First St. Bern’s wife, Janice Coleman, has opted to take retirement.

Bern Coleman purchased Insurance Exchange in June 1983. He described the sale to Hagan Hamilton as a “win-win” for clients and the agencies.

“The transition for our clients will be seamless,” he said. “They’ll be able to maintain their same policies with their same insurance companies. That won’t change.

“Hagan Hamilton represents some different companies than we do and we represent some different companies than they do, so all customers will benefit by having more choices to meet their individual and business needs.”

An independent, full-service agency, Hagan Hamilton offers a wide selection of insurance products from a variety of companies to meet diverse needs. Locally owned, it has offices in McMinnville, Sheridan and Newberg.

For more information, call 503-472-2165.