News & Updates

Please browse the articles below for more information about the Hagan Hamilton and the insurance industry.

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.

Hagan Hamilton makes ‘best’ employers list

McMinnville’s Companies Makes the 100 Best Companies to Work For List (2008)

100 Best

Portland, OR-Oregon Business magazine released the 2008 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon list at a special event on February 26th at the Oregon Convention Center. Close to a thousand business leaders from around the state attended the event, which featured a keynote address by Ray Davis, President and CEO of Umpqua Bank – a 12-time 100 Best Company winner.

The 100 Best Companies list recognizes 50 large companies, defined as those with more than 250 employees and 50 small companies, defined as those with less than 250 employees, for excellence the following areas: benefits and compensation, work environment; decision-making and trust; performance management; and career development and learning. The top five companies in each category received recognition from their peers at the event on February 26th. The complete 100 Best Companies list is published in the March 2008 issue of Oregon Business magazine.

The top large company on this year’s list for the third year in a row, is U.S. Cellular, of Medford, Ore. The other large companies recognized at the event are, in order of rank, Edge Wireless LLC, GVA Kidder Mathews, Grant Thornton LLP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The leading small company in 2008 is Staff Finders Technical of Oregon of Beaverton, Ore., followed in order of rank, by United Risk Solutions, EdgeLink LLC, Rose City Mortgage Specialists and Grady Britton.

McMinnville’s Hagan Hamilton Insurance Services ranked 36th in this year’s 100 Best Companies list.

A record number of companies and employees participated in the 2008 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon survey, with over 25,000 employees at 312 companies filling out confidential surveys this year to help determine the final rankings.

“Getting on the 100 Best List is not easy, those that do make this list are great examples of workplaces that truly stand out.” says Oregon Business Editor Robin Doussard.

The Oregon Business 100 Best Companies to Work For survey

Oregon Business has conducted the annual study of best practices for the last 15 years. The survey has two parts — a satisfaction survey completed by employees and a benefits survey submitted by company management. Rankings are derived from scores of both parts of the survey, with the employee survey counting for 5/6 of the total score, and the benefit survey counting for the remaining 1/6 of the total score.

About Oregon Business Magazine

Oregon Business is the only magazine covering businesses and the people who run them throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Founded in 1981, Oregon Business focuses on the key issues facing companies of all sizes and sectors throughout the region.

About the Sponsors of the 100 Best Companies Event

SAIF Corporation is Oregon’s state-chartered, not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company. SAIF makes workers’ compensation insurance and services available to the employers of Oregon and helps strengthen the economy by keeping costs affordable and workplaces safe.

Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system comprised of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Permanente Medical Groups. Kaiser has approximately 8.2 million members and over 150,000 employees and physicians. Kaiser’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality health care services and improve the health of their members and the communities they serve.

OregonLive.com is the No. 1 local website in Oregon for news and information with an audience of more than 979,000 unique visitors per month. Their large, diverse audience and Best Local Jobs section make OregonLive.com a top recruiting resource.

HR Answers, Inc. is a free-standing HR Department for hire. Partnering with organizations of all types and sizes to address critical people issues ranging from what to pay employees to compliance with a myriad of regulations/laws to teaching supervisors all the things that they need to know to minimize employment risk. The hallmarks of HR Answers are practical ideas, skilled knowledgeable advisors, and the ability to assist with implementation so that positive business results are achieved.

The WorkSource Oregon Employment Department serves businesses by recruiting and referring the best qualified applicants to jobs, and providing resources to job seekers in support of their employment needs. The department also supports economic stability for Oregonians and communities during times of unemployment through the payment of unemployment benefits.

Hagan Hamilton makes ‘best’ employers list (2005)

Reprinted with permission from an article published
in the March 5, 2005 edition of the News-Register

Hagan Hamilton Insurance has been named to the Oregon Business annual list of the state’s 100 best employers.

100 Best

The magazine annually cites 50 companies with more than 250 employees and 50 with fewer than 250 employees. It attempts to measure for excellence in five categories: attraction, retention and rewards; work environment; decision-making and trust; performance management; and career development and learning.

The magazine ranked Hagan Hamilton No. 48 among small businesses. The complete list appears in the magazine’s March issue.

“With an even broader cross-section of companies participating, this year’s 100 best companies survey has given us new insights into how Oregon companies are working to foster workplace excellence,” said Editor Mitchell Hartman.

Founded in 1981, the magazine is published monthly by Mediamerica Inc., a Portland-based company that also publishes the Portland and the Pacific Northwest and the Oregon Home titles.

Hagan Hamilton Recognized For Top Sales

Hagan Hamilton Insurance Services was recognized by Liberty Northwest Insurance Company of Portland for achieving top sales. This places them among the top five percent of agencies in Oregon, according to Sharon Cook, senior marketing representative for Liberty Northwest.

In recognizing Hagan Hamilton as a “notable performer,” Cook said the announcement last month coincided with a milestone – the 50th anniversary of when Hagan Hamilton and Liberty Northwest began their business relationship.

“Although our companies have changed names, we’ve been working with Hagan Hamilton since 1954,” said Cook. “The employees of Hagan Hamilton were instrumental in achieving such a high level of performance,” she added.

“Both companies are committed to providing outstanding service to Oregon residents, and that is what makes this long-term relationship such a success,” said Rick John, president of Hagan Hamilton.

Hagan Hamilton is an independent, full-service insurance agency that offers a wide selection of insurance products from a variety of companies to meet diverse needs. Locally owned, Hagan Hamilton has offices in McMinnville, Newberg and Sheridan. For your personal insurance review on your life, auto, home, health, business or long-term care insurance, contact an agent.

New PPO Plan Gives Medicare Beneficiaries the Advantage


Take advantage of a new way to bridge the gap between Medicare benefits and full healthcare coverage…MedAdvantage, a newly designed PPO especially for Medicare beneficiaries from Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon.

The advantages of the plan are many, including:

  • A $5 co-pay for most doctor visits
  • No referrals required
  • Coverage for eye exams and eyeglasses
  • Diagnostic hearing exams and discounts on hearing aids
  • Dental exams, cleanings and x-rays (up to $500 per year)
  • Prescription discounts

Blue Cross

The plan is easy to use with almost no paper work and there are no age limits! In addition to all these advantages comes the peace of mind of having comprehensive and affordable health coverage. Your Hagan Hamilton agent can help you decide if MedAdvantage is right for you.