Member Spotlight: The Partners Group

Independent and Privately Owned – Founded in the Northwest in 1981, The Partners Group helps businesses and individuals solve problems and grow through custom strategies in insurance, employee benefits, and financial consulting. Headquartered in Oregon, TPG has grown to over 200 employees, with offices in Oregon, Washington, Texas, and Idaho, and is ranked one of the Top 100 largest insurance brokerage firms in the United States. Today, TPG is the largest independent brokerage firm in the Pacific Northwest, with an office in Bend for nearly 20 years. John Hartz, Partner at TPG, joined the company and the Bend community with his family in 2016.

As EDCO members, John and his team have built a reputation for coordinating employee benefits and commercial insurance strategies for companies around Central Oregon. Local industries include hospitals, healthcare clinics, non-profits, hospitality, manufacturing, and breweries, to name a few.

Trends in Benefits and Administration

Attracting and retaining top talent has always been a key focus for employers, now more than ever with the challenges presented by COVID-19, remote workforces, cost of living, competitive compensation packages, and so on. Benefit programs can be the deciding factor for savvy job applicants, while comprehensive benefit plans and strategies can make all the difference for employers. Benefit administration, online enrollment, and benefit education are always hot topics. Low- to no-cost benefit choices in addition to core benefits offered by employers for employees are also important pieces of the overall benefits picture (i.e., robust employee assistance programs [EAP], mental health programs, supplemental health benefits, income protection, life insurance, fertility and family-forming benefits, tuition reimbursement, pet insurance, etc.).

Paid Leave Oregon – Coming Soon!

TPG is heavily focused on helping our clients prepare for Paid Leave Oregon, a new payroll tax that will provide family and medical leave benefits to all eligible workers (payroll deductions begin January 1, 2023 – benefit payments begin September 3, 2023). TPG provides their clients a Financial Impact Analysis that estimates the cost of the tax to the employer and employee based on their number of eligible employees and helps determine if an equivalent plan makes sense. Taking a proactive approach to this new legislation has proven to be helpful for employers to understand their options, in addition to understanding the financial impacts.

Serving the Central Oregon Region

As John explains, “TPG is a purpose-driven, employee-owned organization that strives to make a difference in our communities through our work and inspire others to do the same.” In 2020, TPG set a Give30 goal to give back $30 million in time and funds to our communities, and we are well on our way. Learn more at