100 Best: In the family

| Print |  Email
Articles - March 2013
Friday, March 01, 2013
0313 100BestFeature PacificBenefitConsultants 01
Above: Employees at Pacific Benefit Consultants are encouraged to offer feedback and make suggestions. “We make them a part of every process,” says president Brian Lamb. Clockwise from left: Jeff Clontz, Jeanette Burroughs, Andy Miller, Tomi Purcell, Tracy Bedortha, Diane Dragt, Jan Larsen and Daphne Brown.
Below: Hilary Starnes entertains a little one at Pacific Benefit Consultants. “Family is very important to us,” says vice president Shelli Anderson.
0313 100BestFeature PacificBenefitConsultants 02
0313 100BestFeature PacificBenefitConsultants 03
Employee Janine Amador practices her putting in the hallway.
// Photos by Eric Naslund
 

Pacific Benefit Consultants

Location: Eugene

Rank: 17th best medium company

Years on the list: 12

When one of the younger employees on a committee overseeing the revamp of Pacific Benefit Consultants’ website said that all the photos on the existing site looked “stodgy,” no one got upset. Instead, the insurance agency’s  higher-ups took her comments into consideration — and will be updating all the photos.

“It’s needed some major upgrading,” says vice president Pat Cross, referring to the new site. “We did take that input.”

The light-hearted suggestion is just one example of how open communication helps make Pacific Benefit Consultants a great place to work, according to president Brian Lamb. 

“We highly value our employees,” he says. “We make them a part of every process and always think about what we can do to get their feedback and leadership.” 

The 38 employees at the agency also find themselves working flexible schedules that allow for a better work-life balance. And if someone’s out sick or otherwise off work, the rest of the team makes sure nothing gets left undone. 

Thanks to the creation of an employee-operations team, staff members also oversee planning and budgeting for company events like the annual holiday party or regular all-staff breakfasts. 

“That is a buy-in to the direction and leadership of the company,” Lamb says. “They are making decisions and not waiting to see what we do next.” 



 

More Articles

A legislative preview — and celebration

News
Friday, January 23, 2015
012315-speaker-thumbBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

The Northwest Environmental Business Council previews the 2015 legislative agenda as Hatch Oregon celebrates Oregon's new community crowdfunding rules.


Read more...

See How They Run

January-Powerbook 2015
Friday, December 12, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

Studying ground-running birds, a group that ranks among nature's speediest and most agile bipedal runners, to build a faster robot.


Read more...

Powerbook Perspective

January-Powerbook 2015
Friday, December 12, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


Read more...

Corner Office: Marv LaPorte

January-Powerbook 2015
Saturday, December 13, 2014

The president of LaPorte & Associates lets us in on his day-to-day life.


Read more...

Crowdfunding 2.0

News
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
120214-crowdfund-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

A conversation with attorney Erich Merrill about the latest way to raise money from large groups of people.


Read more...

4 married couples who work together

The Latest
Thursday, January 22, 2015
IMG 0020BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

They say maintaining a healthy marriage takes work. So does running a business with your spouse.


Read more...

Transportation Fairness Alliance holds demonstration in Pioneer Square

The Latest
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
IMG 3367BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Portland's cab companies urged city hall for consideration as officials weigh new rules for Uber and other ridesharing companies.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS