Hurricane Ida; Your Support Can Make A Difference

Only sixteen years after hurricane Katrina devastated the area, our neighbors in the South are facing yet another force of nature. Power outages across New Orleans, destructive winds of up to 145 miles an hour, and life threatening flooding are a result of hurricane Ida which touched down Sunday, August 29, 2021, the strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana since 1950. 

The Red Cross is one of the many organizations rallying to provide support to people from Louisiana to Alabama, providing 600 volunteers on the ground for relief efforts, providing shelter, ready to eat meals and lifesaving blood transfusions. 

To make a donation to relief efforts you can text IDA to 90999 to make a ten dollar donation. You can find more information on the Red Cross relief efforts HERE.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this powerful force of nature.


Portland’s Hidden Oasis

Hidden inside our bustling city lies a treasure known as the SW Trails. Just a few steps from city sidewalks you can enjoy over forty miles of lush greenery, fragrant gardens and peaceful waterways that wind through the neighborhood of Southwest Portland. 

Founder, Don Baack, is an avid Portland walker since 1972. Hindered by the lack of sidewalks in the two hundred and eighty miles of Portland streets, Don worked tirelessly in conjunction with Southwest neighborhoods, the city council and hundreds of volunteers to create a safe place for people to enjoy our city, known today as the SW Trails.

“I had no idea such a beautiful escape was tucked within the city,” Elliott, Powell, Baden and Baker’s Creative Consultant Sherri Sacconaghi said, “ but once I discovered it, hiking the trails has become one of my favorite ways to decompress and enjoy nature.” 

If you are looking for a change of pace, no need to look further than outside your front door. 

The SW Trails system is well marked so even the most directionally impaired can navigate them. (Valued EPB&B insured Heather Dudley (L) and EPB&B Creative Consultant, Sherri Sacconaghi(R), enjoy a day out on the trail.


Meet EPB&B’s New VP of First Impressions

Providing opportunity for a career in insurance is something that is important at Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker. It is in that spirit that we welcome our new Vice President of First Impressions, Sharif Morton, a recent graduate from the University of Portland.

“The VP of First impressions is a chance for a person new to insurance to get hands-on learning of the business,” explains EPB&B president, Marc Baker, “ with the hope that they will show the interest and ability to grow within the agency.”

That is exactly what Olivia Astrue has done.  After graduating from Washington State University and holding down the the front desk for the past year, Olivia has recently obtained her insurance license and is getting ready to start her new position in the personal lines department at EPB&B.  

“It has been so helpful starting in the VP of First impressions role, “ Olivia explains, “having no insurance background, the ability to interact with people in every position at EPB&B over the past year has given me an understanding of how things work within the business, and invaluable preparation for my new position.”  

Other current EPB&B team members who began their insurance career at the front desk of EPB&B include;

  • Jeremy Dickman, Personal Lines Account Manager.
  • Lyndsay Warren, Bonds Account Manager.
  • Oksana Chorna, Commercial Lines Account Manager.
  • Melissa Hedden, Personal Lines Account Manager.
  • Desireae Shorten Commercial Lines Account Manager.

 Welcome Sharif, we look forward to having you as part of the team.  

Welcome Sharif, with Olivia, you are training with the best.


Serving A Meal And A Surprise

Barbecue beef burgers, baked beans, potato salad, and a BIG surprise. That is what the team from Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker served up yesterday for Feed The Hungry Sunday meal service, but that is not all that was on the menu.  Along with their time, EPB&B donated $5,000 to FTH in support of their dedication to helping others in their community. 

Since 1991 Feed The Hungry‘s mission has been to build community by feeding the community, providing hot meals every Sunday to people in need.  Due to COVID restrictions the meals are currently served “to go” rather than the traditional sit down meal, but the food is still hot, delicious and made with love. 

“The passion and dedication of the Feed The Hungry team in helping those in need is second to none,” says EPB&B President Marc Baker. “We are grateful to be in a partnership with FTH for nearly 20 years.”

Providing exceptional service to our customers and dedicated support to our community is what makes the people at EPB&B simply the best in the business. 


Oregon Tradeswomen; Empowerment, Education and Advocacy

One of our favorite things at Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker is having the opportunity to bring attention to incredible non-profits making a difference in our community.  This month we would like to highlight oregontradeswomen, an  EPB&B insured since 2010.

Founded in 1989, Oregon Tradeswomen helps transform lives by building community and economic independence through empowerment, training, career education, advocacy, and leadership development in the skilled trades.  It is founded on the principles that women can attain economic self-sufficiency by pursuing careers in the construction, manufacturing, mechanical, and utility trades while helping the construction trades industry to build a diverse workforce. 

“It is a very cool program,” says EPB&B Commercial Lines Account Manager, Ronni Phillips, “ and the women who run it are all fantastic.” 

And if that isn’t impressive enough, please check out Girlsbuild, run by former Tradeswoman staff member, Katie Hughes, an organization that inspires curiosity and confidence in girls through the world of building.  

Thank you for all you do to help change the lives of others in our community.