EPB&B Awarded Top Workplace

We did it again.  This past week Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker was recognized by The Oregonian as one of the Top Workplaces in Oregon.  This is the seventh time in the past nine years that EPB&B has made the Top Workplaces list of small employers of one hundred employees or less. 

“I am proud that at EPB&B we have a culture of teamwork, trust, appreciation and growth,” says President Marc Baker.  “It is my belief that a positive workplace leads to superior customer service, and our growth in the past decade is confirmation of that.”

A big shout out to our team for making EPB&B such a positive place to work. 

What makes EPB&B a Top Workplace? The amazing people that work here, of course.


A Friend Of The Trees

What sets Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker apart from other businesses is the people.  Not only does the team at EPB&B have the  knowledge and expertise to help you with your insurance needs, they also take time away from the office to give back to the community, like Personal Lines Account Manager Olivia Astrue.  This past weekend Olivia spent the day volunteering at Hoyt Arboretum.

Founded in 1928 to conserve endangered species and educate the community, Hoyt arboretum encompasses 190 acres and 12 miles of hiking trails just outside of Portland. 

“We chose the Hoyt Arboretum because it was a place my grandma really liked,” Olivia explains. “Her birthday was Sept 6 so we wanted to do something to remember her. She passed from Alzheimer’s a few years ago and has a bench out at the Arboretum with her name on it that we like to visit when we’re missing her.”

With  only two full time employees, Hoyt Arboretum relies heavily on volunteers.  During COVID, people are out enjoying outdoor spaces like never before so volunteer help  is needed now more than ever. 

Thank you Olivia for spending the time giving back to the community.  We think you made Grandma very happy too. 

Personal Lines Account Manager, Olivia Astrue, spending her day in nature, and helping the community. Knowing Olivia, there is a big smile under that mask too.


Sharing The Road

After what seems like too long, school busses are back on the road.  And while their slower speed and many stops might slow up your morning commute, they are a vital part of the school day.  Designed for safety, with flashing lights, giant mirrors, stop-sign arms and that bright yellow color, students are seventy times more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus instead of traveling by car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Here are some important reminders in sharing the road with school busses:

  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a bus if it is stopped to load or unload children.
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

Add a smile and a wave to your neighborhood bus driver, after all they are carrying precious cargo. 


EPB&B Welcomes A New Team Member

Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker is happy to welcome Jenifer Lillie to our team as our new Commercial Lines Account Manager, joining Shelly Kidder as part of the Select Team. 

Jenifer comes with over nineteen years of insurance experience on both the carrier and the agency side of the business. 

“A recommendation from a current employee made me consider joining EPB&B as the next step in my professional career, “ Jennifer said.  “It also offers a book of business on which want to work, along with a flexible work environment. 

When she’s not working you will find Jenifer busy reading, kayaking, hiking, and thrift store shopping.

Happy to have you as part of team EPB&B Jenifer!

Happy to have you on the team Jenifer.