30 Jan

Are you a broker who’s making a difference? We thought so.


NAHU is excited to announce our revitalized Brokers Making a Difference Campaign! In our story submission competition, we are encouraging all members to submit personal brokers making a difference stories as well as solicit testimonials from your clients. For each category – region and chapter – there will be a first, second and third place winner who will receive an American Express Gift Card in the amount of:

Submission’s are accepted December 1st- February 15th, 2015.

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Find out more information on this campaign, HERE.

30 Jan

A candid interview with PAHU past President, Jill Pedersen

Name: Jill Pedersen     

Title: Benefits Advisor

Business: Columbia Benefit Solutions, Inc.

Location: Lake Oswego

City you live in: Oregon City

Worst Job: Orange Julius as a teenager – squeezing oranges on an electric juicer, hour after hour during the holidays was no fun! The palms of my hands were bruised for weeks. I learned that I am not cut out for manual labor, and then I became a mom!

Dream Job: I have it – mother to 3 amazing boys!  But, if you are referring to a “paying” job I would love to be a nurse or doctor – I just don’t have what it takes to pass chemistry and calculus…I’ve seen my kids homework!  I have wanted to be a nurse since I was a kid.  My mom would make me a nurse’s hat and pin it on my head – that dates me!

Favorite Restaurant in Portland: TBD. Still sampling my way through the culinary offerings in town.  I’m from the southwest (transplant of 8 years) and have yet to find a good Mexican spot up here – recommendations would be appreciated!

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Anything poolside! It’s what I call good, clean, fun!  I enjoy camping and short day hikes also, but laying by the pool with palm trees and sunshine trumps it all!

Finish this sentence…”I’m at my happiest when…”   I am with my family.  After 22 years, I am still married to my best friend and I look forward to our weekly dates away from the kids.  We have handsome, respectful, sharp (yes, I’m bragging) boys who are creative and make us laugh every day.  I actually look forward to going home and spending time with all of them!

Favorite movie is… “ELF” – “Smiling’s my favorite!” “Santa’s Here!” Make’s me smile and I quote it all year!

Advice for my Future Self: Keep it simple. (I was going to add something else, but then it would negate my own advice!)

Group/organization/demographic you are most driven to help: I’m a softie for kids.

I talk the most about… Right now, it’s a tossup between pediatric dental and my kids. Depends on the day!

When I have an out-of-town visitor, the top 3 things they should do in Oregon are… #1 Visit in August – you are least likely to encounter rain. #2 Multnomah Falls – it is breathtaking to whoever sees it. #3 Sellwood antique malls – shop till you drop.

How do you take your coffee  I don’t.  I’m not a coffee drinker. If I’m feeling wild and crazy at lunch time I have a Diet Coke on the rocks with a twist!

If you were a super hero what would your super power be and why? I would love to be able to fly.  Traffic is a killer….purely selfish, right?!