30 Jan

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

brokersmakingadifference.

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?!

 

 

 

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18 Nov

NAHU New Member Promotion Pays $250

 

NAHU

Did you know you can earn $250 for every 4 new members you refer to NAHU between June 1st and December 31st, 2014?  Time IS running out so when you’re talking to your industry contacts ask them if they are a NAHU member already.  

Need help with your NAHU elevator speech?

NAHU represents over 100,000 agents, brokers and benefit professionals.
The small monthly dues that I pay are worth it because no other organization fights as hard for me and
my clients. NAHU continues to be a strong voice on Capitol Hill.  NAHU has an “operation shout”  that
allows me and my clients direct access to my members of congress to express our concerns over current
legislation that they are voting on.
I get email updates on news and legislation as well as powerpoint presentations that I can use for my
clients and prospective clients.  This helps me keep my business and my clients prepared for anything.  I
also have the opportunity to attend regular networking meetings that give me critical tools to help me
grow my business.
If you are in this business and making a living you owe it to your clients and your industry to support the
organization that is supporting and fighting for your livelihood!!  You need to be a member!

Membership applications can be found HERE or visit NAHU for more information.