About Us


Why Ward?

Ward Insurance is an independently owned and managed insurance agency so it’s easy for us to focus first on the needs of our clients, not outside investors. We protect business and personal assets in over 40 states.  And, we do it with 70 deeply experienced industry insurance experts who know your industry as well as they know insurance.

Our Employees

Many of our agents and employees come to Ward Insurance with an insurance background. But, there are also many who have history working in a specific industry and then have learned how to apply that hands-on knowledge to insurance.

Your agent, loss prevention specialist, workers’ compensation contact, and support staff all understand your industry and speak its language. That’s how Ward Insurance makes sure you have the right coverage and protection. That’s how Ward Insurance covers you with expertise.

And that expertise is backed up by many professional insurance designations including:

  • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
  • Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI)
  • Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)
  • Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  • Registered Health Underwriter (RHU)

Community Involvement

As a business, we support various agencies and activities that make our community a better place to live. Whether it is sponsoring golf tournaments or auctions, providing monetary donations to organizations or time donations from our staff, we believe we have a responsibility to help build a strong community.

Some of the organizations we support:

  • St Vincent DePaul
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • The Relief Nursery
  • Toys for Tots
  • Children’s Miracle Network
  • Emerald Kidsports

Our History

Here’s the story of Steve Ward who, along with his father Jack, founded Ward Insurance in 1987.

Steve Ward
As Chairman of Ward Insurance, Steve Ward has been a powerful force in the insurance industry for over 35 years. Steve developed his work ethic in his childhood when he would spend summers picking strawberries, and as he grew older working at Hammer Lumber or bussing tables at the local eatery Pop’s Branding Iron in Albany, Oregon. When he wasn’t busy working, or studying his favorite subjects (science and math), Steve enjoyed hunting and fishing.

During his time at Oregon State University, Steve became a member of Sigma Nu, whose mission is to “relentlessly pursue excellence, while never compromising our values*” – a pledge to which Steve continues to demonstrate his commitment. In addition to studying finance, in his very first week on campus Steve met his future wife, Kim, with whom he has shared 31 years of marriage and three daughters.

After graduating from OSU with a B.A. in Finance, Steve got his start in the insurance industry with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. In doing so, he followed in his father’s – Jack Ward’s – footsteps, as Jack Ward had already made a name for himself in the industry.

In 1987, the global firm Marsh & McLennan divested their Eugene office to Steve and Jack. Father and son formed Ward Insurance, and Jack let his son take the lead in running the company. It was Steve, along with partners Rob Harvey, Bob Powell, Pete Cassinelli, and Ed Barclay, who grew the operation into one of the largest locally owned Eugene-based companies