Board of Directors

Mark Wilson

(Position #2: Term 2016 - 2019)

EDUCATION: Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Trinity University. 
BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: Mark started in the insurance business in 2004 working for Allied Insurance. Transitioning to an independent agency, he became a commercial lines account executive prior to joining a boutique firm as a producer and operations manager.  In 2018, Mark formed Obsidian Insurance with the goal of bringing superior risk management solutions to select clients throughout the Northwest.  Mark is a licensed Property & Casualty agent, consultant, and surplus lines agent and is involved in all aspects of sales, client services, and agency operations.  In addition, Mark has earned the prestigious CPCU designation.  For Mark, the favorite part of his job is working with a variety of companies to incorporate insurance into the complete business model.  In his free time, Mark enjoys a great assortment of outdoor activities. 

CURRENT POSITION: Owner at Obsidian Insurance, LLC. 

  Cameron Deiss

  Vice President
  (Position #5: Term 2018 - 2021)
  EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Marketing with a minor in Computer Information Science from Southern Oregon University. 

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: Cameron has been with Mid Valley General Agency LLC since 2001 and has held his current position since 2004.  His role includes directing business operations, managing staff, overseeing marketing functions, administering IT resources, and underwriting commercial lines accounts.  He has been involved with numerous agent and carrier advisory boards and continues to maintain active involvement with many industry groups.  Cameron was born and raised in Oregon and currently resides in Salem, OR.  Past SLAOR experience includes Board member from 2014-2017 and President in 2016.    

CURRENT POSITION: President of Mid Valley General Agency LLC (MVGA) located in Salem, OR.    

  Kate Prentice

    Secretary Treasurer
   (Position #3: Term 2017 - 2020)
   EDUCATION: Concordia University with degrees in Education and Psychology.

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: Kate joined the insurance industry in 1997 as an intern with Marsh & McLennan working her way from reception and mailroom to a broker’s desk.  Her career has been blessed with many great mentors teaching her the technical ropes.   Kate specializes in large Risk Management accounts and serves clients in several industries including forestry, manufacturing, retail and staffing.  

CURRENT POSITION: Vice President at Marsh USA Inc. in Portland, OR.  

M'Lissa Rutherford

(Position #1: Term 2016 - 2019)

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: M'Lissa began her insurance career in 1989 working for a retail agency in Arizona.  She moved to Portland in 1990 and was hired as a receptionist and policy typist for Crump Insurance Services, a commercial brokerage firm.  After many years of taking classes and on-the-job training, she moved up the ranks to Associate Broker, then to Broker in 2007, and Vice President in 2013.  Current duties include managing the Portland office, maintaining a book of business, administrative duties and marketing.  Crump was purchased by BB&T in 2012 and currently operates under the CRC name.

CURRENT POSITION: Vice President/Broker for CRC Insurance Services in Portland, Oregon.  

Jim Brown

(Position #4: Term 2018 - 2021)

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: Forty years of insurance experience working for both non-admitted and admitted carriers and in the brokerage environment.  Many years of strategic and versatile professional insurance experience including having a broad knowledge of insurance company marketing techniques developed from working with national and regional carriers.  Past SLAOR experience includes Board member from 2004-2007, 2008-2011, and 2014-2016.  Jim served as President in 2009 and 2010.  

CURRENT POSITION: Marketing Manager for Red Shield Insurance Company and Rainier Insurance Company in Portland, OR.    

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