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About Us

We help employers attract, retain, and reward employees through innovative, customizable, cost effective, healthcare and benefit packages. Through our responsive and empathic customer service, compliance tools, and HR resources, we support your employees with access to physical, financial, mental, and social protections to safeguard their wellbeing.


We started as Compensation Systems NW in the early 1970’s as an in-house group benefit solution within the MassMutual Agency in downtown Portland. In 2005, our president Dan O'Doherty took over from Lee Thurber. The agency grew organically by word of mouth, driven by Dan's passion for solving his clients' benefit challenges.

In 2018, we updated our name to CSNW Benefits to better describe our work as a full-service employee benefits firm.

National Leverage with Local Knowledge & Service

As a local, independent firm we partner with the benefit and vendor solutions best suited to our client’s needs. These relationships give us an edge when negotiating contracts and solving benefit issues. We provide employee benefits programs to more than 400 organizations and 200 individuals including an extensive list of manufacturing and non-profit organizations.

In addition, CSNW Benefits is a state representative of the national, credentialed network of independent employee benefit brokerage and consulting firms: Benefit Advisors Network (BAN).

As a BAN Smart Partner®, we access the collective knowledge and resources of other leading benefit consulting firms across the U.S.—including best practices, industry trends, research data, regulatory guidance, customized technology, and best-in-class products.

As a network, we service over 10,000 employers and 8,500,000 employees, representing all major industries, and have access to a wide range of legal, compliance, and wellness/population health management expertise. Through BAN we offer world class services and solutions that are usually only available through publicly traded national firms while remaining local, accessible, and independent.

Our Approach

Our approach is simple: we’re transparent, comprehensive, and ultra-responsive to whatever the client and market demands. We measure our success by the strength of the relationships we have with both our clients and our business partners. Our client retention rate exceeds industry averages by a significant margin with an average retention for the last three years of 98%.

Whether you’re the owner of a business, a finance/human resource manager, or an individual seeking insurance advice, you’ll appreciate our breadth of knowledge, attention to detail, and our friendly staff.

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