Stephen Smelley began his insurance career in March, 1989 in Lake Oswego, OR at Safeco Insurance as a Casualty Claims Adjuster. He went on to become a recruiter, marketing representative and to ultimately run the producer development program for the region. Steve left the carrier side of the business to become a broker for Sedgwick in 1996. At Sedgwick and later Marsh, Steve was a Managing Director and served in a variety of roles ranging from direct sales to managing a number of offices practices focused in personal insurance, life insurance, business insurance, employee benefits and surety. In January, 2005, Steve left Marsh to start his own Risk Consulting Practice and consulted with the state of Oregon’s Public Employee Retirement System. Steve joined PayneWest in August, 2005. As the Chief Operating Officer for PayneWest, Steve has been focused on strategic planning, sales and all facets of operations. Steve is a passionate advocate for the PayneWest culture; committing all resources and energy to support Clients, Colleagues and Communities and building a company that always strives to improve. Steve refers to it as “+ONE”. Steve is married to his high school sweetheart, LeeAnn and has two grown daughters, Dallas and Elodee. When not working, Steve enjoys time with family and friends, cooking and entertaining, physical fitness activities, wine tasting, movies and riding his Harley when the weather is nice.