About

We are a Northwest-based Excess and Surplus Lines broker headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The company was started by industry veterans who have worked for over 30 years in the insurance business on the carrier, retail and wholesale sides. The diverse background gives us a unique knowledge of the needs of the buyer, retailer and the carrier.

We provide the following key benefits to independent agents and brokers:

  • Exceptional access to more than 100 standard and specialty carriers, domestic and foreign
  • Innovative, exclusive insurance programs for niche businesses and industries
  • The ability to identify untapped market capability and capacity
  • Product expertise
  • Highest rate of return to our retailers


Our goal is to help agents and brokers serve their clients by providing fast, honest service …product expertise …market knowledge…and identification of new revenue streams and business opportunities.

Tom Barber
President of MeerKats Group

Tom started his insurance career with Chubb in their loss control department. After 4 years he became a loss control manager in Chubb’s Las Angeles office. He was then transfered to Portland and transferred into underwriting where he managed Chubb’s executive risk department placing Directors & Officers liability, Fiduciary liability, Employment Practices and Crime coverages.

After 10 years with Chubb Tom moved to the retail side working for Marsh & McLennan on large risk management accounts which included all the coverages for Jeld-Wen, Nike’s foreign coverage, Red Lion hotels property coverage and coverages for ESCO.

Tom left Marsh & McLennan after 9 years to open the Portland Alexander Morford & Woo office. Tom was the manger and broker for all lines of coverage. Tom grew the office from 1 employee to 9 employees with a significant premium volume.

Tom enjoys Photography, Website Design, Tennis, Biking and of course, having fun in life.