Our founding partner, Ralph Householder, began his insurance career in 1997 and opened Priority Insurance with David in 2013 to better serve his clients as an independent agent. Ralph was a dedicated husband and grandfather as well as an avid fisherman. Over his career he also participated in his networking group for over 19 years, including serving as president 4 times. Ralph passed away in November of 2020 and David continues their commitment to their Priority Insurance clients. Ralph’s original motto still holds true for the Priority Insurance family:
“We may not be the best-looking agents in town, but you can’t beat our customer service!”
David Bates started his insurance career with Priority Insurance in 2013 and was inspired to focus on developing superior customer service and lasting relationships. David’s services reflect his dedication to his family, which includes his wife, Stephanie, a Registered Nurse, and their two young daughters. After graduating from Oregon State University, David has focused on helping his clients achieve their goals and maintaining a steady presence with several non-profits and networking groups. In his free time, David enjoys sporting events, participating in local community activities, checking out cars and camping with his beautiful family.
Stephanie Rock joined Priority Insurance as a part time Office Manager in January of 2021. Prior to beginning her insurance career, Stephanie celebrated 15 years of marriage to her husband, Nick, and focused on raising their two fantastic daughters and their very silly dog. Stephanie graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Business Administration in western New York prior to moving their family to Oregon in 2009. Stephanie continues to enjoy a love of reading and writing while also planning all sorts of activities for friends and family.