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!”
Today's Priority Insurance:
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. David will be focusing on his networking roles and continuing to lead Priority Insurance as business grows. 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 focused on her husband, Nick, and raising two fantastic kiddos. 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 is getting ready for another adventure by starting grad school in January 2023 to obtain her Masters in Non Profit Leadership through Pacific University while continuing to work in the office. She also enjoys a love of reading and writing while also planning all sorts of activities for friends and family.
Sarah Kellem has recently joined Priority Insurance (October 2022) as a part time Customer Service Representative! Sarah is currently training to obtain her insurance license and is a great fit for our office already. Sarah is a mom of two awesome kids and has been married to Curt for 21 years. Sarah earned her Bachelor's in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked as an RN for 8 years before kids. She enjoyed several years as a stay-at-home mom before diving back into the work force. Her hobbies include playing with her kittens and listening to podcasts.
Office Location: 104 Mill St Suite C Gaston, OR 97119
Mailing Address: 1214 Brookside Avenue Forest Grove, OR 97116