2019 Second Quarter
Sandy Area Sensational Business
Hamburg Insurance – Mary Forrest

Insuring without Limits

By Brittany Allen | Sandy Post – Wednesday, May 29,2019

Mary Forrest Hamburg Insurance

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo By Brittany Allen | Mary Forrest has provided insurance services in Sandy for 19 years.

Mary Forrest has insured everything from businesses to personal property through Farmers for 19 years in Sandy. At her office on Proctor Boulevard, she said she tries to maintain an atmosphere of “yes.”

“I don’t like to tell my clients I can’t do something,” Forrest told The Post. “We like to do whatever we can to help them. The one thing I love about Farmers is we rarely have to say ‘no.’ If it can’t be insured through Farmers, we are licensed with several other companies. We really want to help people, (and) everybody is treated the same.”

As a self-proclaimed people person, Forrest said she enjoys not only helping people, but just getting to know them.

“I like helping people and making sure they have everything they need,” she noted. “But I also feel like I some to work to socialize.”

Forrest was “flattered” to have been considered for the chamber award.

“I love the hometown aspect of Sandy,” she said of the community she’s chosen to work and live in. “I know everybody and everybody knows me.

She noted that even if her clientele are familiar, her job is “never boring,” which she appreciates.

“Every day you come to work and besides the humdrum claims you get these really out-there ones too,” Forrest said.

In the greater community, Forrest has played several roles besides insurance agent. In her almost two decades in Sandy, she’s coached youth softball, been on and off the chamber board, and supplied numerous raffle baskets for events.

I think it helps Sandy as a whole (to volunteer),” Forrest noted. “I also just like to give a hand where a hand is needed.”

The Other Two Nominees

Dolly’s Pet Shoppe

Barlow Trail Veterinary - Sandy, OR -SAS Nominee

Mt. Hood Cigar

Mad Dogs Remote Control Hobbies - Sandy, OR - SAS Nominee

Chew Toys, Small-Town Charm

By Brittany Allen | Sandy Post Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dollys Pet Shoppe - Anna Judd

Photo By Brittany Allen | Anna Judd specializes in selling natural pet food and treats at Dolly’s Pet Shoppe.

 
Similar to Forrest, Anna Judd of Dolly’s Pet Shoppe is community-oriented, though her focus extends to Sandy’s four-legged community as well.

Judd has worked in pet retail for nearly 20 years, opening Dolly’s about 14 years ago.

Recently, Judd hosted a Helping Paws pet food drive for Sandy’s Helping Hands, and in the past has donated items for local raffles and pet food to the Sandy Community Action Center.

At its core, Judd added, the shop is about offering access to quality products to the community.

“I try to offer a better option for our pets,” Judd said. “I think there’s a real need for it.” That need for natural pet food and treats in Sandy is exactly why Judd opened Dolly’s. She was hearing stories from local pet owners of their long commutes to other cities to purchase natural pet food, and took it upon herself to make those products more accessible.

“It’s rewarding to see people not have to travel far for quality food,” Judd noted. “I’m pretty unique in that you don’t see in my store what you’re going to see in the grocery stores in town.”

Judd was excited to learn that residents had voted her as a nominee for the Sensational Business award.

“I was trying to figure out who and why I was voted,” she said. “I’m really grateful that someone thinks I’m worthy of being nominated.”

Smoking the Competition

Written by Brittany Allen | Sandy Post Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Mt Hood Cigars - Dixie and Chris Bailey

Photo By Brittany Allen | Dixie and Chris Bailey have owned Mt. Hood Cigar Co., for just over a year.

 
Within a year of opening, Mt. Hood Cigar Co. has also made a name for itself. Being the new kids on the block, however, Chris and Dixie Bailey were excited and surprised to be nominated for the Sensational Business award.

“The community’s so helpful,” Dixie noted. “It’s amazing to have so many great people in one small town.”

Chris attributes the shop’s success to the fact that they’re “more involved in the community than most cigar shops.”

“We’re people people, ” Chris said. “We enjoy smoking with people and talking to people. We’re family friendly, too.”

Though they run a cigar shop, the Bailey’s try to attend events that are for everybody, and help out at or sponsor events for kids.

Last year they volunteered at the Kidd’s Island Teriyaki Christmas dinner for children in need and hosted a booth at the Sandy Music Fair and Feast chamber event and at the Sweets and Wine fundraiser for the chamber. They both also serve on board for the charity Riders Needing Assistance, which offers financial help to families of injured motorcyclists, and they lead the new local chapter.

As a business, Mt. Hood Cigar Co. offers a more “boutique” cigar collection, as well as more mainstream staples.

The Baileys are happy to volunteer in the community because it helps raise awareness of their business, but they also enjoy having a business that has provided them an outlet to give back.

2019 First Quarter
Sandy Area Sensational Business
BeaverBrooke Dental

BeaverBrooke Dental

Dentist puts Quality Care at Root of Business

By Brittany Allen | Sandy Post – Wednesday, March 06,2019

Photo By Brittany Allen | Dr. Ken Claggett prides himself on having a staff that is well-trained ‘not only technically, but on working with people.’

 

Photo By Brittany Allen | Dr. Ken Claggett prides himself on having a staff that is well-trained ‘not only technically, but on working with people.’

In the 39 years Dr. Ken Claggett has provided dental care to patients of BeaverBrooke Family Dental, he said the reasons he loves his job have surely changed.

His initial assessment as a young boy in junior high school was that being a dentist “seems like a good job,” then as soon as he began practicing after graduating from OHSU, Claggett found he appreciated the feeling of helping people.

“In the beginning, it was about helping people and the challenge of it all,” he noted. “In the last 15 years, the challenge has been all of the new technology. The stuff we’re able to do now is amazing.”

Claggett actually attributes part of why BeaverBrooke is so successful — and received the chamber award nomination — to the office’s tech savvy. Having the technological capabilities they do, the staff at BeaverBrooke can provide a variety of services, and sometimes at a more efficient rate.

Of course, having a staff that can operate said equipment is also important, and Claggett is proud of the team he’s assembled.

“We really work hard to train our staff really well, not only technically, but with working with people,” Claggett explained.

Now, in the latter half of his career, Claggett said he’s been surprised by how much of his job is dedicating time to educating the next generation of dentists.

“It’s started to be like mentoring and giving back by helping (others learn about dentistry),” he said. “It’s really fun to see you can have that guiding role as well.”

One “mentee” of Claggett’s, who will graduate from OHSU and join the practice in June, is the doctor’s son, Ethan Claggett.

Another way Claggett has found to give back to his community is by setting aside funds to ensure that everyone who needs dental care can receive it.

“Probably the highest-value thing I can do is provide dental care to people who can’t afford it,” Claggett noted. “We try to be really accommodating. We’ll always try to get people in if they need care.”

Most of Claggett’s community involvement does happen in his office at 39055 Pioneer Blvd. Besides acting as a resource for those in need, he’s also enjoyed the families he’s gotten to know through the years in Sandy.

“It’s fun to see a lot of patients who are related to each other,” Claggett told The Post. “Sandy’s a fun town and most of the people are very nice. I was pretty surprised to hear we were nominated for the chamber award. It’s nice to be well-known in the community, but I never thought we were that well-known.”

The Other Two Nominees

Barlow Trail Veterinary Clinic

Barlow Trail Veterinary - Sandy, OR -SAS Nominee

American Family Insurance – Matt Moffat

Mad Dogs Remote Control Hobbies - Sandy, OR - SAS Nominee

Business Owners Care for Creatures, Create Community

By Brittany Allen | Sandy Post Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Barlow Trail Veterinary

Photo By Brittany Allen | Dr. Ken Claggett prides himself on having a staff that is well-trained ‘not only technically, but on working with people.’

 

Though the veterinary clinic at 39231 Proctor Blvd. has known many owners over the years, it’s the customer service of Jaime Houston, Shan Hill and their team at Barlow Trail Veterinary Clinic that has earned them a nomination for this quarter’s business award.

“We kind of brag on this. We’re not a cheap clinic,” Shan Hill told The Post. “We make it a point to practice best medicine first.”

Hill added that though they charge “best medicine” prices, they also do try to work with people to prioritize services in a way that makes their care affordable for everything from pocket pets like rats to alpacas.

“The most important thing is taking care of the patient, followed immediately by taking care of the client,” Hill noted. “When something is important to us, we’ll present best medicine first, but we’ll ask what you can afford.”

Houston and Hill, a couple, co-own the clinic. Houston is the head veterinary mind, while Hill’s skills are mainly on the business side. He manages the clinic.

“My job is really about hiring discipline and schedules,” Hill said. “It’s ironic because I probably know the least about veterinary medicine.”

However, he knows the community.

“One of our core values at the clinic is community,” Hill noted. “We pay our employees to spend time volunteering. A lot of our volunteer work is done behind the scenes.”

Hill himself has served with groups, such as Compassion Sandy, Sandy Connect, the Sandy Community Action Center and the Fences for Fido program through actual service hours and in-kind donations.

At the clinic they even have an “angel fund” to help those in need of financial assistance to pay bills.

“I love the community feel in Sandy,” Hill said. “I’ve never been in a town that has such a community feel. Now I live in the best town. I think it’s an honor to be recognized (for our service).”

Matt Moffat: Meeting Everyday Needs with Small-Town Care

Written by Brittany Allen | Sandy Post Wednesday, February 20, 2019

American Family Insurance- Matt Moffat

Photo By Brittany Allen American Family agents Russ Thompson, Nikki Skinner and Matt Moffat have served the Sandy community for decades at 38965 Pioneer Blvd.

While Sandyites wonder how much winter is left before signs of spring start to appear, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce is eagerly waiting to see who will receive the next Sandy Area Sensational (SAS) Business award.

This quarter’s nominees are Matt Moffat with American Family Insurance, Barlow Trail Veterinary Clinic and BeaverBrooke Family Dental.

The Post will run profiles of all three businesses in the following weeks to inform voters on their choices before the March 15 voting deadline.

Matt Moffat has been in the insurance game for more than 20 years, serving the Sandy community for most of his career. Formerly an agent for California Casualty, Moffat set up shop in Sandy in September 1999, at the very location he remains in today at 38965 Pioneer Blvd.

Moffat left California Casualty after three years because the local branch was becoming a call center, so it was either find another job or be moved to a different state.

“I decided American Family would be a good fit for my family,” Moffat told The Post. “It’s a very customer service-oriented company. American Family is headquartered in Madison, Wis., and it somehow retains that small-town service attitude, and I think that’s reflected in the company and its agencies.”

Moffat chose Sandy for that same small-town feel, which he said mirrored the atmosphere of his hometown of Palmer, Ala.

Ironically, as a young adult, Moffat did not set out to go into the insurance business, even though a high school aptitude test suggested he should.

Moffat got his beginning experience in service and working with people first from a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, then through working with people with disabilities.

In the end, insurance won out because of “the combination of sales and service, both of which I really enjoy.”

Through American Family, Moffat and his two-person team — Nikki Skinner and Russ Thompson — offer insurance for everything, including your car, business, life and commercial enterprises.

Outside of the office, the agents also volunteer several hours with organizations like the Sandy Public Library, the AntFarm YouthCore and Mt. Hood Hospice.

“I think our No. 1 priority is excellent service,” Moffat noted. “I think — whether you’re a citizen or a business — the more we can do to make Sandy a better place to live and work, only benefits us as people and as businesses. We’re pleased anytime we’re recognized not only for your longevity in the community, but for giving back.”