About the William C. Earhart Company

Mr. William C Earhart

Our Roots

In 1951, while working for Pacific Mutual Insurance Company, Mr. Earhart sold a group health insurance medical plan to a jointly negotiated, labor – management group. A fairly new piece of legislation known as the Taft Hartley Act of 1947 was in effect, requiring that monies received by the group be held in Trust. Pacific Mutual’s position was…`You sold it, you administer it. `. Three years later, a group of Labor – Management Trusts hired Bill to become their salaried administrator.

In April 1960, Bill founded the William C. Earhart Company, an early entry into Third-Party Administration business. Recognizing the need to keep current on industry practices and legislation, Bill became active in an organization now known as the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Active in that organization for over forty years, he was a four – time member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, served on numerous committees, and spoke frequently at the New Trustees Institutes around the country. Mr. Earhart, a graduate of Princeton University, earned his Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) certification in 1982.

Hannah Sutton joined the Company in 1968. A twelve year progression through all phases of the Company’s operations, from filing and mail room duties through management of the Pension Department, culminated in 1980 when she left her bargaining unit position to become Vice President. Ms. Sutton moved into the Chief Executive Officer position upon Mr. Earhart’s retirement in 1999. Ms. Sutton’s numerous accomplishments include her CEBS certification in 1982. Ms. Sutton and Mr. Earhart were the first father-daughter duo to receive this designation. Ms. Sutton served twice on the Board of Directors of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and served as Chair in 2001. Ms. Sutton was very active in the Society of Professional Administrators, serving on its Board of Directors and as Chair in 1997.

Our History

The William C. Earhart Company, Inc, a third party administrator of employee benefits, has been a leader in the benefits industry since inception. Headed by Bill Earhart for 39 years, the company has successfully transitioned to second generation leadership and is well on its way to establishing the continued commitment to excellence in service and knowledge within the family’s third generation employees.

Our staff includes 68 dedicated professionals whose expertise ranges from health claim and pension adjudication through accounting, information technology, and administration. Most of our employees have been with us for ten or more years, and are supported by state of the art data and information processing capabilities.

Our Philosophy



We are headquartered in Portland and service multiple clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific Coast, with a satellite office in Salem.

William C Earhart Portland location at Glenn Widing Dr.


A view of Baltimore’s Historic Inner Harbor backdrops our position to service our East Coast clients.

Baltimore, Maryland