The company that was to become Brown & Brown Insurance was founded in Daytona Beach in 1939 by two cousins, J. Adrian Brown and Charles Covington Owen. Under the direction of Adrian Brown’s son, Hyatt, a unique corporate culture has been created which values individual initiative and instills an inexorable “can do” attitude in its employees. Brown & Brown is acclaimed as, arguably, the most efficient operating platform in the insurance brokerage business, delivering high quality placement and service to a broad array of accounts. This, coupled with a precise, focused acquisition strategy helped Brown & Brown become one of the insurance industry’s most powerful and influential leaders. Today this “meritocracy” of decentralized profit centers is led by the third generation of Browns – J. Powell Brown – and operates throughout the United States, in England and Bermuda providing a variety of insurance products and services to general businesses, corporations, governmental and quasi-governmental institutions, professional organizations, trade associations, families and individuals.
Brown of Brown of Michigan’s predecessors included D. R. Stiles who opened his office in Fenton in 1919 and Ray Hunt who began operations in 1938. Each agency had it’s own rich history before joining forces in 1998 prior to the acquisition by Brown & Brown in 2008. Diversified Insurance was founded in 1982 but had roots going back to the 1940’s. Diversified became part of Brown & Brown of Michigan in 2009.
Brown & Brown previously operated in Flint after the Reidman Agency was purchased in 2000. That agency was comprised of Braun & Braun Insurance, the Sparky Hale Agency, Howard Edgecomb Agency, and the Dow Agency.
Brown & Brown’s decentralized model allows the Fenton office to make local operating decisions and remain community focused while taking advantage of the market clout and large knowledge base of our national parent company.