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 & Brown of Detroit’s predecessor, Allied Underwriters, opened their doors in 1958. Located downtown, the office was a property and casualty agency. Over the years, the agency grew through acquisition, and began to offer employee benefits and more. Our longest-term current employee, Lydia Carmona, joined the team in 1972, and continues to provide excellent service to our personal lines customers.
In 2004, The Allied Companies moved to the current office on Mound Road in Sterling Heights. The firm was acquired by Brown & Brown in 2007. Brown & Brown’s decentralized model allows the Detroit office to continue to make local operating decisions and remain community focused. At the same time, we are able to take advantage of the market clout and large knowledge-base of our national parent company.