History of Brown & Brown

For more than 75 years, Brown & Brown’s steady growth has augmented the company in not just size and revenue, but also expertise. In 2017 the Naples and Fort Myers offices merged to operate as Brown & Brown of Southwest Florida. Under the leadership of Jason Cloar, Brown & Brown of Southwest Florida consists of more than 80 professional experts, including long time leaders

Tom Ellis, Jerry Nichols and Laverne Wicks. They have been and will continue to be extremely instrumental in growing the offices of Southwest Florida. Brown & Brown’s philosophy of merging and acquiring the best people in the business, not just the business will continue to drive success exceeding $1 billion dollars in revenue.


  • 2017Brown & Brown merge Naples & Fort Myers to be known as Southwest Florida
  • 2014Acquires $602.5 million flood insurance provider the Wright Insurance Group
  • 2013Acquires Beecher Carlson
  • 2012Acquires Arrowhead General Insurance for $395 million
  • 2011Attains the $1 billion mark in annual revenue
  • 2001Acquires Riedman Insurance Agency
  • 2000Acquires Cunningham Insurance Agency
  • 1999Poe & Brown changes its name to Brown & Brown
  • 1998Acquires Gulf Coast Commercial Insurance and Nichols & Associates
  • 1995Establishes presence in Collier County with the acquisition of the King Insurance Agency
  • 1993SEC approves merger with Poe & Associates and Poe & Brown becomes a publicly traded company
  • 1939Brown & Brown, Inc. forms in Daytona Beach