Local Presence, National Strength

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Local Presence, National Strength






Spirit of Life Insurance joins Fullerton & Company a Division of Brown & Brown
Spirit of Life Insurance under the leadership of Michael Karussos, principal and founder, specialized in Group and Individual Life and Health Insurance 


Portland Insurance Joins Fullerton & Company
Portland Insurance operated in Northeast Portland under the leadership of Principal John Faherty. With a staff of 9, the agency specialized in personal and commercial insurance, and Life and Health insurance.

APRIL 2009

W. R. Reed & Company joins Fullerton & Company a Division of Brown & Brown
W. R. Reed and Company was founded on August 1, 1957 by William R. Reed Sr. The agency specialized in construction, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, aircraft, insurance counseling, benefits, property, and personal lines insurance. Chris Foster and Michael Fohl took over as principles of W. R. Reed in 2006. Under their direction the agency served the greater Portland area and national clients.


Stewart & Tunno Insurance joins Fullerton & Company a Division of Brown & Brown
Stewart & Tunno Insurance was founded in 1957 by Frank Tunno and Bill Stewart. Both principals had left Allstate to open their own independent agency. The duo outgrew and moved their office three times, always staying within the Gateway area of Northeast Portland. With over 22 employees, the office was once considered the seventh largest agency in Portland. Stewart & Tunno Insurance specialized in commercial and personal insurance.


Fullerton & Company joins Brown & Brown Insurance
Fullerton & Company, Inc. was founded in 1964 by Ralph W. Fullerton. Through three generations, Fullerton & Company operated under the leadership of Ralph Fullerton, Hank Grootendorst, and later an executive team including Hank's daughter Brenda Grootendorst and Rick Abrahamson. Fullerton & Company partnered with Northwest businesses, organizations, and individuals; establishing itself as one of the Pacific Northwest's leading insurance and risk management brokers. Fullerton & Company specialized in benefit plans, property, casualty, and insurance solutions for individuals and businesses in Oregon and throughout the United States.

January 2011

Nies Insurance joins Fullerton & Company a Division of Brown & Brown
Nies insurance Agency served the personal, commercial, and employee benefits insurance needs of clients in the greater Vancouver Washington area for 39 years. Gerald L. "Jerry" Nies presided as President of Nies Insurance with offices in Vancouver, Camas, and Battle Ground Washington.

July 2013

Fullerton & Company a Division of Brown & Brown, announces new name: Brown & Brown Northwest  
We are proud to announce our new name Brown & Brown Northwest. Our goal in collectively renaming our four offices is to align with the name of our parent company Brown & Brown Insurance, and to continue our tradition of providing outstanding insurance products and services to Oregon and Southwest Washington. Fullerton & Company and Nies Insurance will now all operate under the name Brown & Brown Northwest.

July 2013

Beecher Carlson joins Brown & Brown Northwest

Beecher Carlson's Oregon and Southwest Washington operations headed by Chuck Floberg, joined the Brown & Brown Northwest Family, effectively making Brown & Brown the largest Insurance presence in the state of Oregon. The acquisition of Beecher Carlson brings many exciting opportunities for our regional operations. Beecher Carlson enjoys an enviable position and reputation in the areas in which it operates to include: construction, corporate, employee benefits, non-profit, personal lines, property & casualty, public entity insurance, transportation, and workers' compensation. We look forward to bringing together great people and a shared customer service and sales culture. The addition of Beecher Carlson to Brown & Brown Northwest offers us an expanded footprint, new opportunities, enhanced resources and a strong leadership team.

Brown & Brown Northwest

About Us & Our History

Brown & Brown Northwest seeks to combine intelligent, creative, skillful risk management, with employee benefit solutions, to minimize our clients' risk and ensure our clients' long term financial success. We look at our customer's issues from every angle. Leveraging compelling analytical data and risk modeling, we provide our clients with specific and realistic information about their insurance exposures. This facilitates comprehensive understanding of potential risks to our clients and their companies. Our dedication to fostering long term relationships, and nurturing trust within those relationships, translates to definitive results for the organizations with which we work.

Our History

Brown & Brown Northwest has deep roots in Portland's insurance landscape. Beginning with Ralph Fullerton of Fullerton & Company Insurance in 1964, we maintain a proud tradition of joining forces with only the best agencies and agents to deliver our customers outstanding service and insurance products. This history, and the combination of agencies partnered together, makes us who we are today.

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