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Meet Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance

Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance (BBNW) is a full-service agency offering insurance and risk management solutions to clients throughout the Northwest. They offer property and casualty, workers’ compensation, employee health benefits, surety/bonds, and personal insurance coverages. Their long history in Oregon dates back to JBL&K Insurance in 1867. In the last decade, they’ve acquired some of the most prestigious agencies in Oregon including Fullerton & Company, Beecher Carlson, Nies Insurance Agency, WR Reed & Company, Cramer & Giles, Security Insurance, Sage Insurance, Stuart & Tunno, and Lumbermens Insurance. Brown & Brown Northwest currently has more than 150 teammates  who operate out of offices in Portland, Bend, Medford, Longview, and Vancouver. Their parent company, Brown & Brown, has a decentralized business model which gives branch offices the autonomy to operate locally, while providing access to the vast resources of a national organization.


Brown & Brown Northwest’s mission is to provide customized insurance solutions that protect the financial well-being of customers and the businesses they’ve worked tirelessly to build. In an ever-changing environment of risk and uncertainty, they strive to provide innovative products and resources that allow their clients to be competitive in their industries and stable enough to achieve their long-term growth objectives.

They are making significant investments in their Construction Practice and focusing on continued growth in that sector. They recently added a new software technology platform to help clients better manage their safety programs, OHSA compliance, and certificate tracking.  Earlier this year Brown & Brown Northwest welcomed another Account Executive, Katie Fairhart, to their construction team.  Katie brings more than ten years of local industry experience, and she will  focus solely on providing consultative services  to construction clients.

Brown & Brown Northwest Construction TeamKey Individuals

Craig Payne: Senior Vice President of the Construction Practice, has more than 25 years of experience insuring some of Oregon’s most well-known construction companies. The depth of his expertise cannot be replicated.

Karl Choltus: Senior Vice President Surety and national practice leader has worked in the bonding business for more than 20 years with experience as a surety underwriter and practice leader in both Canada and the US, and risk manager at a large construction company.

John Stott: Senior Vice President, has a career in the insurance industry spanning more than 30 years which includes underwriting, claims adjusting, company marketing, and insurance brokerage sales and service.

Tim Clarke: Vice President of Claims and Risk, leads Brown & Brown’s overall corporate claims and risk management activities. By thoroughly analyzing loss history and trends, he and his team ensure clients implement appropriate risk management strategies.

Why Brown & Brown Northwest?

Brown & Brown Northwest’s approach is team-based and consultative. They tailor their insurance and risk management services to meet their customers’ unique needs. All customers have access to their executive team, technical support personnel, and consulting resources—in addition to being supported day-to-day by their client services team. The agency size and structure enables them to be a one stop solution for the most competitively priced insurance products, but most importantly, a place that still believes in providing a “personalized touch” to customers.

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