Brown & Brown of Illinois


Brown & Brown , Inc.

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.


With the recent combination of two successful Brown & Brown offices, that of the Northern Illinois (John Manner Insurance) & Brown & Brown of Illinois (Weible & Cahill) both offices having roots going back 20 plus years we consider ourselves a powerhouse of talent! What has always remained a constant is our dedication to our clients. Over the years, both agencies grew through great service, stellar employees and leaders that considered every team mate an “equal”. Our tireless leaders demanded a service oriented, professionally run business no matter what it took and held themselves to the same level of accountability. This environment & mindset provided a fantastic medium for and growth of both offices. Word amongst our clients and their business partners of our ability, service level & accountability spread quickly. After some time it only seemed logical at some point we would combine forces.  Most of the staff at Brown & Brown of Illinois have been the industry for greater than 10 years,  with most folks approaching or surpassing the 20-year mark. This shows how we attract and retain talent!

Brown & Brown’s decentralized business model was attractive to both John Manner and Weible & Cahill as it afforded both offices the ability to operate in the same manner that had brought us each great success while allowing us to take advantage of the far reach and influence and overall clout that the Brown & Brown, Inc name invoked. This helped broaden our overall reach by having access to the knowledge and expertise of hundreds of offices within the Brown & Brown team.