About Us

Brown & Brown, Inc. is a leading insurance brokerage firm, providing risk management solutions to individuals and businesses. With a long-standing history of proven success and thousands of teammates, we offer knowledge you can trust and strive to deliver superior customer service.

Founded in 1939

Founded in 1939

Our History

in Santa Barbara


Brown & Brown, Inc. was founded in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1939 by cousins, J. Adrian Brown & Charles Covington Owen. In 1959, Adrian’s son, Hyatt, took leadership of the family business. Under his direction, the Brown & Brown vision of a lean and profit-oriented organization came into focus.


In 1997, Brown & Brown became publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BRO). Since 2009, the company has continued to thrive under the leadership of J. Powell Brown, who became the third generation of the family to guide the company.


Operating 300+ offices throughout the United States, England, Canada, and Bermuda, we provide a variety of insurance and reinsurance products and services. We are currently the 6th largest insurance brokerage in the U.S. and 8th in the world.

Our History in Santa Barbara

Our roots began with the Montgomery Insurance Agency, established in 1935. In 1989, Montgomery changed its name to MFC&V Insurance Services and was one of the largest independent insurance agencies on the central coast when they were acquired by Brown & Brown in 2003.


In February of the following year, the agency added Whilt, Fatch & Perry to the team and then in 2005, Manchester Insurance and Alliance Insurance came on board. Today, the Santa Barbara office has over 53 professionals handling accounts of all sizes in all industries.


As one of Brown & Brown’s largest Western United States operations, this office provides a full range of brokerage and consulting services, including commercial, personal, and employee benefits.