About Us

“To Protect and To Serve” is not just our slogan, it’s how we do business.

We are a family run brokerage specializing in small group health insurance for businesses with 1 to 100 employees. We are an independent agency. Why does that matter? This allows us to find the best plans that fit your specific needs as a small business owner.
Our agency’s mission is to protect our clients and their family’s health and wellbeing as we serve them with honor and integrity.

Steve Brauer

Founder
Steve Brauer, founder and principal of Brauer Insurance LLC has served for 25 years the South Bay community as a Detective Sergeant with a local police agency. For 15 years he continues to protect and serve Small Businesses as a recognized Group Health and Group Benefits Independent Broker. He is bringing up the next Generation of leadership for Brauer Insurance to continue his legacy: “To Protect and To Serve.”

Bonnie Brauer Shelton

Principal
Bonnie began her insurance career in 2008. She graduated from San Jose State University and opened a piano school teaching young children piano and music theory. After years of account managing at the agency, Bonnie is now the principal broker at Brauer Insurance. With her years of experience in customer relations coupled with the wisdom and guidance of her father, she is now in charge of bringing Brauer Insurance into a bright future.

Meet Our Team

Nathan Shelton

Nathan Shelton

Co-Owner

Nathan worked as a commercial electrician for Santa Clara local 332 since 2004. With Bonnie taking leadership of Brauer Insurance, Nathan has joined his wife and the Brauer Team in this new era for the brokerage. He and Bonnie work side by side to provide the exceptional service that all their clients deserve, while also having more time to raise their four beautiful children. Brauer Insurance truly is a family oriented brokerage!

Stefan Mercer

Stefan Mercer

Broker- Sales

Stefan is the most recent addition to Brauer Insurance team. He is in charge of lead generation and networking. With years of experience in sales and various management roles, Stefan is the first point of contact for prospective clients.

Judy Pearce

Judy Pearce

Human Resources – Attorney

Judy is our resident HR attorney and consultant. She works with our groups on issues ranging from compliance, legal, recruiting, employment and more. Impressively, Judy is an ex-cop and was the first HR consultant for Google when they began, which explains Google’s phenomenal success!

John Bills

John Bills

Commercial Property & Casualty Specialist

John is our referral partner for Commercial Insurance needs for small businesses. He possesses the prestigious (CIC) certification, Construction Insurance Consultant). John handles small businesses Workers Comp, General Liability, E+O, Commercial Auto, Business Property and Bonds.

Steve’s Story

On duty injury leads to career change

It all started when I was recovering from an on-duty injury as a police detective in 2002. The dysfunctionality of health insurance intrigued me. I was an Undercover Narcotic Agent for about 10 years during my 25-years on the job, and I have a knack for solving problems. Most people run away from chaos, cops run towards it. There are so many problems with the health insurance industry, and I love to problem solve, so it was a natural fit! Even though I could have completely retired in 2008, I chose this second career to have a purpose in life while spending time with the family. In 2003 I started my insurance career specializing in Group health insurance related products for businesses.

New Chapter

Bonnie, Steve’s daughter, joined the Brauer Insurance Team in 2008. Tasked with general account management, she excelled at customer relations while serving our clients benefit needs. There is no doubt that Bonnie has inherited her father’s “knack for solving problems.” She strives hard to protect our client’s and their employees no matter what the situation or request. As of January of 2020, Bonnie has assumed the role of Principal Broker and is now responsible for all office operations. Steve has successfully passed his daughter the proverbial torch and entrusted her with the business he has worked so hard to build.

Samples of our clients:

  • Start-Ups
  • Tech Companies
  • Service Companies
  • Professional Organizations
  • Non-Profits
  • Family-owned businesses
  • Law Firms
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