About

We cover all of your insurance needs from home and auto to farm and business.

History

Brown Insurance agency was started in 1963 as a purchase of a small local agency by Dan Brown. His son Carl became an employee in 1975 and an owner in the early 80’s. The Brown family grew the local agency as a trusted and reliable source of insurance to the local community, families, farms, and businesses. Dan and Carl were strong believers that if you service your clients well and do the right thing, the result will be a successful business. Dan retired in 2005 and Carl retired in July of 2020.

Carl and Dan have been approached by many bigger agencies for purchase but felt that keeping the agency in a smaller, more controlled ownership would be better for their clients and employees. In May of 2016 Joe Egli was hired as a potential owner. Joe has 15 years experience working in an independent agency just south of Woodburn in Keizer and approximately 20 years business management as an owner and painting contractor in the Salem/Keizer area. As an added benefit, Joe grew up in Aurora, Oregon so he was already familiar with many of the clients. In January of 2019, Joe was able to purchase the agency from Dan and Carl.

Meet the Team

Portrait of agent Austin Coley

Esperanza Palma

Licensed Personal Lines Agent

My name is Esperanza. I was born and raised in California and moved to Oregon 20 years ago. My husband Jorge and I have been married for 20 years and have 3 wonderful children: Ashley, Enrique, and Yaretzi. I love spending time outdoors and camping with my family. Our favorite camping spot is Jone’s creek.

I entered the insurance world back in 2001 as a customer service representative and got my insurance license in 2006. For 15 years I worked for an independent agency in Tigard then decided to take a break and be a stay-at-home mom to spend more time with my family. At Brown Insurance I am a bilingual agent here and ready to help everyone in our community with their insurance needs.

Portrait of agent Austin Coley

Madi Egli

Licensed Commercial and Personal Lines Agent

My name is Madison but you can call me Madi. I entered the insurance world at 14 years old answering phones and filing paperwork at another agency in Salem then worked my way more north in 2018. Over my years I have learned many things and I look forward to continuing to learn every day. At Brown Insurance I work as a personal and commercial line licensed CSR.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors whether that is camping, hiking, kayaking, spending the day at the lake, or even just a barbecue.

Portrait of agent Austin Coley

Austin Coley

Commercial and Personal Lines Agent

My name is Austin Coley and I was born and raised in Molalla and now live in Oregon City. While growing up in Molalla I was a part of the multiple sports team which included Football, Rodeo, and track. Once out of high school I attended George Fox University where I obtained a degree in Management and Organizational Leadership. Since graduating college, I have spent 10 years working in the outdoor industry and only recently entered the insurance world. I have worked for Brown insurance for 2 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. While challenging I very much enjoy learning about people and their families. I take my job very seriously as people are entrusting me to take care of their most prized possessions. My family is made up of myself, my girlfriend Megan, our 8-year-old son Logan, and our miniature Australian shepherd Blue. Together we enjoy getting outdoors as much as possible hiking, fishing, and camping. When I am not working or playing in the outdoors, I am doing remodel projects around our home.
Portrait of agent Austin Coley

Joe Egli

Principle-Commercial and Personal Lines Agent

My name is Joe Egli. For those who do not know yet, I purchased Brown Insurance Agency from Dan and Carl nearly two years ago. I have been with Brown insurance since spring of 2016 and worked at another agency in Salem for over a decade before that. I am here to assist you with your personal, business, life, and health insurance needs, you just name it!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife Shelly, and three adult kiddos Sydney, Madi, and Noah. I should also mention I am the BBQ KING! Volunteering, supporting my community, and getting out to meet people are all things I value and strive to do. Please call or stop by and say hi, I would love to meet you.

Contact Us

979 Young St. Woodburn, OR 97071

503-981-7143