100 Years of Service
Four Generations of California Casualty Leadership
Carl G. Brown, Sr.
Founder of California Casualty
California Casualty founder Carl Brown was a natural salesman, affable and at ease meeting with people in all walks of life. A career insurance man with a zest for success, it was probably no surprise to his colleagues when, in late 1913, as the state of California was about to change workers’ compensation law, he determined to start his own company.
Carl G. Brown, Jr.
Chairman of the Board
Carl Brown, Jr. joined the company in 1932, starting out in the safety engineering department at the same weekly wage as every new hire – $12.50 a week. Introspective and analytical, he wasn’t a chip off the old block, though he shared his father’s sense of honor, and he knew how to build relationships.
Thomas R. Brown
Chairman of the Board
If there was an assumption that Tom Brown would join the family business, he never felt pressured. Like his father and grandfather, he attended and graduated from Stanford. Afterwards, he served in the U.S. Navy for two years, and then worked for a year at California Casualty while considering his next move.
Carl ‘Beau’ Brown
Chief Executive Officer
Despite some summer jobs with California Casualty, it was not inevitable that Beau Brown would make a career in the family business. But after graduating Dartmouth, he was considering a graduate degree program when his father casually suggested in 1986 that Beau “try out” the company for a couple of years.
A Century of Building Relationships
I feel more than a business relationship with Casualty. From CEO Beau Brown to those who handle my occasional windshield claim, California Casualty's value-based approach to our members makes this dedicated, people-first company a true friend of AEA members.
Andrew F. Morrill
President, Arizona Education Association
Integrity and Respect
I was just a teacher starting out … when I began to realize California Casualty was not a typical company. I now have 4 policies with California Casualty and I know I will always have good service from people who will treat me with integrity and respect.
Past President, California Teachers Association
An Integral Part
California Casualty is an integral part of the everyday support system that enables American heroes to protect our safety and lives and build our future. California Casualty staff and benefits are often the reasons why people new to the profession join our ranks.
President, Colorado Education Association
Tony Salazar, Executive Director
Price, Quality and Service
We do not enter into a relationship willy-nilly. The fact that our relationship with California Casualty continues as long as it has speaks to its quality and member satisfaction.
Past President and Trustee, California State Firefighters Association
General Manager, CSFA Insurance Trust
An Endorsed Partner
As I was leaving the NEA Member Benefits Board of Directors at the end of l999, I was thrilled to be able to cast a vote to make California Casualty an endorsed partner with the NEA. This was a decision that I have never regretted, and you have made me proud.
past Executive Director, Missouri NEA
former director, NEA Member Benefits Board
Never Looked Back
Many years ago, after a minor fender bender left me less than impressed with my auto insurance company, I was encouraged by the Idaho Education Association to consider insuring my vehicle with California Casualty. I’ve never looked back or considered moving my business anyplace else.
Executive Director, Idaho Education Association
100 Years of Service
The Kentucky Education Association congratulates California Casualty on its 100 years of service. During the last twenty years, KEA has been honored to be part of that distinguished history. Thanks for all you do for KEA and our members.
Mary Ann Blankenship
Executive Director, Kentucky Education Association
Thank you for your wonderful service to NEA members and your partnership with the NEA and our affiliates. Congratulations on your first 100 years.
David N. DuVall
Director, NEA Western Region
past Executive Director at CEA and OEA
NEA-New Mexico was one of the first to offer California Casualty as an exclusive member benefit in 1986. I have been part of the California Casualty family as an officer and staff member, and as a policyholder. I’ve experienced nothing less than great service and prompt attention.
NEA-NM Staff and past Director, Vice President, President
The Wyoming Education Association has enjoyed a long and beneficial relationship with California Casualty. The relationship extends far beyond sponsor and provider. What we have really been for the last 26 years are partners.
Past President, Executive Director, and Board Member Wyoming Education Association
A Model Relationship
It behooves organizations to consider a company like California Casualty because they truly value you. It’s a model working relationship between a vendor and an organization.
Secretary / Treasurer
California Teachers Association
As president of the Arizona Education Association, our state was one of the first NEA affiliates to join California Casualty. Congratulations to a company that started small and grew to be an integral program within NEA Member Benefits.
Dennis Van Roekel
President, National Education Association
I want to thank California Casualty for its strong and unwavering support for the core mission of the IEA – strengthening Idaho’s public schools and the critically important work of public school educators. At every turn and in many ways California Casualty has stood tall …
Past Executive Director, Idaho Education Association
A Large Family
The Wyoming Education Association is like a large family and California Casualty fit nicely into it. Your staff were always willing to go the extra mile … they were always a class act. They cared about the members and our staff, too.
Katherine Van Dell
former Member Benefits, Wyoming Education Association
Service and Relationships
Service and relationships are words that sum up well my nearly 20 years of great experiences with California Casualty as both an insured member and as a KNEA and NEA leader. Our joint venture … is a partnership very worthy of celebrating. Congratulations, to California Casualty for 100 hundred years of hard work and a terrific vision of service!
Past President Kansas NEA
NEA Executive Committee
Programs of Interest
Throughout our thirty-year partnership, California Casualty has supported AEA in countless ways. Beau Brown and his colleagues continue to explore new programs of interest to educators and have responded positively to AEA requests for additional support. Going beyond business expectations to support us is indicative of the kind of company California Casualty is.
Executive Director, Arizona Education Association
It is not the organization or a distant building the member sees when thinking of California Casualty… it’s the friendly, often sympathetic voice of one of the excellent representatives. Our KNEA membership is considered valuable because California Casualty has so perfectly married service and relationships.
Executive Director, Kansas NEA
Work has required I move several times. California Casualty has covered my vehicles, apartments (when renting) and several homes. Now I am retired and I have one house and two cars covered. California Casualty is always about service and responsiveness. We’ve been best friends for a long time and I am grateful.
past President, Arizona Education Association
former Executive Staff, National Education Association
California Casualty staff are incredibly professional, friendly and supportive. Our members love the high quality customer service and unique insurance benefits.
Oregon Nurses Foundation
Oregon Nurses Association
As newly elected President of the Colorado Education Association in 2000, we were looking to build partnerships to expand the benefit program. We began a car insurance program that made a huge difference – with California Casualty. Thank you for being great partners and for your support of public education.
Past President, Colorado Education Association
Missouri NEA endorsed California Casualty in 1996, and we have always been proud of our relationship and the professionalism with which our members have been served. I will also add that I am one of your satisfied customers!
Executive Director, Missouri NEA
California Casualty is a company with a golden compass. It has stayed true to the Brown family and to its founding principles of putting the customer first and delivering on its promises with high ethics and business integrity.
California Teachers Association
Our partnership with California Casualty means much more to the IEA and its membership than just a great insurance product. The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grants and the School Lounge Makeover program illustrate that California Casualty is not just another insurance company.
Richard C. (Dick) Chilcote
Director, Member Benefits
Idaho Education Association
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