About Us

Brauer Insurance Team


Introduction to our company

Steve Brauer

Principal – Broker

Steve was born and raised in the Bay Area, attending Leland High School and San Jose State University’s Administration of Justice program.  In 1980 Steve joined the Santa Clara Police Department, and rose to the rank of Detective Sergeant.  In the 80’s and 90’s, Steve and his wife Leslie founded and managed the U-Bake Pizza stores all located in the Silicon Valley.  Steve began his insurance career in 2003, specializing in health insurance related products for businesses and families.  Steve and his wife Leslie have been married 33 years and enjoy their three children, their grandchildren, and their Almaden Valley home.


Bonnie Brauer Shelton

Broker – Account Manager

Bonnie began her insurance career in 2008.  She graduated from San Jose State University and opened a piano school teaching young children theory and lesson.  In addition to writing insurance, Bonnie is our “go to person” for much of the account managing and claims issues for groups.  Bonnie loves quilting, problem solving and spending time with her husband and their sons Jack and Reid.


John Bills

Commercial Property & Casualty Specialist

John is our experienced Commercial Insurance Broker possessing the prestigious (CRIS) certification, Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist. John handles our Workers Comp, General Liability, E+O, Commercial Auto, Business Property and Bonds. John enjoys spending time with his wife Tracie and their two children, cooking, and playing the guitar and playing hockey.


Caelie Brauer

Broker – Office worker

Caelie joined the Brauer family business in 2010. Caelie does office work and handles the Cobra compliance for our larger groups.  She has attended DeAnza. College and San Jose State University and is currently in the Nursing Program. Caelie likes hiking, camping, and LOVES wine tasting.


Leslie Brauer

Broker – Bookkeeper

Leslie is originally from Santa Clara, co-founded the U-Bake Pizza stores with Steve and is previously with Kaiser Permanente. She primarily works the back office keeping the financials in order. Leslie enjoys quilting, cooking and her horses.


Judy Pearce

Human Resources – Attorney


Judy is our resident HR attorney and consultant. We work with her on issues ranging from compliance, legal, recruiting, employment and more — she’s also a resource retained by our business clients. As a side note, Judy was the first HR consultant for Google when they began, which explains their phenomenal success.


Priscilla Topete

Commercial Broker

Priscilla is one of our commercial property and casualty producer / account managers. She has been serving clients in the construction industry for the last 17 years.  Our construction clients benefit from her expertise in general liability, workers compensation, commercial auto, tools & equipment, bonds and other risk management products contractors need.


Russell Brauer

Broker – Computer IT

Russell is our newest Broker in the Brauer Insurance family. Licensed in 2014, and learning the business, he helps manage our group and individual business. Russell also handles all of the technical aspects of the office. He enjoys taking electronics apart, backpacking, training his dogs and baking.


Employee Benefits & Health Insurance Specialists

Brauer Insurance was founded in 2003 with one goal: To provide solutions and strategies to Individuals, Families, and Businesses.

Instead of trying to be an expert at everything, we wanted to focus on one area: Employee Benefits and Health Insurance.  We decided it was better to master one thing, than to just be “good” at all things.  If you had a specific medical issue, you would want to go to a Specialist, NOT a General Practitioner. We are the Health Insurance specialists in the Bay Area.

We are a no-fee, Independent, Family run, Insurance Agency serving clients anywhere in California. The company is comprised of Steve, his wife Leslie and their 3 adult children.

Brauer Insurance is a certified expert in the Affordable Care Act, Consumer Driven Health Care, and HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) with the State of CA. That means we know all about health insurance as well as Employee Benefits for small and large companies. We leverage our knowledge to provide innovative health insurance coverage that maximizes benefits and minimizes costs.

If you are searching for a way to reduce your cost without compromising benefits, you will find that our “strategy” may work well for your company.  Some of our clients include:

* Hydrex Pest Control * La Victoria Taqueria * 2XL Trucking *
* State Farm  * Orion Security * Aquatek Plumbing * Nanolab Technologies *

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