Founder Richard Braun's Story

There aren’t many responsibilities in a brokerage that Richard Braun didn’t fill after starting his first insurance firm, The Braun Agency, a Nationwide exclusive agency, in 1998. Richard expanded his business one policy at a time during the first several years as the last “scratch” agency that Nationwide appointed in southeast Virginia.

When Nationwide changed its distribution model, Richard merged The Braun Agency with an independent agency, Choice Insurance Agency, and launched Choice Financial Group in 2020.

Richard believed that the way forward for Choice and other like-minded agencies was to grow through partnership, in order to share resources and best practices and leverage technology and carrier relationships. Through the scale of partnership, partners are able to provide superior client experiences and achieve the highest levels of success in the marketplace.

Proud that Choice Financial Group was on track to be a top 100 agency in the United States by the end of 2022 and in the top 50 by the end of 2023, in Summer of 2022, Richard made the decision to retire and focus on other pursuits. He remains an active board member and shareholder of Choice Financial Group.

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