Like many independent insurance agencies, the story of Branch Benefits Consultants begins with a seed planted generations before its current stature. In the wake of his father’s passing, Aubrey Branch discovered first-hand the impact that proper life insurance, or lack thereof, can have on a family when it is needed most, particularly in the African American community. He spent the next decade dedicated to helping as many families as possible ensure their protection through the placement of life insurance.
While he worked to build his book of business, Aubrey seized every opportunity to cultivate relationships and key contacts through involvement in the community, politics, and professional alliance. One of those relationships led to his future business partner, Joe Hernandez. In 2000, Aubrey and Joe joined forces to start Branch Hernandez & Associates. Thanks to their combined efforts, knowledge, and contacts, Branch Hernandez & Associates quickly became one of the premier independent agencies in Nevada. In addition, it is acknowledged as the first minority owned and operated independent insurance agency to insure a business on the Las Vegas Strip.
Throughout this time, Aubrey’s son, Quincy, fresh out of college, began working for Branch Hernandez. He quickly graduated from accounting, opening and closing the office, and cleaning to a licensed professional providing risk management and insurance placement for large companies and government entities. While his initial focus was on the property and casualty side of the business, he learned that his passion for the industry aligned with his father’s early roots and he found himself falling in love with the life insurance and group benefits side of the business. Building upon the strength of Branch Hernandez & Associates, Quincy started Branch Benefits Consultants in 2011 as an independent benefits insurance agency.
At its inception, Branch Benefits Consultants was never intended to expand its services into the property and casualty side of the business, but internal and external forces brought opportunities to pivot from the original strategy. As a result, in 2014, Branch Hernandez & Associates and Branch Benefits Consultants strategically joined forces to create Nevada’s largest minority owned independent insurance agency. Today, Branch Benefits Consultants provides a well-rounded menu of products and services, including individual and group benefits, commercial insurance, surety, and personal insurance.