Our History

Rodrian Insurance was founded in Milwaukee in 1973 by Jim Rodrian. Jim’s career began in 1966 when he was hired by local agency owner Karl Gengler. Karl became a mentor and friend, and 7 years later, Jim was given the opportunity to purchase his customer list and start his own agency.


Jim Rodrian, shortly after starting in the insurance business at age 22.

Jim’s first office was on 65th and North Avenue. The business was established as an independent insurance agency, with about 100 customers consisting mostly of home & auto policy holders. With his wife Sue supporting him, and his 2 young boys playing in the back room, Jim built the business using his natural friendliness, honesty, and hard work.

In 1978, the business had grown to 7 employees, so Jim bought the Grebe’s bakery building on 79th & Burleigh. Rodrian Insurance continued to grow, offering business insurance as well as health insurance to complement the home & auto department.

In 1992 and 1994, D. J. and Scott Rodrian entered the family business. Rodrian Insurance developed into a full-service operation with a special appetite for small business owners looking for exceptional service. Through the acquisition of 2 smaller agencies in 1997 and 1999, the agency grew to serve more than 2,500 individuals and businesses.

Rodrian Insurance moved to Brookfield in 1999 and spent 6 years on Capitol Drive, before acquiring their current building on Calhoun Road. Current agency owners D. J. and Scott remain committed to the original values and old-fashioned friendly service that have been the hallmark of the business since its inception.

A Unique Building for a Unique Business

Our office is conveniently located in Brookfield, WI, just outside of Milwaukee.

In 2005, Rodrian Insurance moved into the historic “Chudick’s Fur” building located on Calhoun Road just north of Capitol Drive in Brookfield. The building had been vacant for several years and it needed renovations from top to bottom. The result is a unique mission-style office with a fireplace, deck, Japanese skylight, basement rec room, and yard!


Abandoned Chudick’s Fur building.
February 2004

Interior demolition work begins.
April 2004

Rotted exterior siding removed.
June 2004
 


Remodeling the inside of the building.
October 2004

New cedar siding installed.
November 2004

Building renovation completed.
March 2005