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About Us

NelsonBrothersBettendorfOfficeNelson Brothers Agency is one of the premiere insurers in the eastern Iowa and western Illinois and has been providing quality coverage and consultation to our clients with a hundred year history.

We are an independent agency offering sound, impartial advice to meet your needs with:

  • Low Insurance Rates
  • Coverage custom to your needs
  • Very Attentive Service!


After all, it's not just your car, home or business we're protecting...It's your financial security!

History of Nelson Brothers Agency

Sep. 1982 - Founding members Mike Nelson, Greg Nelson and Geoff Nelson form Nelson Brothers Agency and open the first office at 3915 Marquette Street in Davenport opens representing Farmers Insurance Group.

Oct. 1986 - Scott Nelson joins Nelson Brothers Agency

July 1988 - Bought our first building at 122 E 15th St in Davenport and all moved together for the first time.

1992 -  Broke away from Farmers and got contracts from Milwaukee Insurance, Pekin Insurance, Austin Mutual and Economy Fire and Casualty.  We outlasted three of those companies.  Company contracts were difficult to get for a startup independent agency, but as time went on and we grew.... many companies started to seek us out for contracts.  We continued to add the most desirable regional companies.  Some we tried and rejected as it wasn't a good fit.

Jan. 1997 - Acquired the Schroder Agency in Bettendorf.  Neal Schroder became a partner in what we rebranded to NBA Schroder to take advantage of the long Schroder heritage dating back to 1913.

Jan. 1995 - Opened the first satellite office in Blue Grass, staffed by then employee Keith Schroeder in a former Dairy Queen building occupied by sparrows. 1995 was also the year that Nelson Brothers won its very first Agency of the Year award from Pekin Insurance. 

Sep. 2002 - Purchased the building at 203 W Mayne and moved the office to that location.

Oct. 1998
- Negotiated the purchase of a small book of Austin Mutual business from the Roy Bayers Agency.

Jan. 1999 - Expanded to Des Moines by purchasing the Dean Graham Agency from his estate.  In July 2001 we realized that this was not going to be a profitable venture and sold the agency.  

Mar. 1999 - The Lampe Agency was purchased from Mike and Carole Vaupel and expanded our empire into the Muscatine market.  Keith Schroeder was sold partnership interest in order to manage that location at 218 Walnut St.

May 2000 - Purchased Berry Insurance in May of 2000.  Wendy Berry-Ball (now Lizama) was issued stock as a part of the transaction.  We moved to their location at 225 East 2nd St.

Nov. 2000 - Purchased the small Iowa Mutual book from Sondrol Financial.

Sep. 2001 -sold the Davenport office and established our new location at 940 Lincoln Road, Bettendorf where we reside today.

Jan. 2002 - purchased the building at 1211 Park Avenue in Muscatine and moved our office to that location.  In July of 2004 we added on to that office to accommodate further growth.

May 2004 - The Carothers Agency became available and we again bought them and moved that book and staff to our Bettendorf office.

June 2004 - Geoff Nelson left the agency to take advantage of another business opportunity.  A portion of his stock was sold to Dana Nelson-Holstein and Jen Weitz.  Happily we welcomed Brother Geoff back to the agency in May of 2007 to again restore the original partners.

May 2009 - We expanded our footprint to Moline, Illinois by purchasing Insurance Service Q.C. and opened for business at 2604 41st St., Moline, IL.

Dec. 2010
- Neal Schroder retired.  At that time we negotiated our boldest move yet to sell his stock to Caroline, Chuck and John Ruhl of Ruhl and Ruhl Residential and Ruhl Commercial real estate and became the insurance partner of those concerns.  A move which has paid dividends and will continue to help us grow the agency.

Aug. 2011 - Combined four agencies in Muscatine.

May 2011 - Pat and Lisa McFarland decided the time was right to join Nelson Brothers and we combined the two offices at 1911 52nd Ave, Moline.

June 2012 - Nelson Brothers Agency wins 2012 Agency of the Year award from Pekin Insurance

July 2013 - Nelson Brothers Agency office in Moline Relocates to 1701 52nd Ave Moline

June 2013 - Nelson Brothers Agency repeats and wins 2013 Agency of the Year award from Pekin Insurance

June 2014 - Nelson Brothers Agency three-peats and wins 2014 Agency of the year from Pekin Insurance.  This marked the first time in Pekin's history that an agency had won 3 times in a row.

Aug. 2014 - Founding member Mike Nelson retired as President & CEO, with Scott Nelson assuming the duties of President & CEO of Nelson Brothers Agency.

May 2015 - Nelson Brothers Agency acquires Karwath Insurance

Dec. 2016 -  Keith Schroeder retired as a partner of the Agency

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