Brashears Insurance Associates

brashears-insurance2Brashears Insurance Agency is a locally owned and operated independent insurance agency based in both Santa Barbara, CA and Honolulu, HI. This means that we do not represent just one insurance company, we represent several insurance carriers. Our agency has access to numerous A-rated carriers, which better enables us to meet the individual needs of our clients. This also allows our clients to stay with us even as their insurance needs evolve or change over time.

With decades of experience providing insurance services in Santa Barbara and surrounding areas, Brashears Insurance Agency is one of the leading independent insurance agencies in the Tri-Counties. Over the years, our services have expanded to Honolulu, HI and the Hawaiian islands. Being in business for several decades, has allowed our agency to develop and maintain strong relationships with top insurance companies, which ultimately allows us to have more options to provide to our clients.


Mike Brashears

Mike has lived in Santa Barbara since 1966. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a BS in Finance. Mike lives in Santa Barbara 50% and Honolulu, Hawaii 50%. He is married to Valerie and they have 8 children. He specializes in working with families and small business owners working to make sure they have the proper coverage and have the type and quality of insurance each customer wants and needs. Mike’s passion is his family and activities like surfing, hiking, playing golf and he loves to snow ski.
Ken Newendorp

Ken Newendorp

Ken is a partner at Brashears Insurance. He works to help clients understand the policies they are purchasing and the ways to help them avoid or mitigate the risks of running a business. His area of expertise is in property and casualty insurance products—specifically general liability, professional liability, commercial auto, business personal property, workers comp, etc. Ken was born and raised in Santa Barbara and he and Katie have two boys that keep them busy with all of their activities.
Kelsi Gordon Brashears Insurance
Personal Lines Manager

Kelsi Gordon

Kelsi Gordon is a Long Beach, Calif.-native who graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics. While at UCSB, Kelsi studied abroad in Spain for six months, and enjoyed traveling western Europe and expanding her bi-lingual skills. She is proud of the fact that she has completed 2 full marathons, 6 half marathons, 4 sprint triathlons, and multiple Crossfit competitions.

Kelsi is married to her husband Jeramy, and they have two kids Reagan and Lincoln. They enjoy going on boating trips as a family. They stay busy and active with school, sports, and church activities. Kelsi’s first job out of college was at Allstate Insurance, and she has been at Brashears since 2011. Kelsi loves being part of an independent agency that has access to multiple carriers. She specializes in personal and business insurance, including home, auto, general liability, and worker's compensation. She loves helping first-time homebuyers and start-up businesses with the goal of making the insurance process easy.

Kelsi values working with quality carriers, so she can customize insurance products to fit her client’s needs. She is patient and willing to spend extra time explaining coverage. She helps her clients understand the policies that they purchase, so they can avoid or mitigate potential risks. Kelsi is active in the claims process, whether it be a small auto accident or a large business loss. She is accessible by text, phone, and email so her clients can always communicate their needs. She is an advocate and works on her clients' behalf for a positive claims experience.

Kelsi Gordon specializes in:
High-value homes
High-risk homes
High-risk businesses
Workers Compensation
Business Liability
Employment Practices Liability
Cyber Liability


Martial Keyzer, MA, CLCS

Martial Keyzer specializes in business insurance for the Santa Barbara and Ventura communities. A resident of the tri-counties since 1986, Martial previously resided in Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium. He started his career in Europe with Intel and Apple Computer before moving to California. After becoming a Director of Technology martial acquired a Master in Psychology and combined his business knowledge to provide coaching to executives looking to improve themselves. Martial with his wife and son are passionate about traveling and discovering the world and travel to faraway places as often as they can. His service orientation and wealth of experience has been a great addition to our team at Brashears since 2014.

Dan Van Hirtum

A Santa Barbara native, Dan Van Hirtum began his career in the Title Insurance industry servicing customers in the retail mortgage and real estate sales marketplace. He made the transition to Property and Casualty Insurance some ten years ago, and is focused on providing excellent coverage and customer service to small and mid-sized businesses. In his off time Dan enjoys running mountain trails, and sailing.

Jared Godinez

Jared is a broker at Brashears Insurance. He works with a wide range of business and property owners to help them find the right insurance for their situation. Jared was born and raised in Ventura before graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Global Studies. He met his wife, Tess, while they both played intercollegiate volleyball for the Gauchos and have lived in Santa Barbara since 2002 and now enjoy raising two daughters together. Jared worked at the Pacific Coast Business Times for 11 years in business to business marketing and advertising in the Tri-Counties before transitioning into property & casualty insurance. Jared values integrity, compassion, a sense of humor, family, community and the will to survive and thrive!
Office Manager

Kelly Fleming

Kelly is our office manager at Brashears Insurance. She has been with the company since 2013. Her role as officer manager includes: client billing, carrier correspondence, account management, licensing, and agency phone-software support. Kelly enjoys running in her free time and attending the various sports and theater activities of her three children.