Alan Gerbaud’s Story
IB&C Insurance Service’s Co-founder and Owner, Alan Gerbaud, originally wanted to be a teacher. As a history major, teaching lessons through story always spoke to him. So how did he find himself in the insurance world? Fate had different plans for him.
After his time in the Navy, Alan found himself drawn to insurance. Eager to learn about the formation of companies, the time value of money, and other fascinating topics, he started at New York Life in Castro Valley to absorb as much as he could.
While Alan loved the immediate return he received from helping people with everyday insurance issues, he felt the urge to grow. After all, he was working out of his house all by himself.
Moving to Grass Valley
Then in 1988, Alan moved out to Grass Valley to start IB&C Insurance Services. Initially, he had a partner and, by 1999, Alan took on full ownership and shifted into growth mode. From the start, the goals were the same: To help people with the complexities of insurance so they can live their lives with peace of mind.
How IB&C Became What it Is Today
Around 2009, Alan became inspired to create true value beyond the insurance policy for his customers. He wanted his meetings with customers to be meaningful and helpful. So he met with all the long-standing employees to discuss what it is about IB&C that truly makes us different. We all agreed: we prioritize face-to-face, genuine engagement with our customers. And in our increasingly connected world, this was becoming more valuable than ever before.
We’re Here for our Customers
Alan and his team always take the time to answer questions and concerns thoroughly, ensuring customers have everything they need to make appropriate financial decisions. In fact, Alan’s favorite part of his job has always been counseling people and acting as the strategic pair of eyes in complicated financial scenarios. A teacher at heart, Alan pursued his teaching dream through a surprising avenue, and he’ll be the first to tell you his talents are well-suited for helping our customers.
Honest, Personal Attention and Care
Today, IB&C works with 100 carriers with a team of about 10 dedicated employees. Our core focus is to provide you with honest, personal attention and care as you look for the policies you need. Many of our customers have been with us for decades, as they are pleased with the way we handle insurance matters with a personal touch. Insurance is, in many ways, a deeply personal matter, and we always want to help you manage your insurance decisions as if they were our own.
We are incredibly grateful to live, work, and serve the people of Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Auburn, Roseville, Rocklin, Yuba City, and Marysville. Thank you for taking the time to read our story.