Company History

Warren G. Bender Co.18th and I street is one of the largest independently owned brokerages in the Sacramento area and we are proud to provide innovative solutions to our clients in the Western States. Our market position enhances our influence and strategies on behalf of our clients and customers, allowing them to concentrate their time and energy on running successful businesses and leading more fulfilling lives.

Our company was founded in 1938 by Warren G. Bender. Its long life has always been keyed to our remaining current,
resourceful and willing to consider new ideas and strategies while carrying on the simple foundation of honesty and integrity.

Warren G. Bender Co. Management Staff meets regularly to monitor the current insurance environment as well as to anticipate and plan for the future. These team discussions focus on maintaining quality of our service delivery systems and increasing the availability of products, based on current insurance marketplace conditions.

We believe in communication — with our customers, certainly, but just as importantly with one another and with industry leaders and other stakeholders.

Our Mission

Providing protection, superior service and education to those who matter most, our Customers.

Timeline of Warren G. Bender Co.

This is a timeline of Warren G. Bender Co. as a growing regional family business. We stay committed to our core family values while recognizing that our future will be the result of family and non-family talent working together.

  • The Birth of an Agency

    agency birthJanuary 29 - Warren G. Bender was born in Ord Bend, CA.

    January 29 - Gladys Scott was born in Gridley, CA.

  • A Marriage Meant To Be

    WarrenWeddingJanuary 29 - Warren and Gladys are married in Chico, CA.

    Other Events in 1936
    Electric guitars debuted and the first successful helicopter flight was made.

  • Planting Some Roots

    warrenWarren starts Warren G. Bender Insurance as a representative for AAA Insurance.

    Other Events in 1938
    The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes minimum wage. George and Ladislav Biro invent the ballpoint pen.

  • Recognizing a Need

    pearl harborWarren joins American Hardware Mutual as an agent when AAA would not insure businesses.

    Other Events in 1941
    The Japanese surprise attack on U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor brings U.S. into World War II.

  • Time for a Change

    Time For Taxes Message Showing Taxation DueWarren moves to Travelers as an Independent Agent.

    Other Events in 1943
    Withholding tax on wages was introduced. The Pentagon is completed and becomes the largest office building in the world.

  • Expanding Expertise

    Warren represents an additional insurer (Industrial Indemnity) since Travelers wouldn't write Workers' Compensation in California.

    Other Events in 1944
    Scientists at Harvard University construct the first automatic, general-purpose digital computer.

  • Over There

    Warren serves his country in the Army Infantry during World War II.

    Other Events in 1945
    US drops bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03

  • Founding a Future

    WGBCOSignWarren opens his own office (Warren G. Bender Co.) on the corner of 18th and I street in Downtown Sacramento.

    Other Events in 1949
    Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.

  • Growing Opportunities

    El Camino OfficeThe Warren G. Bender Co. moves to a new office at 2805 El Camino Avenue, starting with 3 employees.

    Other Events in 1958
    The US Supreme Court rules unanimously that Little Rock, Ark., schools must integrate.

  • Following in Father's Footsteps

    steve and warrenAfter spending time as an underwriter with a local firm, Stephen D. Bender joins the family business as a personal insurance and small commercial producer.

    Other Events in 1972
    Dallas wins the Super Bowl and Email is introduced.

  • Becoming a Family Affair

    jimJames M. Bender joins the Warren G. Bender Co. after spending several years in General Construction management.

    Other Events in 1982
    Michael Jackson releases Thriller, becoming the biggest-selling album in history.

  • An Exciting New Era

    Touch screen mobile phoneStephen Bender becomes President of the Warren G. Bender Co.

    Other Events in 1983
    More than 125 million viewers tune in to the last episode of M*A*S*H. The FCC authorizes Motorola to begin testing cellular phone service in Chicago.

  • Losing a Legend

    coca colaWarren retires after nearly 50 years in the insurance industry.

    Other Events in 1985
    Coca-Cola attempts to change its 99-year-old formula in an effort to attract younger drinkers. "New" Coke is poorly received, and the company soon reintroduces the original, "Classic" beverage.

  • Cause for Celebration

    nintendo gamesWarren and Gladys enjoy their retirement as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

    Other Events in 1986
    Major nuclear accident at Soviet Union's Chernobyl power station alarms world. Nintendo video games introduced in U.S.

  • Bigger and Better

    Old OfficeWarren G. Bender Co. moves to 4350 Auburn Boulevard in Sacramento with its 18 employees.

    Stephen is awarded "Small Business Person of the Year" on behalf of Warren G. Bender Co.

  • Three Generations of Expertise

    HDTV Monitor Representing High Definition Television Or TVChristopher T. Bender joins Warren G. Bender Co. as a personal insurance producer and the first of the third generation.

    Other Events in 1996
    F.B.I. arrests suspected Unabomber. Broadcasters, television and PC manufacturers agree on a standard for HDTV.

  • The Future of the WGBCO

    FamilyPhotoMaggie A. Bender joins Warren G. Bender Co. as a commercial producer.

    Other Events in 2005
    Cancer replaces heart disease as No. 1 cause of death for people ages 85 and under. Academy Award for Best Picture goes to "Million Dollar Baby".

  • A History of Excellence

    HallofFameWarren G. Bender Co. is inducted into the Sacramento Metro Chamber's Hall of Fame.

    Other Events in 2006
    Saddam Hussein is convicted of crimes against humanity by an Iraqi court (Nov. 5), and hanged in Baghdad.

  • Love Your Work

    Snow CrystalsWarren G. Bender Co. is a finalist for the first time in the Sacramento Business Journal's A+ Employers Awards.

    Other Events in 2007
    Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, experiences its first snowfall in 89 years. Boston wins the World Series.

  • Our Family Continues to Grow

    stampJillian E. Bender-Cormier joins Warren G. Bender Co. part-time before becoming a commercial producer in 2010.

    Other Events in 2008
    Cost of a first-class stamp: 42 cents.

  • Home Away From Home

    new buildingWarren G. Bender Co. moved to new office in Roseville along with 38 employees.

    Other Events in 2009
    World Population is 6.8 billion. General Motors files for bankruptcy and announces closer of 14 plants in the United States.

  • New Department Added

    2009-12009 - Started our NEW Benefits Department.

  • New Acquisition

    20112011 - Acquired Mitterholzer & Associates and added their wonderful team to our Benefits department

  • Introducing Risk Management

    2013-12013 - Introduced Risk Management Services with the addition of Jackie Sudia-Reno

  • Another New Acquisition

    2015-12015 - Acquired Grunsky Insurance Services and welcomed their wonderful team to our firm and Benefits Department