Irene Bonato

Account Manager


Certifications: Property & Casualty, Surplus Lines Broker License

Year Joined Insurance Industry: 1998

Profit Center Location: Lafayette, CA

Irene began her insurance career in 1989 with Austin & Austin Insurance Services Inc. (now a division of Brown & Brown Insurance Services, Inc.) in an administrative support and customer service position. Eleven years later, she earned her insurance license and became the Account Manager of personal lines. In 2009, she moved into commercial sales and began providing insurance for real estate offices, Austin & Austin’s niche. She now primarily works on renewal accounts of all sizes, having successfully renewed more than 5,000 real estate errors and omissions policies.

When Irene started with Austin & Austin, there were only four people working in the office, including founders John and Lucia Austin. She has enjoyed and is proud of her contributions to the growth of the agency over the years. Irene thrives on contributing to the team’s efforts, making her clients’ lives easier, and celebrating her clients’ successes.

Irene earned her bachelor’s degree in 2003 from California State University, East Bay. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. The family loves exploring the East Bay Regional Parks and Trails, camping, and traveling.

BA California State University – East Bay 2003
Property & Casualty Insurance License 2000
Surplus Lines Broker License 2008


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3697 Mt. Diablo Blvd Suite 100,
Lafayette, CA 94549
CA Lic# ODO4053
(800) 987-1475