Our History: Celebrating 101 Years in Business

Our story begins a century ago when Walter Duval Campbell, Sr., founded Campbell Insurance in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1918. Seven years later, the business was incorporated and named its first officers and board: W.D. Campbell, Jr., president; T.H. Fox, Jr., vice president; and Fred Harper, a local attorney, secretary-treasurer.

Since then, ownership of Campbell Insurance has passed through a very small group of dedicated professionals. The consistent thread through the years has been the loyalty, dedication, and the commitment of each employee to the clients we serve.

In January 2010, Campbell Insurance transitioned ownership into an employee-owned company. Called an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, the ESOP currently owns 100 percent of the agency stock.

Over the years, Campbell Insurance has acquired eight other Lynchburg area insurance agencies: Davis-Childs (1968), Snead-Payne & McCausland, Inc. (1972), Cosby Insurance Agency (1982), Hodges & Haywood (1983), McDonough Caperton in Bedford (1989), Newton & McCraw Insurance Agency (1990), St. John Agency in Brookneal (2007) and Emrey and Amonette in Lexington (2018). Due to marketing considerations, the agency officially began operating under the trade name “Campbell Insurance” in 1989.

Today, Campbell Insurance provides coverage for more than 10,000 clients in the Mid-Atlantic region. Our expert staff of 40 serves a diverse mixture of insurance needs, including commercial, personal, life, health, employee benefits, and financial services. We strongly believe in supporting the community in which we live and work, and provide our time, treasures, and talents to numerous nonprofit and community organizations.

The Lynchburg Rotary Club selected Campbell Insurance as “The Employer of the Year” for our ethical business practices. We also received the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award in 2004 and 2010. In March 2014, the agency was named “Marketing Agency of the Month” by Rough Notes and profiled in a multi-page article. This is a tremendous honor for our firm and our employee owners.

Campbell Insurance currently has three locations. The main location is at 801 Main Street in Lynchburg, Virginia, our primary location since 1918. We also have branch offices in Brookneal and Lexington, Virginia.