100 Hubbard Street, Suite A
Blacksburg VA 24060
540.552.5331

L.L. Brown Insurance CompanyIn 1927, Leonard Brown established his first office in downtown Blacksburg as a life agent for Equitable Life Insurance of Iowa.

Cooper, Norma, and HarrietReady for business-Circa 1968 at 205 N Main Street office (now Boudreaux’s Restaurant). Pictured left to right, Norma Hill (sec/treasurer), Linda Smith Bland, Cooper Via (VP), and Harriet Albert (seated)1927 - Brown Insurance was founded by Leonard L. Brown, a devout Hokie and Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets member.  Leonard formerly sold life insurance for The Equitable.

1940 - Lucille Brown, Leonard's wife,  began working for the agency.

1951 - Norma Hill joined the agency as a part-time secretary while still in high school.  When she finished schooling she became a full-time employee and has been with the agency over 60 years.

1958 - Cooper joined agency after graduating from VT in 1958. 

1964 - The initial company officers were established as: President, Leonard L Brown; Vice President, T. Cooper Via, Sr.; Secretary /Treasurer, Norma Hill.

John L. Brown (Leonard and Lucille's son) joined the agency after a tour of active duty with the US Army in Germany.

Radford MergerArthur Giesen and Leonard Brown close the deal. 1966 - Harriet Albert (Norma Hill's sister) joined the agency.

1970 - Brown Insurance purchased the Giesen Agency of Radford, Virginia.

1975 - Brown purchased the Price Agency and Don Linkous joined the agency as a sales person.

1979 - Tommy Via, Cooper’s son, joined the agency after graduating from Virginia Tech.

1980 - T. Copper Via, Sr. became the second president of the agency.

1987 - Brown Insurance purchased Blacksburg Insurance (formerly the Alfred Perdue Agency).

Tommy Via1979 VT Pamplin Grad, Tommy Via, joins the agency and is the current president of the agency.1995 - The agency moved from a former downtown location to 100 Hubbard Street (corner of Hubbard and N. Main Street).

1998 - John Brown becomes the third president of the agency.

2001 - The accounts of the Roger Bell Agency [Dublin VA] were purchased, bringing in State Capital Insurance Company.

2002 - Christy Brown, John Brown's daughter and Leonard Brown's granddaughter, joined the agency. The agency also started trading as Brown Insurance in this year but remains under the umbrella of Leonard L Brown Agency, Inc. 

2005 - Tommy's daughter and Cooper's granddaughter, Nancy Via joined the agency. Thomas C Via, Jr. “Tommy” becomes the fourth president and remains leading the company today and Harriet Albert became treasurer.

2008 - Brian Allen, Senior Benefit Programs joined the Leonard L. Brown family in 2008, providing sales and service for long term care, life, and medicare supplements.

In this same year, Brown Insurance became a member of the Keystone Insurers Group, an independent insurance agents aggregation group based in Pennsylvania.

Brown Presidents

Leonard Brown, 1927-1980
T. Cooper Via, Sr-1980-1998
John Brown-1998-2005
Thomas C Via, Jr. 2005-current