Tillman Insurance Agency, Inc. provides comprehensive insurance options in Valdosta, GA, serving the Southeast United States.
We are your trusted independent insurance agency.
Your family, your business and your possessions are all important to you, but you may not know how to best protect them. We have the experience to navigate the unique risks you face, serving as your insurance advisor.
Tillman Insurance Agency is an independent insurance agency specializing in contractor insurance, retail business insurance, manufacturer insurance, farm insurance, non-profit insurance, condo building insurance, restaurant insurance and brewery insurance in Valdosta, GA, serving the Southeast United States and licensed in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina.
We work as your risk advisors and help you take control of your insurance costs using long term solutions to control losses and exposures. Our mission is not just to sell our clients insurance, but to expose the buried land mines that are in your path. We then help identify and explain the alternative ways to handle them, and with insurance as the last resort, serve as your expert buyer.
How We Came to Be
The Tillman Insurance Agency began in 1912 when Winston McKey opened the McKey Insurance Company in downtown Valdosta. Winston McKey’s original contract was with The United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, which was one of the finest companies operating in America at that time. In 1937, Mr. McKey’s nephew, I.H. “Zeke” Tillman joined the company after graduating from Georgia Tech and spending 17 years in the banking industry. The business then changed its name to the McKey-Tillman Insurance Company. When Winston McKey retired in 1945, Zeke Tillman became the sole owner and he moved the business to a ground floor office at the corner of E. Central Avenue and McKey Street.
In 1954, Zeke Tillman was joined by his son, I.H. “Bubber” Tillman Jr. after he graduated from the University of Georgia and had been honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. By 1969 the agency had grown and needed more office space, so the business was moved to 502 N. Ashley St. and became the Tillman Insurance Agency. Zeke Tillman retired in 1977 at the age of 80.
Bubber’s son, Hamilton Tillman joined the agency in 1982 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Risk Management and Insurance. Prior to joining the agency, Hamilton worked as an underwriter for the Commercial Union Insurance Company in Boston, MA. In 1984, Hamilton became a Certified Insurance Counselor and in 1992 he completed the Certified Risk Manager’s Program. He also is a past President of the PIA of Georgia.
In 1992, Bubber’s youngest son, Dan Tillman, joined the agency after graduating from Valdosta State University. In 1995 he finished the Certified Insurance Counselor’s program, adding to his credentials of also being an Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist. In 2004, Hamilton and Dan Tillman moved the location of the business to its current location.
What started as a one-man agency with one Insurance Company contract in 1912 has developed into the Tillman Insurance Agency, with over fifteen direct contracts and access to hundreds of insurance companies.
The key to our success is our ability to build enduring relationships with our customers. We do this by adhering to the same philosophy, principles and integrity that our company was founded on in 1912. In building relationships with both our clients and the insurance industry, the principles of exceptional service and integrity will be our guide.
As an independent insurance agency we have great relationships with many well-known, reputable insurance companies, giving you the power of choice.
Our insurance advisors have years of experience in the insurance industry and serve as your advocate from selecting coverage through filing a claim.
Our insurance advisors have a strong passion for insurance and protecting what you value most in business and in life. We treat our customers like family.