INSURANCE SERVICE OF ASHEVILLE
Location: Asheville, NC
Agency head: James W. Stickney IV, president
Years in business: 57
Awards and accolades: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina President’s Club
James W. Stickney III founded Insurance Service of Asheville in 1958 “with no money and no hope of inheritance,” according his son, current company president James W. Stickney IV. The company, which began out of a basement room in the Battery Park Hotel, is now a thriving agency with skilled employees, loyal customers and a growing book of business.