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Jeff Nosenzo Head Shot
Brown Insurance is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Nosenzo to its team as the head of the Commercial Lines Business Development Department. Since joining the agency, Nosenzo has passed licensing examinations for life and health insurance as well as property and casualty insurance. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business where he received a degree in Marketing Management. He is also a member of the Virginia Tech Hokie Club as well as a past vice-president of the New River Valley Home Builders Association.

“We are so excited to have Jeff join our growing team,” Tommy Via Jr., agency president, said. “He brings with him a wealth of knowledge from prior experience and relationships and will be a valuable asset to our team.”



Brown Insurance has recently added two members to it's team, including Chris Eads (left), sales agent and Aaron Ransdell (right), customer servicer representative, personal lines.

Both were featured in The Roanoke Times' "Business recognitions and promotions".

You can read more about Chris Eads and Aaron Ransdell on our website.


Kelsey Atkins and Melanie Eads were both featured in the Valley Business Front November Issue for their respective joining the agency, and new certification.  Congradulations Melanie and Kelsey!


Sales agent, Mike McCarthy recently attended a class by The Hartford and learned this tip that can keep your home and family ready in the event of a fire:

Daylight savings time is right around the corner and I learned in The Hartford class that along with changing the clocks and batteries in the smoke detectors; you should also check and maintain your home fire extinguisher.

First make sure the needle in the gauge at the top is in the green showing full charge.  Many folks don’t know that over time the powder inside settles and solidifies at the bottom.  If you were to discharge it in this state all the gas would come out without the extinguishing agent – Not very helpful.    What you need to do is  turn the extinguisher  upside down andgently tap the bottom with a hammer once or twice. After you tap the bottom you will actually hear and feel the solid powder disperse back into the gas making the extinguisher ready to go in case of an emergency.

Mike McCarthy
Brown Insurance
Dedicated to your protection since 1927

The following article from My New Markets provides facts about liquor liability and what it can mean to your business.


The Brown Insurance Agency, of Blacksburg, VA, announces Melanie Eads as their Melanie-Eadsnewest Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR).This program, sponsored by the National Alliance of Insurance Education & Research, empowers outstanding individuals to provide exceptional customer service and is designed to cover important aspects of the insurance field.


Melanie is a Personal Lines Account Manager with over 24 years in the independent agency system with experience that includes life and health licensing. 

           Kelsey Atkins  

Brown Insurance announces the addition of Kelsey Atkins to the Commercial Lines Team as a Customer Service Representative in the Blacksburg office. Atkins is a Salem High School graduate and earned a Business Information Technology degree from Virginia Tech in 2013. Currently, Kelsey is pursuing her Property & Casualty Insurance license.

In March, Brown Insurance hosted a Taiwanese Group who was in Blacksburg for the Rotary Group Study Exchange. This terrific group of young people, led by Rotarian Emma from the Rotary Club of Kaohsiung Lighthouse, visited our office to learn about insurance in the United States.  Grace is in the insurance industry in Taiwan and jrry is an administrative assistant to a dentist.  Courtnie is in research.

Read more about their visit here.

See their blog, here.

Brown's President, Tommy Via, is featured in March 2013 Valley Business Front magazine's Executive Profile, "The Assurance of Insurance," page 60-61. The article discusses Via’s plan as he joins the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia. http://vbfront.com/VBFront_Mar13/index.html. Linked here is the press release from Brown.

Nancy Via, Commercial Lines Agent for Brown Insurance, helped to raise money for the  Special Olympics Virginia by doing the Highlander Polar Plunge on March 2. Nancy was part of a team of 13 women from the Blacksburg Junior Women's Club that raised nearly $5500 for the event.