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McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. has a history of service to our clients reaching back more than 100 years.  Today we are part of the 5th largest insurance brokerage firm in the United States. 
 
1886Founding of Molton Allen & Williams, Inc. - A cornerstone firm in the early Birmingham business community and the progenitor of McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. Mr. Elliott T. Williams, Jr. would eventually come from this firm.
1903Founding of the firm of Jemison & Seibels, Inc., from which Mr. Henry G. Seibels, Jr. later came
1912Founding of Ed S. Moore and Lee McGriff, Inc., a general insurance agency from which Mr. Lee McGriff, Jr. later came.
1968Formation of McGriff & Seibels, Inc.
1982Merger of McGriff & Seibels, Inc. with Molton Allen and Williams, Inc. to form McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. This company was led by Lee McGriff, Henry Seibels and Elliott Williams and specialized in Property & Casualty insurance with an emphasis on the Energy & Marine industry.
1982Formation of McGriff, Seibels & Williams of Georgia, Inc. and the opening of a full-service office in Atlanta, GA.
1987Transition of management function to the next generation - Bruce Dunbar appointed Chairman / CEO and Gary Cooney appointed Vice Chairman.
1991Establishment of an office in Houston, TX, an initial entry into the rapidly developing Southwest.
1992Acquisition of Peter Barbara & Associates and the formation of McGriff, Seibels & Williams of Texas, Inc., a major initiative into the Energy & Marine industry.
1998Continued expansion into Southwest with the opening of the Dallas, TX office.
2004Merged with BB&T to become part of the 7th largest brokerage firm in the United States.  The traits that made McGriff, Seibels and Williams the 2nd largest privately-held broker in the United States remain the same. 
2004Expanded operations to the West Coast with the opening of an office in Irvine, CA.  Operation merged with BB&T Insurance Services in 2008.
2005Expanded retail operation into the Midwest with the opening of the St. Louis office.
2006Opened offices in Portland, OR with an initial focus on transportation and expanding into a full service operation.
2007Established an office in New Orleans, LA
2012Expanded operations into the Northeast with the opening of an office in New York, NY.
2012Transitioned management function of the company - Tommy Ebner is appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of McGriff.
2014McGriff acquires Caledonian Insurance Group, Inc., located in Mercer Island, Washington.
2014Established an office in Denver, CO. 
2016Established an office in Philadelphia, PA.