Name of Business: Farm Bureau Insurance Virginia Farm Bureau/Southampton County

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 14, 2008

Address: 23507 Jerusalem Road, Courtland

Phone number: 653-9341

Operating Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (agents available 24/7)

E-mail address:

Nature of Business: Insurance agency

Principle owner/manager and title: Jim Jervey, LUTCF, agent

Year Founded: 1957

Prior Location: Main Street, Courtland: the old barbershop and house across from Shands Shopping Center

Number of employees: Eight: four agents and four administrative assistants

How’s business: Jumping and busy

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: We give personal attention to all of our clients, and our Farm Bureau membership advantages are unlimited.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: The confidence and trust of Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Co.

Advice to young entrepreneurs:

Learn the business, work hard, be patient, give prompt and personal customer service

Your first job: Pouring concrete footings under trailers at Paul D. Camp Community College, working for Bear Contractors in the early 1970s

Your role model (in business or in life generally): My dad, Packy Jervey, and Gail Parker, my former football coach and current agency manager

The key to a successful business is: Be polite, be prompt, be accessible, know and learn the insurance so we can advise our clients on the coverages they need.