Van is currently President of Southern Insurance Consulting, where he assists insurance agencies with valuations and mergers & acquisitions. He also provides expert testimony, litigation support and coverage analysis. In 2000, he joined the University of Mississippi faculty as Adjunct Professor of Insurance and teaches Finance 341 – “Risk Management and Insurance”. In 2011, Van joined the faculty of The National Alliance for Insurance Education where he teaches “Legal & Ethical Responsibilities” under the CIC curriculum.
A licensed insurance agent since 1972, Van served as President of the Southern Insurance Group (SIG) from 1988 until 2000. Under his leadership, the agency grew to become the third largest in Mississippi, with locations in six cities and a separate financial services division. In 1995, SIG was selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of the 40 Fastest Growing Businesses in the state. The agency was consistently recognized as one of the Leading Insurance Agencies in the United States by the IIABA and Reagan & Associates through their Best Practices Program. From 1985 to 1997, Van was responsible for the acquisition and consolidation of the thirteen agencies which, together with Fred Vann & Company, came to form SIG. From 1997 to 2000, he negotiated the sale of the agencies to Farmers & Merchants Bank, Peoples Bank and Renasant Bank.
In 1991, Van co-founded Associated Insurors of Mississippi (AIM), a state-wide marketing group or “cluster”, which consisted of nine large agencies from across the state. He continued to serve on the board of AIM until 2009 and served as President of Magnolia Insurance Company, a Bermuda based captive insurer that the group formed in 1999.
He joined Fred Vann & Company as vice-president and agency manager in 1977. While in that position, he learned all the day to day activities required of an insurance agent and agency. He also served as a producer, writing everything from $25 notary bonds to a PVC manufacturer with plants in six states and annual premiums of over $1,000,000. He was successful in placing all required coverages, including political risk insurance, on the cellular telephone system for the city of Moscow during the breakup of the Soviet Union. He held non-resident insurance licenses in nineteen states.
In 1975, Van received a BBA from the University of Mississippi, where he was a University Scholar and selected to the Hall of Fame. He earned a Master of Insurance degree (MI) from Georgia State University in 1977.
He is a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and an Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI).
Van currently serves as president of the American Association of Insurance Management Consultants (AAIMCO). He served as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi (IIAM) for 1999-2000 and is currently on their Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of Mississippi Insurance Managers, the state’s largest MGA, until its sale in 2009. He has chaired the Ole Miss Insurance Advisory Council and continues as a member. He served on the National USF&G Agents’ Council and was chairman of the Mississippi Council. While on the NAC, he helped develop a new agency contract that was implemented nationwide. He was a member of The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers’ (CIAB) National Agency Management Committee and was state chairman of their CouncilPac Committee. As one of the first full time agency managers in Mississippi, he led a team effort in producing an agency policy & procedures manual that is considered to be one of the most comprehensive ever written and has been widely used as a model.
For several years during Mississippi’s workers’ compensation “crisis”, Van co-chaired the IIAM Workers’ Compensation Task Force and also co-authored the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Source Book. He publishes the IIAM Directory of Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Groups. He was a member of the Banking and Insurance Working Group and helped draft the compromise provisions that were eventually adopted as the final regulations under which banks could sell insurance in Mississippi.
Van has served as a speaker and panel member for numerous insurance industry groups and has taught the IIAM Agents’ Errors & Omissions Seminar. He has testified before the Mississippi Department of Insurance and before both the Mississippi Senate and House Insurance Committees.
Van has been President or Chairman of Corinth Rotary Club, Alcorn County United Way, the Arts Council, Corinth Business Association, the Corinth Preservation Commission, Friends of the Siege & Battle of Corinth, the Dorothy Garrett Girl Scout Camp and the Alcorn County Cancer Society. He has served on the Mississippi Republican Party Executive Committee, the Commission for Mississippi’s Future and was a delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and has served on the boards of his Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Mississippi, the Mississippi Cancer Society and BIPEC.
Before moving to Nashville in 2016, he was a Ruling Elder and Trustee at First Presbyterian Church of Corinth and served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons and Superintendent of the Sunday School.
Van was born June 17, 1953, and grew up in Water Valley, Mississippi. He and his wife, Mary, have two children and four grandchildren. Van enjoys trophy hunting and reading historical fiction, but his most active interest is locating, acquiring and archiving any document that originated in or depicts Corinth during the Civil War.