For more than fifty years, we have provided comprehensive, affordable, customized coverage to customers throughout East Tennessee. We are a locally owned and operated independent agency with extensive resources, which means you get the best insurance at the best prices so you can “Be safer with Shafer.”

 

Our Founder – Alex A. Shafer

Alex A. Shafer was born in Bluefield, West Virginia. He later moved to Knoxville where he attended The University of Tennessee. It was there that he met his future wife, Evelyn.

Alex worked in the rental car business until the 1940’s when he joined Fowler Insurance Agency. The Agency was later renamed to Fowler, Shafer, and Sims. When Alex’s son, Bo, was discharged from the Army in July 1963, Alex formed Shafer Insurance Agency.

Alex believed strongly in helping others in the community. He was very active in the Knoxville community and, in addition to helping others whenever possible, he served as a member of the School Board, Governor of the Knoxville, TN District Kiwanis organization and Leader of the Elks Club.

 

1963

Shafer Insurance Agency is started with 3 employees

 

1966

Bought Dameron Avenue property

 

1967

Founder, Alex A. Shafer passed away

 

1968

Moved into first building located at 719 Dameron Avenue

 

1969

Agency was sold to Expedior Systems, Inc.

 

1971

Bo Shafer purchased agency back

 

1974

Agency incorporated and increased to 9 employees

 

1978

Bond Department began operations

 

1995

Alexander C. “Andy” Shafer joined agency making the 3rd generation of Shafer Insurance Agency

 

2001

Moved to new building located at 1100 Marion St.

 

2002

Employee Benefits Department began operations

 

2003

First acquisition of another agency

 

2004

Expanded Personal Lines Department

 

2005

Surety Department tripled in size

 

2007

Safety Services Department added to further benefit our clients

 

2008

Acquired agency in Kingsport, Tennessee

 

2009

Claim Coordinator added to further benefit our clients

 

2011

Dedicated Construction Practice formed

 

2013

Shafer HR Solutions created

 

2016

Safety Services & Claims Departments expanded to accommodate Agency growth