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The History of JM Wilson

James M. Wilson

World War I

1917

James M. Wilson, Sr. returns home from World War I as a decorated war hero.

JM Wilson original office

Founded

1920

JM Wilson Corporation is founded as a wholesale bond writer.

World War II

1941

James Wilson, Jr. and Paul Wilson serve their country as the United States enters World War II.

Family Business

1945

Sons James & Paul (a decorated Army Air Corp bomber crewman) return from WWII and join their father in the family business.

JM Wilson original collateral materials

Officially an MGA

1948

JM Wilson becomes a Managing General Agency (MGA) and also begins offering property & casualty, personal lines, and standard classes of business.

Expansion of Product Lines

1966

Inland marine, transportation, and excess & surplus lines added to JM Wilson’s product portfolio.

James and Paul Wilson

Second Generation

1967

Sons James and Paul take over the family business after James M. Wilson, Sr. passes away.

New Chairman

1983

Paul Wilson takes over as chairman of JM Wilson.

New Branch Office

1984

Branch office opens in Madison, WI.

New Branch Office

1986

Purchase of an MGA in Columbus, OH.

David Wilson

New President

1987

David Wilson, son of Paul and grandson of James M. Wilson, Sr. is appointed President of JM Wilson.

moving from Cedar Street to Moorsbridge

Home Office Move

1988

The JM Wilson home office moves from Kalamazoo, MI to the current location in Portage, MI.

Partnership Formed

1992

JM Wilson partners with an MGA in Florida which becomes Enright & Wilson.

Acquisition

1996

Purchase of an MGA in Arlington Heights, IL.

Acquisition

1997

Purchase of an MGA in Carmel, IN.

New Branch Office

2001

Branch office opens in Kansas City, MO.

PIA award

MGA of the Year

2011

JM Wilson named PIA MGA of the Year.

New Branch Office

2014

Branch office opens in North Charleston, SC.

5 star MGA

5 Star MGA

2016

JM Wilson named a 5 Star MGA by Insurance Business America.

Territory Expansion

2017

Surety and brokerage products are now offered nationwide.

JM Wilson 100 years logo

100 Years

2020

JM Wilson celebrates 100 years in business.

Learn about our president.

meet David Wilson