In 1921, following a distinguished military career during World War I, Major C.R. Morgan formed the C.R. Morgan Company, an insurance agency in Charleston, WV. The agency prospered under the leadership of Major Morgan, becoming the premier agency servicing the West Virginia construction industry.
Following the death of Major Morgan in 1954, the agency was sold to a group of Charleston businessmen. Following a few difficult years, in 1962, a client from Cincinnati, OH purchased the agency and hired George H. Friedlander to manage the agency. Mr. Friedlander brought a strong background in Surety and Insurance, having served as a field representative for the Hartford Insurance Company.
Under Mr. Friedlander’s leadership, the agency continued to grow building upon the underwriting backgrounds of Mr. Friedlander and staff. Their strong understanding of the construction insurance and surety markets enabled the agency to be a valuable resource to their clients, providing a level of service beyond the industry norm.
In 1970, George Friedlander and Anthony (Tony) Stanchina purchased the C.R. Morgan Company and changed the name to George H. Friedlander Company. Tony had served as a branch office Surety Manager for USF&G prior to joining the agency earlier that year. Through the years, the agency continued to look toward individuals with construction underwriting expertise as future owners. In 1979, David Thomas (USF&G Surety Underwriter), and Rick Higginbotham (USF&G Casualty Underwriting Manager) joined the ranks; followed in 1998 by Bill Phelps (Zurich, Regional Construction Underwriting Manager) and Jeff O’Dell (Westfield Surety Manager ) in 2004.
Operating today as The Friedlander Company the agency, through the efforts of an experienced and dedicated staff, continues to forge the long history…with a personal commitment to be the benchmark of service to each and every client represented.