About us

About Us

WHA is licensed to conduct insurance business in 48 states, with over 40 licensed agents who are each uniquely trained to specialize in a specific type of coverage. Combined, our team can meet almost any insurance and risk management need you may encounter. We hold both insurance and consulting licenses, and for those clients who are only looking for Risk Management, our services are available for a fee or at an hourly rate.

We believe that we can best serve you through a thorough understanding of both our industry and yours. Many agents in the industry simply “talk insurance” at their clients, but our involvement with your trade associations allows us to talk with you about your industry and how it relates to your specific needs. Each of our licensed agents and consultants are singularly focused on the needs of one of 14 specific industries, which means that all clients are serviced by a specialist who has devoted their time and training to targeted areas of risk. That superior market and coverage knowledge can then translate into more accurate coverage options at better rates.

History

WHA (Wilson Heirgood Associates) was established as an all-lines insurance agency by Hobart Wilson in 1950. Through the early 1980s, WHA adopted and honed its specialized take on insurance, with licensed agents and consultants who focused singularly on specific industries. This included involvement in trade associations tied to each specialty, and by the mid-1980s, we were honored to be regular lecturers on important issues unique to those same trade associations. Meanwhile, we developed a separate risk management company—Alexander & Alexander—to provide risk management services tailored to those trade associations’ needs. With Alexander & Alexander now an in-house division of WHA, those original partnerships are still in place 30 years later.

The 2000s saw WHA expanding its licensing outside of the Northwest, and today we are licensed in 48 states. We also diversified our risk management services from solely traditional insurance-based risk management to include non-insurance-related services. Since the 2010s, we have continued to evolve our risk management strategy, and we now offer more comprehensive risk management through WHA insurance contracts, when appropriate, or separate services when it best meets our clients’ needs.