Skip to the content

About Us

HeroNelles Insurance Solutions was founded in May 2008 with the goal of establishing an independent, all-lines insurance agency serving the needs of their clients first.  We strive to offer our community a relationship driven agency that provides superior customer service along with exceptional, value-driven insurance products. Nelles Insurance Solutions has direct appointments with great companies that offer custom coverages and award-winning customer service.  Through these companies we can find the right insurance at a competitive price for just about any need. 

In April, 2011 Nelles Insurance Solutions received The Salt Block Project’s Entrepreneur Recognition from Sweet Briar College & Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling for showing sustained profitable growth in during an economic recession.  And in November, 2011 Nelles Insurance Solutions was honored to be voted Best Insurance Agency with the Lynchburg News & Advance Readers’ Choice Award.  Nelles Insurance Solutions was the only independent insurance agency to receive this recognition.  Since then, we have been honored with numerous other awards.

Dave Nelles, the President and principal agent of Nelles Insurance Solutions, has been supporting clients in the insurance industry for over 20 years.  Before starting Nelles Insurance Solutions, Dave was a commercial lines underwriting specialist for Nationwide Insurance, a Fortune 100 company.  Dave has learned that you can’t grow a great business alone.  Developing a strong network of personal and professional influences has been key to the success of his agency. 

Dave was born and raised in Michigan, but gravity and the good graces of God carried Dave to the wonderful Commonwealth of Virginia where, by the Grace of God, he will stay.  Dave moved to Lynchburg in 1993 to attend and graduate from Liberty University.  Upon graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree, he continued with his education by earning his Master’s Degree in 2000. 

Dave familyDave married Lynchburg native Brandy Gryder in January 2000.  Brandy is an amazing wife and mother to their teenage daughter, Ashley who is in high school at Liberty Christian Academy, in Lynchburg, VA. 

For SOLUTIONS THAT PROTECT WHAT YOU VALUE MOST trust Nelles Insurance Solutions for all your insurance needs.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • 2021 – Lynchburg Living Magazine Best Insurance Agency
  • 2021 – Lynchburg Living Magazine Best Insurance Agent
  • 2020 – Lynchburg Living Magazine Best Insurance Agency (Honorable Mention)
  • 2019  – Lynchburg Business Magazine Best  Commercial Insurance Agent
  • 2019 – Lynchburg Business Magazine Best Independent Insurance Agency
  • 2019 – Lynchburg Business Magazine Best Commercial Insurance Firm
  • 2019 – Lynchburg Business Magazine Best Life Insurance Provider
  • 2019 – Lynchburg Living Magazine Best Insurance Agency
  • 2018 – Lynchburg Business Magazine Best Independent Insurance Agency
  • 2018 – Lynchburg Business Magazine Best Commercial Insurance Firm (Gold)
  • 2018 – Lynchburg Business Magazine Best Health Insurance Provider For Businesses (Gold)
  • 2018 – Lynchburg Living Magazine Best Insurance Agency (Honorable Mention)
  • 2016-2017 – Lynchburg Living Magazine Best Insurance Agency
  • 2016 – ERIE Insurance Founders Award – for growth and profitability
  • 2015 – ERIE Insurance Founders Award – for growth and profitability
  • 2015 Lynchburg News & Advance Readers’ Choice – Best Insurance Agent
  • 2014 Lynchburg News & Advance Readers’ Choice – Best Insurance Agent
  • 2012 – ERIE Insurance Founders Award – for growth and profitability
  • 2011 – ERIE Insurance Founders Award – for growth and profitability
  • 2011 Sweet Briar College Salt Block Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 2011 Lynchburg News & Advance Reader Choice – Best Insurance Agent

An Independent Advantage

We are Independent Agents in Lynchburg, Virginia, free to choose the best carrier for your insurance needs. We do not work for an insurance company; we work for you. We work on your side when you have a loss and follow through to see that you get fair, prompt payment and service. Nelles Insurance Solutions represents a carefully selected group of financially strong, reputable insurance companies. Therefore, we are able to offer you the best coverage at the most competitive price.

Dave-headshot-2What is an Independent Insurance Agent?

When you decide to buy a car, you wouldn’t purchase the first one you see. What if one day the automobile industry decided to make only one type of car, one make and one model. You wouldn’t have a choice!

The same situation holds true for insurance. You need insurance to drive a car, to purchase a house, to protect your family’s financial future and to run a small business. But if there was only one insurance company that offered only one type of insurance, you wouldn’t have a choice. The only solution would be going to that one company.

With an independent insurance agent, you have choices. Independent agents are not tied to any one insurance company. One of the advantages of using an independent agent is that he or she works to satisfy your needs. You are using an expert for an important financial decision.

An independent agent has several companies that he or she can approach to get you the best coverage at the best price. And your independent agent will know the companies with the most efficient claims departments to recover your losses as quickly as possible.

When you buy insurance, you want an advocate who will properly assess the risks you face and give you an objective analysis of the marketplace, because it’s up to you to make the final choice.