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Marcia E. Adams Gilliam

Marcia E. Adams Gilliam

Engagement and Promotion

Marcia Adams Gilliam, CLU, has over 34 years of experience in the Insurance Industry specializing in

Life, Health, and Employee Benefits.  In 1993, she was a founding partner and was named President of

CSE Financial Services, Inc.., an independent Life, Health, and Employee benefit insurance agency with

Offices in Abingdon and Wise, VA.  She was also a partner in CSE Insurance Agency, the Property and

Casualty insurance affiliate of CSE Financial Services.  In 2013, CSE Agency and Financial Services

Merged with The Hilb Group of VA., LLC and joined a now $100M insurance conglomerate.  Marcia

Continues to serve the Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee insurance markets with her expertise.


Marcia is a 1982 Magna Cum laude graduate of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and The

American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.  She is currently the Chair of the UVA Wise College Board and was a

member of The UVA $3B Capital Campaign Executive Committee and the Co-Chair of the successful UVA

Wise $50M Capital Campaign which exceeded its goal by raising over $67M.  Marcia

Is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon,

VA and serves as the Chair of the Foundation Board for the Center.  She served on the State Board for

Community Colleges and as a Commissioner on the Government Reform and Restructuring Commission

Formed by Gov. Bob McDonnell. 


Marcia’s activities in the community are numerous including leadership roles with The William King

Museum of Art, Barter Theatre, Girl’s Inc., Bristol YWCA, and other regional organizations.  She has

been honored by The Virginia State Bar Association as a 2014 Influential Women of Virginia honoree,

The Junior League of Bristol as the Sustainer of the Year, Boss of the Year by the

Insurance Women of Southwest Virginia, recipient of the Tri-Cities Business Journal “Forty Under

Forty”, and the finalist in the Community Service Award given by the Bristol YWCA. 


Marcia and her husband, Marvin, live in Bristol, VA