- Last Updated on 07:46 AM 03/28/14
- BY Danielle Vaughn
Halifax resident Brandon Scearce was honored to be held in the same esteem as others before him when the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce presented the Business Person of the Year award to him during its annual meeting and awards banquet Tuesday night at the World of Sports.
“When I think about the people who have won it in the past years, I am just honored to be considered in the same sentence as them because there are some really wonderfully talented people in Halifax County who give a great deal of time and energy,” Scearce said.
He recalls the moment they called his name.
“I was sitting their listening, and all I heard him (the presenter) say was ‘he was the public spokesperson for the Virginia Cantaloupe Festival,’ and my hands starting getting wet, and I said to myself ‘I think he’s talking about me’ because I was the one who was chosen to do most of the interviews with (WSET) Channel 13 and most of the publicity and was just the public face in the change of the Virginia Cantaloupe Festival. And after I thought he was talking about me, I really didn’t hear what else he was saying. I thought I heard my name, but I was just kind of in shock. I don’t really recall what he said, I just remember I motioned to my wife and said I think I’m going to win this. There were parts of my background he was saying that I didn’t hear because I was nervously thinking about what I would say when I walked up there,” Scearce said.
“When I shook hands with him, it really didn’t sink in that that had happened. When you think about what you would say, I left out a number of things. But what I did try to convey was that I think this a fantastic place to live, work and raise a family, and I’m just honored to be a part of the community, and I am very humbled by receiving any recognition.”
Scearce said his wife, Michele, and two children, 12-year-old Maci and 4-year-old Griffin, couldn’t have been more proud of him.
He said the children were both excited recalling how Griffin kept referring to his plaque as a trophy, and Maci had so many questions about the award and how he won it.
Scearce, the principal agent of two Nationwide insurance offices, one in South Boston and the other in Danville, is a 1991 graduate of Tunstall High School in Dry Fork.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., and a masters degree in business administration from Averett University in Danville.
He began his career in the insurance business in October 1997 as an associate agent at his mom’s Nationwide office in Danville, which later became his after his mother’s retirement.
He has worked in the industry for 17 years coming to South Boston after Nationwide offered him the opportunity to open an office in the area in November 2004.
In addition to being named Chamber Businessperson of the Year, he has received other accolades including the Nationwide Insurance District Community Service Award, Nationwide Bronze Life Insurance Sales Award and the Nationwide Champion Insurance Sales Award.
He serves as co-chair for the Virginia Cantaloupe Festival, is the founding member of the Virginia Coalition and is a member of Halifax Forward. He also is a former Halifax County Chamber of Commerce Board Chair.
He is a deacon, served on the administrative board and is the treasurer at Dan River Baptist Church.
Over the years, Scearce said he has truly grown so much as a businessman and has learned how important it is to build relationships with his clients as well as the people in the community.
“I think it’s been enjoyable to meet so many new people. We have people who been insured with our agency since they started driving, and you start to learn the children’s names and start to learn what’s going on in their lives. They know we’re going to look out for them. They know we’re going to take care of them.
“When they have children, we end up writing their children and keeping them forever. Just having a relationship with clients is really important and to know they can count on you when they need it.
“It’s just been a blessing to be part of it. I’m very fortunate with staff that I have and the clients to be able to do this every day.
“With the board I’m fortunate enough to serve on, I gain knowledge every time we get together because there are so many passionate people in this county. It’s enjoyable to be around them to gain their knowledge.”
He offers advice to other business-minded individuals to have friends who share a passion in business and knowledge they can share.