Markel around the world

Featuring Richmond, VA

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Office highlights
  • Home to Markel since the 1930s when Sam Markel relocated the company to Richmond from Norfolk, VA 
  • In the 1960s, Markel commissioned an architect to design the headquarters building which was inspired by a baked potato wrapped in foil; check out the Markel Building, a unique Richmond landmark now occupied by other companies
  • The current Richmond campus houses about 1,500 associates for Corporate, Wholesale, Specialty, Markel Ventures, and Shared Services; it is also the hub for Markel Wholesale’s Southeast region
  • Markel’s ACT committee in Richmond works tirelessly to support local nonprofits, including blood and food banks, learning centers, cancer research, organizations supporting children and families in need, and more.
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Interesting facts about Richmond
Location: Midpoint on the East Coast, halfway between
New England and Florida 
Latitude: 37° N
Longitude: 77° W
Avg temp in Jan: 47° F / 8° C
Avg temp in Jul: 90° F / 32 C
Population: About 200,000
 Markel headquarters: Richmond, VA

Originally inhabited by Powhatan Indians and located on the banks of the James River, Richmond, Virginia, is home to Patrick Henry’s birthplace and famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, the world’s first successful electric streetcar system, Hollywood Cemetery, and Markel’s headquarters. Founded in 1737, Richmond is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s capitol and rich with more than 400 years of American history, art, and culture.

Two US presidents, Monroe and Tyler, are buried in Hollywood Cemetery along with Confederate President Davis and more than 18,000 Civil War soldiers.

Famous residents include actor Warren Beatty, poet Edgar Allen Poe, and tennis hero Arthur Ashe

Known as The River City, Richmond was chosen to host the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships (Worlds) by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) through a competitive bidding process similar to the Olympic Games. Join us on September 19-27, 2015 to check out cycling’s pinnacle event and one of the world’s great global sporting events.

Learn more about Richmond

Everything you want to know about RVA

Virginia State Capitol

The Richmond Marathon – America’s friendliest marathon

The Seven Hills of Richmond


Richmond Markel associates
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Markel supports Special Olympics

Supporting Virginia Special Olympics in the Richmond Corporate Games is just one of the ways Richmond associates reach out to the community