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Marion Hope, CAIP

marionMarion graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with BS degrees in both Accounting and Insurance.  He is a nationally known aviation insurance speaker and author of numerous articles and papers. Marion was inducted into the Aviation Insurance Association's prestigious Eagle Society in 2015 for substantial contributions to the aviation industry. 


  • Licensed Airline Transport Pilot
  • Commercial Rotorwing and Seaplane Pilot
  • Certified Flight Instructor for single and multi-engine aircraft, including instruments.
  • Advanced Aviation Insurance Broker training at Lloyd's of London
  • Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP)
  • Past Board Member & Insurance Committee Chairman - Helicopter Association International (HAI)
  • Past President - South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA)
  • Continuing Education (CE) Instructor - SC Department of Insurance 


Marion has been a referee for high school football, college football, and high school basketball, and he has been inducted into the South Carolina Football and Basketball Official's Hall of Fame. He is married to Judy Seawright Hope, an accomplished social worker, and together they have one son, Graham Seawright Hope. Marion enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, traveling and reading.

I thought someone was speaking ugly of my buddy Stuart Hope in this month's World Aircraft Sales, by calling you a PUNC. Well instead I found you were sharing with the world what you have done for us for a long time. I am glad I have you in my corner to keep Pat and me straight. I do rely on you and I want to say "Thank You"!

Don Bell
Bell Aviation, Inc.

Whew, thank you for the good news, and the super prompt response! You will always have my business. You wouldn't believe the number of calls I get from other outfits trying to solicit my insurance business from you! I have been so well treated by you and your company, though, that they will never have a chance!

Dr Albert S Lee

Peregrine Aviation

Shannon Hope balanced the best coverage with the best price for us by getting to know our business and operations to identify areas of potential risk. Best of all, he is very easy to do business with and very quick to respond, truly providing outstanding client service. Hope Aviation has my highest recommendation."

Christopher Leonard
Velocity Solutions, Inc.

Hope Aviation has been a valuable partner to our company in managing our aviation insurance needs. Their friendly and professional approach has allowed us to make informed decisions that fit our requirements.

Stuart Weidie
President & CEO
Blossman Gas

The service provided by Hope Aviation has been the most important factor for us. Whether it is on a difficult claim, reviewing a contract or a normal renewal, Hope has always provided the kind of service and assistance that we needed.

Larry Whatley
Corporate Risk Manager
Southern Company

My sincere thanks for your "Over & Above" efforts of this past Friday evening. I was so excited that there are still individuals that truly know the meaning of customer service. This shows me the level of service at Hope Aviation Insurance is something that is practiced and not just talked about.

Webster Swicegood

Richard Childress Racing

We couldn't have asked for better service throughout this entire transaction - thank you for everything!

Bill Amick
Amick Equipment Company, Inc.

The team at Hope Aviation always goes above and beyond the call of duty to meet our ever changing needs.

John Mellette
Corporate Insurance
SCANA Corporation

As much as I hate to pay for insurance I owe my peace of mind to the crew at Hope Aviation Insurance. They try their best to keep me protected and for this I say thanks. The care given is above the best!

Jim Garst
Sevier County Choppers

It is very reassuring to know that, whatever the situation, Hope Aviation will quickly and very satisfactorily resolve it.

Curt Dockter
Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC

I am a very satisfied customer and wish to express my appreciation for the professionalism, courtesy, and promptness with which you handled my circumstance. You lived up to every expectation that Hope Insurance has assured me of.

Bill Altenpohl
Computerway Food Systems

I am very thankful that I was dealing with quality people and a quality insurance company.

Dave Ames
Airpict, Inc.

Hope Aviation makes buying insurance a pleasant experience!

John Mason
Valcom, Inc.

Eric Barfield is a thorough and dedicated professional. No doubt Eric cares about others which leads us to the conclusion that Hope Aviation cares about clients. We are proud to have these guys on our team!

Jim Alexander
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