Stuart Hope, CPCU CAIP
Stuart earned a BS degree in Insurance and Economic Security from the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business. He is a frequent speaker and author on insurance and risk management topics for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), AvBuyer Magazine, and Business Jet Traveler Magazine. His career as an aviation insurance broker began in 1979. Stuart was inducted into the Aviation Insurance Association's prestigious Eagle Society in 2015 for substantial contributions to the aviation industry. He focuses primarily on providing insurance and risk management solutions for turbine/jet business aircraft, aircraft management companies, fixed base operators, helicopter and charter companies.
- Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)
- Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation
- Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP) - GOLD designation
- Member [Former Chair] National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Aviation Insurance Committee
- Continuing Education (CE) Instructor - SC Department of Insurance
- Chairman - Richland County Airport Commission
A life-long fan of exercise, Stuart has competed in marathons, road bike events, triathlons, and most recently competed in the 2017 Reebok Crossfit Games Open & Online Qualifier finishing 1st in SC and 124th in the world in the Masters 60+ Division. Stuart also enjoys storming through the daily WOD at the local CrossFit Gym, hiking, and karaoke. His wife, Heidi Darr-Hope, is a professional artist, who created the Arts in Healing Program for Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital's Center for Cancer Treatment and Research and was a 2011 recipient of the Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Award, SC’s highest award for the arts.
"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'!"
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
"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."
President & CEO
"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."
Corporate Risk Manager
"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."
Richard Childress Racing
"We couldn't have asked for better service throughout this entire transaction - thank you for everything!"
Amick Equipment Company, Inc.
"The team at Hope Aviation always goes above and beyond the call of duty to meet our ever changing needs."
"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!"
Sevier County Choppers
"It is very reassuring to know that, whatever the situation, Hope Aviation will quickly and very satisfactorily resolve it."
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."
Computerway Food Systems
"I am very thankful that I was dealing with quality people and a quality insurance company."
"Hope Aviation makes buying insurance a pleasant experience!"
"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!"
Special Services Corporation
"You and your entire staff at Hope Aviation have been great to work with. I never worried about anything because I knew you guys had our best interest at heart and, in this day and time, that is an exception and not the rule."
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