Who We Are

Sterling Thompson Company began as a sole proprietorship in Louisville in 1937. Sterling Thompson, the company founder, employed his nephew Jack R. Thompson after World War II. Jack Thompson assumed ownership and brought in his son, Steve B. Thompson, in 1973. In 1982, R. Alex Rankin joined the firm and now serves as acting Chairman.

In 2002, Philip D. Anderton joined the agency, where he now holds the title of President.  Each department within the agency is led by a member of the 4-person management team, and in total the agency is comprised of roughly 40 employees.   

The agency has enjoyed a history of steady growth over the last 80 years. The skills and professionalism of our employees coupled with the relationship approach to service give our clients peace of mind, knowing they are partnering with a best-in-class agency for their risk management needs.

Sterling Thompson Co. has consistently been named a “Best Practices Firm” which is awarded to the top 25% of all insurance agencies.



We strive to be the preeminent provider of insurance products and Risk Management services in the judgment of our stakeholders; our clients, suppliers, and employees.


Sterling Thompson Company is an insurance service organization comprised of people with the highest level of professionalism, product knowledge and integrity who, working together, deliver superior outcomes which create long term client relationships.


We believe in the importance of the insurance business and its future. The needs of our clients are paramount and we value the trust they place in us. We pledge to provide thorough and professional service to our clients, while offering the most affordable, comprehensive coverages available in the marketplace.