Our History


McNair & Company, Inc., founded in 1931, is a third-generation estate planning firm that has been providing objective advice, creative insurance solutions, and exemplary service for families and businesses for more than 80 years. In 2014, Frederick V. McNair IV founded envisage, a premium service for his high-net worth clientele, marking another milestone in his distinctive 28-year career in the insurance industry.


Frederick V. McNair, Jr., Captain, USN 1903, received the Medal of Honor at the Battle of Vera Cruz in 1912. He established an estate taxation practice in Washington, D.C. in 1931 while commuting daily from his home in Annapolis, MD. Captain McNair instilled the principles of leadership and service, forged in battle in the firm.


Frederick V. McNair, Jr.


Congressional Medal of Honor


Frederick V. McNair III


Frederick V. McNair III, Lieutenant, USN, joined the firm immediately after serving in the Pacific Naval Campaign during World War II. He included Executive Benefit Services to the firm’s repertoire in 1946. He earned the Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1954 and was a Life and Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table throughout his career. By the mid-1950s, the firm had grown to be one of the leading life insurance advisory firms in the Mid-Atlantic. Fred III managed the firm’s growth for more than 50 years before his death in 2003.

Fred V. McNair IV

Fred V. McNair IV


Fred McNair IV became President of McNair & Company, Inc. in 1987. Having launched envisage in 2014, Fred IV remains commited to perpetuating the primary values inculcated in the firm by his predecessors: superior service, trusted advice, assurance, and continuity. As an advocate for consumer rights, Fred IV is a widely published author, a founding member of the National Committee on Best Practices and a former board member of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU). He has been a perennial member of MDRT Top of the Table.

In 2005, Fred IV implemented $100 million of permanent, trust-owned life insurance on a single client, spread amongst five different insurance companies. Fred IV also placed $170 million of corporate-owned life insurance premium for a Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation (NQDC) plan for 400 executives at a Fortune 100 company. Fred IV currently manages over $1 billion of in-force life insurance with the average face amount being $7.5 million. Fred IV resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Amy, and has four children – Alexandra, Freddy V, Ian, and Seth.  Full Bio Available.


Fred III and Fred IV, Davis Cup Finals, Washington, D.C. 1999


The McNair family has a rich history of competitive excellence.

A four-time NCAA All-American and NCAA doubles finalist in 1973, Fred IV was co-captain of the University of North Carolina men’s varsity tennis team. In 1976, he and Sherwood Stewart were ranked the No.1 doubles team in the world after winning the French Open and the Grand Prix Masters titles. In 1977 at the 100th Anniversary of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Championships, Fred IV advanced to the third round and played the longest match of the tournament winning 15-13 in the fifth set. Fred IV was also a member of the team that won the 1978 U.S. Davis Cup.


Fred IV and Frederick III, six-time National Father & Son Doubles Champions

The McNairs are the only family to have competed in the U.S. Men’s Singles Tennis Championship for three consecutive generations. Fred IV competed at both Forest Hills and Flushing Meadows in the “Open Era” from 1969-1982. In 2001, Fred IV was formally  inducted into the NCAA Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.

Fred IV served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Education Foundation (MATEF) and as Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Tennis Committee in 2004-2006.

Today, Fred IV remains actively engaged in tennis and enjoys playing golf with friends and family at Congressional Country Club.  McNair envisions his clients as doubles partners, collaborating with them and ultimately implementing a legacy of love that will impact their families for generations.