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KNOXVILLE and FRANKLIN, Tenn – SmartBank is proud to announce the appointment of Brad Place as our new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Place brings a wealth of experience in the technology industry, having spent over 25 years in rapidly growing and dynamic environments.

As CTO, Place will be responsible for leading SmartBank’s technology strategy, driving innovation, and ensuring that the Bank remains at the forefront of technological advancements in the financial industry.

“We are thrilled to have Brad join our team as Chief Technology Officer,” said Billy Carroll, SmartBank President and CEO. “His deep expertise in the technology industry and his passion for innovation will be instrumental in helping us deliver the best possible client experience that will continue to drive our business forward.”

Place joins us from LBMC, the largest Accounting and Business Consulting Firm headquartered in Tennessee, where he served as the Chief Information Officer.  He led the technology support, operations, and security teams and provided strategic input on innovation and digital transformation initiatives for all the businesses operating under the LBMC brand. Prior to his role there, Place was the Information Technology Manager for Pinnacle Financial Partners where he managed network infrastructure, help desk, and security supporting 750 team members across 34 offices.

“I am excited to join SmartBank and be part of a great team dedicated to delivering innovative solutions and meeting the evolving needs of our clients,” said Brad Place. “I look forward to leveraging my experience and expertise to drive technology innovation and create value for our clients and stakeholders.”

Place holds a Master of Business Administration from Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, Belmont University in Nashville, TN and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.

Carroll added, “We are confident that with Brad Place at the helm of our technology strategy, SmartBank will continue to be a leader in the financial industry, delivering innovative solutions and exceptional client experiences.”

Please join us in welcoming Brad Place to SmartBank.


About SmartBank 

Founded in 2007, SmartBank is a full-service commercial bank providing banking, investment, insurance, and mortgage financial services, with 41 branches spanning Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida. Recruiting the best people, delivering exceptional client service, strategic branching and a disciplined approach to lending have contributed to SmartBank’s success. For more information on SmartBank, visit www.smartbank.com.