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KNOXVILLE, TN and DOTHAN, AL – SBK Insurance, a SmartBank company, announced that it continues to grow its presence in South Alabama by hiring Vince Jernigan to lead its newest office in Dothan, Alabama.

Jernigan, a 15-year veteran of the insurance industry who has worked with clients offering personal and commercial insurance solutions, joins SBK Insurance as a Risk Manager.  Jernigan holds licenses in Property, Casualty, Life, Accident, and Health.  Throughout his career he has enjoyed getting to know clients across a broad range of industries and learning about their business insurance needs.  He prides himself on the use of a consultative approach to better understand the client’s business and offering insurance products and services that best suit their individual needs.

“SBK Insurance has enjoyed strong organic growth, as well as growth through acquisition over the last few years. We see in Vince someone who can not only provide our clients with the highest level of service, but also assist us with growing SBK into the bank’s footprint in South Alabama and Florida,” said Mark Slater, SBK Insurance President and CEO.

“I couldn’t be happier with the move to SBK Insurance. What I’ll be able to offer to my clients is truly impressive and being able to partner with SmartBank’s local and experienced banking team will be a great recipe for growth and outstanding client experience,” said Vince Jernigan.

Jeff Williams, SmartBank Regional President, stated, “The addition of SBK Insurance in the South Alabama and Florida markets represents a significant milestone for SmartBank, as it allows us to provide a comprehensive range of services locally, including commercial, private, mortgage, branch banking, investment solutions, and now insurance. Having someone as talented as Vince to lead this expansion exemplifies our bank’s commitment to attracting top professionals in the industry to drive our growth and exceed our clients’ expectations in terms of capabilities and expertise.”


About SBK Insurance:

SBK Insurance is a subsidiary of SmartBank and an independent insurance agency providing clients with a variety of insurance products and services such as personal, commercial, life, health, and transportation insurance with multiple locations throughout the Southeast. For more information on SBK Insurance, visit www.sbki.com.