SmartBank Expands Presence in Nashville, Tennessee


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, Nov. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – SmartBank, a subsidiary of SmartFinancial, Inc. (“SmartFinancial” or the “Company”; NASDAQ: SMBK), has announced the hiring of three experienced banking professionals, responsible sales representatives relationships, Rachel Meurrier and Tony Graves and regional director of mortgage production, Kent Stone. The three people are based in the Nashville, TN area and will focus on building a greater market presence for SmartBank. Following recent expansions in Alabama, the Gulf Coast and the Florida Panhandle, the company is pleased to continue to expand into the Nashville market area and broader central Tennessee with these seasoned individuals.

Rachael Meurrier, formerly at Triumph Bank, will join SmartBank as Senior Vice President and Williamson County Market Executive. Meurrier brings over 15 years of private banking and commercial lending experience and will be joined by Senior Vice President Tony Graves. Graves, formerly of Reliant Bank and First Advantage Bank, has over 30 years of commercial banking experience. On the consumer banking side, Kent Stone, previously at Triumph Bank, joins as regional director of mortgage production and brings over 15 years of experience in mortgage banking.

The Nashville area is home to approximately two million people and more than 53,000 businesses, including the headquarters of some of the nation’s largest corporations. The region offers a diverse economy with a low cost of living and doing business. The conducive business environment, top institutions of higher education, and a thriving music and arts scene make Nashville a highly sought-after relocation destination for people across the United States.

“The Nashville market area offers tremendous growth opportunities, and we are very excited to expand our market power with these three experienced banking professionals,” said Billy Carroll, President and CEO of SmartFinancial. “We have long viewed the Nashville market as a natural expansion area for us and these additions are great steps in achieving that goal and creating greater density in this market. “

SmartBank Middle Tennessee Regional President David Scott commented, “Although we have been active in the Nashville MSA through the support of our team in Murfreesboro, TN, these professionals provide the necessary field assistance to further increase our market penetration. . As we continue to expand in Nashville, this team provides an excellent base. “

About SmartFinancial, Inc.

SmartFinancial, Inc., based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is the banking holding company of SmartBank. Founded in 2007, SmartBank is a full-service commercial bank, with branches across Tennessee, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Recruiting the best people, delivering exceptional customer service, strategic branching and acquisitions, and a disciplined approach to lending have all contributed to SmartBank’s success. You can find more information about SmartFinancial on its website: www.smartfinancialinc.com.

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Investor contacts

William Y. (“Billy”) Carroll, Jr.

Ron Gorczynski

President and CEO

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

SmartFinancial, Inc.

SmartFinancial, Inc.

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 865.868.0613

Telephone: 865.437.5724

Media contact

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SmartFinancial, Inc.

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