KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, Nov. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – SmartBank, a subsidiary of SmartFinancial, Inc. (“SmartFinancial” or the “Company”; NASDAQ: SMBK), has announced the hiring of a six people the team will be based in Mobile, Alabama. Thomas Montz, together with Amanda Montz and Nathan Novotny will lead the new team and support the continued growth of SmartBank Investment Services (“SBIS”). The team, formerly at BBVA Compass Investment Solutions, brings a combined total of over 60 years of consulting experience and has been responsible for over $ 350 million in assets under management. The team will be based in the new SmartBank office located at 3074 Dauphin Street in Mobile, Alabama. The office will also house members of SmartBank’s corporate banking team, including Gulf Coast Regional President Nate Sommer and Mobile Market President Steve Rockwell.

“SmartBank Investment Services has experienced strong organic growth in recent years. However, with the addition of this team, we look forward to accelerating the growth of SBIS and further diversifying the company’s revenue streams, ”said Billy Carroll, President and CEO of SmartBank. “We are extremely happy to add these new team members to the SBIS family. Not only is this team expected to significantly increase assets under management, but it also aligns very well culturally with SBIS’s client-centric approach, ”commented Monty Hatcher, Director of SmartBank Investment Services. .

Mobile, with its strategic maritime location and easy access to two major interstate systems, has experienced strong economic expansion in a variety of industries, including aviation, healthcare, logistics and distribution. This favorable business environment has also led to a significant influx of major foreign investment in manufacturing, shipbuilding and aerospace.

“I am very happy that this very successful team has chosen to join the SmartBank family,” commented Nate Sommer. “Being former colleagues for over 12 years, I personally know the strength and dedication of this team to their clients. Coupled with all of SmartBank’s positive momentum in the Southern Alabama area, I am confident this addition will be a huge success.

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, building strategic branches and acquisitions, and a disciplined approach to lending have all contributed to SmartBank’s success. Further information on SmartFinancial is available on its website: www.smartfinancialinc.com.

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William Y. (“Billy”) Carroll, Jr.

Ron Gorczynski

President and CEO

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

SmartFinancial, Inc.

SmartFinancial, Inc.

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Telephone: 865.868.0613

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