Over 1,100 new agencies joined the fastest growing agency network in 2021, accompanied by 28% gross revenue growth for the year. For the new year, the company has added two additional sales executives and made some internal organizational changes.
“We continue to grow at an aggressive pace year after year,” said Smart Choice President Andrew Caldwell. “As the insurance industry continues to evolve rapidly, it’s important that we do the same as a company. We’ve made some key hires and organizational decisions for 2022 that will help us continue to accommodate the needs of our agency and carrier partners in the coming year.”
Smart Choice has promoted Executive Vice President of Strategic Alliances Joe Fisher to Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Fisher will work to establish and refine managerial and administrative procedures, reporting structures and operational controls within the company.
“Any time a company experiences the type of continuous growth Smart Choice has, there is a need to refine legacy operations, adopt business continuity strategies and plan for the next five, fifteen and fifty years,” said Joe Fisher. “The best way to lead is to get out in front of barriers and obstacles to more growth.”
New key staff joining Smart Choice in the new year include:
Jeff Huff, CPCU, a 35-year veteran of the insurance and financial services industry, joins Smart Choice as National Sales Director for the company’s Smart Choice Partners (SCP) division. Formerly employed with major industry carriers such as Travelers, Aetna, Alfa Insurance, and BB&T, Huff brings decades of knowledge to his new position at Smart Choice. Huff will manage all facets of sales performance from Smart Choice Partners’ hubs and offices, and work to develop policies and initiatives within SCP to ensure company adherence to all new growth objectives.
David Philpott, with over 35-years’ experience in all aspects of Human Resources, joins Smart Choice as Vice President of Human Resources, where he will direct and manage human resources for the company’s employees. After several decades serving Harris Teeter in various HR senior management positions, Philpott joined the JER HR Group where he was involved in all areas of HR consulting.