Knoxville, Tenn. – SmartBank announced that Bill Arant has been named Executive Vice President. Arant brings nearly 50 years of banking experience to the organization.
“Having Bill come to work with us is a true honor,” said Billy Carroll, President and CEO. “His experience and expertise will give SmartBank a substantial advantage in the East Tennessee area.”
“I truly admire the integrity, experience and reputation of SmartBank’s management and board, so I’m thrilled to be a part of the team,” said Arant. “SmartBank will continue to excel in the Greater Knoxville area primarily because of the extreme dedication and determination of the bank’s management and board.”
Most recently, Arant served as the Executive Vice President, Corporate Banking Strategy and Development, at SunTrust Bank. He also served as a managing partner of Venture Alliance and was a founder, President and CEO, and later became Chairman of the Board of First National Bank of Knoxville.
Throughout his career, Arant has held leadership roles with the American Bankers Association and served as President of the Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he has served in leadership positions with many community organizations, including Knoxville Symphony Society, Leadership Knoxville, Tennessee’s Resource Valley, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Greater Knoxville United Way Campaign (1986 Chairman), Chairman of the Knoxville Zoo, Chairman of the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates and Chairman of Tennessee Technology Development Authority.
Arant received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University, where he played basketball and baseball. He also attended Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He resides in Knoxville with his wife, Barbara. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Founded in 2007, SmartBank has more than $290 million in assets and currently serves customers in four bank locations: Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Knoxville. For more about SmartBank, visit www.SmartBank.net.
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