J. Smith Lanier & Co. and American Risk Advisors Sign Acquisition Agreement

Dalton, Ga – J. Smith Lanier & Co., founded in 1868 and one of the oldest and most respected insurance brokerage firms in the Southeast, announced today that it has acquired the property and casualty specialist American Risk Advisors. The company will be located at 402 West Hawthorne Street in Dalton, Georgia, next door to its current location.

“J. Smith Lanier & Co. has always been my most respected competitor, they truly have a proven recipe when it comes to equipping their agents with unique and specialized tools to help protect the customer”, said Will Robison, President of American Risk Advisors. “We are excited about joining their team as well as the many resources that we will be able to offer our clients.”

“J. Smith Lanier & Co. is honored to partner with American Risk Advisors. We value Will’s many years of experience in Property & Casualty Insurance, along with his understanding of the local Floor Covering Industry. We welcome the expertise and professionalism the American Risk Advisors team brings to J. Smith Lanier & Co.,” said J. Smith Lanier & Co. Chairman and CEO, D. Gaines Lanier.

J. Smith Lanier & Co., headquartered in West Point, Georgia is an employee-owned company that was founded in 1868 and has become one of the largest privately owned insurance brokers in the United States. Since 1868, the company has grown from a three-employee local agency to a major regional firm employing over 680 employees in 23 branch offices. J. Smith Lanier & Co. offers commercial and personal lines insurance, employee benefits, surety, and risk control.