J. Smith Lanier & Co. Announces Stock Merger With Rogers, Parker & Associates, Inc.

December 1, 2015 – J. Smith Lanier & Co., one of the country’s oldest and largest independent insurance brokerage firms, is pleased to announce the stock merger with Rogers, Parker & Associates, Inc., of Florence, Alabama, with J. Smith Lanier & Co. effective December 1, 2015.

“Everyone at J. Smith Lanier & Co. is excited about Rogers, Parker & Associates, Inc. joining our company. Both companies have a long tradition of excellence in customer service and we believe this merger will provide us with additional strength to provide the best coverages, at the best price to meet our clients’ needs," stated D. Gaines Lanier, Chairman and CEO J. Smith Lanier & Co.

Rogers, Parker & Associates, Inc. traces its origin to 1898 when agency owners contracted with United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company (USF&G). Rogers, Parker & Associates, Inc., has represented USF &G (St. Paul/Travelers) longer than any other insurance agency in the state of Alabama.

"Richard Parker and I are excited to be joining J. Smith Lanier & Co., and we believe the combination of our firms will enable us to provide an even greater value to our customers. We look forward to continuing to serve our customers and our community as part of the J. Smith Lanier & Co. team," said Acker Rogers. " Since its founding, Rogers, Parker & Associates continues to provide a full range of insurance products to its personal and commercial customers,” added Rogers.

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 600 employees in eight divisions and 22 branch offices. J. Smith Lanier & Co. offers commercial and personal lines insurance, employee benefits, surety, aviation and risk control.