J. Smith Lanier & Co. Recognizes Bill Parr III with the Edith Lanier Wickham Award

March 27, 2013 – J. Smith Lanier & Co. is honored to announce Bill Parr, III was awarded the Edith Lanier Wickham “Living the Vision” award at the company’s annual conference held on February 8, 2013.

Fondly referred to as “Aunt Edith”, Edith Lanier Wickham proved herself as a wise and providential leader of J. Smith Lanier & Co. from 1927 until her retirement in 1973. Her contributions to J. Smith Lanier & Co. have laid the groundwork for the outstanding organization J. Smith Lanier & Co. is today. In honor of Aunt Edith, J. Smith Lanier & Co. annually recognizes individuals for this prestigious award.

Mr. Parr graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. He began his insurance career with Jefferson Pilot in Washington D.C., Louisville, Kentucky and Atlanta, Georgia. He then joined J. Smith Lanier & Co. in 1988 and now serves as Executive Vice President and leads the benefits division in Columbus and West Point, Georgia. Bill has served on numerous boards throughout his career including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Anthem Life Advisory Council Board, District Chairman for Chattahoochee Council Boy Scouts of America, Chattahoochee Valley Hospice, Lanier Health Services Hospital, East Alabama Youth for Christ and the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.

"Bill's strong dedication of his time and talent goes beyond the call of duty and is a tremendous asset to J. Smith Lanier & Co. and to all of the clients he strives to serve. But, most importantly, he is a man of great character and is a true humanitarian. He gives selflessly to his family, the community, and the company. He is a man of faith whose Christian values are apparent in the way he deals with people," said J. Smith Lanier & Co. Chairman and CEO, D. Gaines Lanier.

“I am honored to receive the ‘Edith Lanier Wickham – Living the Vision’ award. J. Smith Lanier & Co. is an outstanding company with a legacy of rich history. I want to thank all of my fellow employees and clients for their support and guidance throughout the years,” said Mr. Parr.

J. Smith Lanier & Co., headquartered in West Point, GA, is an employee-owned company 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 575 employees in eight divisions and 19 branch offices. J. Smith Lanier & Co. offers commercial and personal lines insurance, employee benefits, aviation insurance, surety, and risk control.