Edward D. Smith, CIC
Edward was born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia. Upon graduating as Valedictorian from Flint River Academy, Edward attended Wake Forest University as a student athlete where he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy. He began his career in the Financial Services Division of Accenture, LLP. Edward joined Hutchinson Traylor in 1997. Over the years he has obtained his resident and surplus lines licenses in Life & Health and Property & Casualty insurance. He has also earned his Series 6, 63 & 65 Securities Licenses and obtained the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Edward is co-owner and Executive Vice-President of Hutchinson Traylor, and developer of the HealthTree Platform, a comprehensive health and employee benefits platform. Advocating for and guiding employers, HealthTree sheds light on the financial incentives embedded within our health system that have been intentionally hidden. HealthTree delivers proven results in helping employers achieve better medical outcomes for employees at a significantly lower cost.
Edward is a member of the Board of Trustees of LaGrange College where he serves on the executive committee and as chairman of the advancement committee. He serves on the board of directors for Charterbank and Charter Financial Corporation (CHFN) and is currently Chairman of the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority. Edward was appointed by the Mayor and City Council to the industrial Development Authority of LaGrange. Past President roles include the LaGrange Rotary Club, the Boys & Girls Club of West Georgia, and the LaGrange College Leadership Council, among others. Edward has served in multiple leadership roles within his church, First United Methodist of LaGrange. He was a member of the Leadership Georgia class of 2005 and, in 2008, was selected by Georgia Trend magazine to their prestigious “Forty Under Forty” list.
Edward is married to Dr. Laura Alexander. They have two children, Bryson (19) and Laegan (17).