SmartBank is pleased to announce the addition of Robert McDaniel as Area President for a portion of the gulf coast markets. Robert will be based out of SmartBank’s Destin office. With over three decades of experience in the banking sector, Robert brings a wealth of expertise to SmartBank’s established and high-performing banking teams.

Robert, a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in Finance and an MBA from Emory University, has held various leadership positions during his tenure in the industry. Most notably, he spent 30 years at BBVA Compass, serving as Market President in Auburn, AL, McAllen, TX, and Gainesville, FL.

Bringing a strong foundation in commercial banking, finance, treasury management, underwriting, private banking management, and commercial business development, Robert is well-equipped to lead SmartBank’s experienced commercial banking teams. His extensive experience includes working with a diverse range of clients, including major corporations, non-profit organizations, and government entities across the Southeast.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Robert is deeply committed to community service. His affiliations as a board member of the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, board president of the Education Foundation of Alachua County, board member of International Museum of Art & Science, and previous chairman of Auburn Chamber of Commerce are just a few examples of his passion for the community.

“Robert is a key and vital addition to the bank’s senior leadership as Robert has the experience to build strong & motivated teams to be able to go above our clients’ expectations and rapidly grow in the bank’s key markets from Ft. Walton to Panama City,” said Jeff Williams, SmartBank Regional President.

About SmartBank

Founded in 2007, SmartBank is a full-service commercial bank providing banking, investment, insurance, and mortgage financial services, with 42 branches spanning Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida. Recruiting the best people, delivering exceptional client service, strategic branching and a disciplined approach to lending have contributed to SmartBank’s success. For more information on SmartBank, visit