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Alex Grymes

After earning his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi, Alex gained experience working for both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Scott, he led sales efforts in the Mid-Atlantic for a property and casualty insurance carrier. Alex is an Accredited Adviser in Insurance and is currently pursuing his Certified Insurance Counselor designation. 

Ian Lawrence

Prior to starting with Scott, Ian served six years as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corp with multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.  After his military career, Ian worked in the recruitment and staffing industry in Raleigh, NC,  before joining a Fortune 100 Commercial Insurance company where he held multiple roles in operations, client management, and sales and distribution serving clients in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Ian received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also an Honor Graduate of the Marine Corps’ Leadership Development course.

Kassi O’Brien

Prior to joining Scott, Kassi worked as a Benefits Consultant for an independent benefits firm, partnering with clients to build competitive employee benefit plans. Kassi began her career as an industrial engineer for Milliken & Company, where she improved manufacturing practices and guided a team of employees to efficiently deliver quality product and gain market share. She then transitioned into a cost account role measuring their financial performance.

Kassi graduated from Converse College with a Bachelor of Science in economics and from Clemson University with a Master of Business Administration. She is also a graduate of Dale Carnegie and holds her Six Sigma and Supply Chain Management certificates.

Matt Valentine

Matt joined Scott in 2018. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, he is proud to make Nashville his new home. Prior to coming to Scott, he served as a Sales Manager with Markel Insurance for four years and received several accolades during his tenure including a leadership award for his positive influence among his peers. 

Matt is actively involved in the local professional community, serving on the Board of Directors for Insurors of Nashville. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Virginia Tech. 

Matt Taylor

Matt advises middle market companies on comprehensive employee benefits strategy with a specialized focus on group health captives, healthcare funding, plan design, utilization analysis, pharmacy, disease and health risk management.

Prior to joining Scott, Matt worked as a Client Services Specialist in Employee Benefits for Willis Towers Watson and Human Resources Manager with Empire Construction in Knoxville. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

In addition to his professional activities, Matt is actively involved in the local community serving as a Committee Member for Introduction Knoxville and a coach with Knox Youth Sports.