TCIA Welcomes Carter Lawrence as the Newly Appointed Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance

The Tennessee Captive Insurance Association (TCIA) welcomes Carter Lawrence as the newly appointed Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) announced today by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.

“The captive industry is very pleased with the appointment of Carter Lawrence as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance by Governor Lee. TCIA has worked with him extensively in the past on captive insurance matters. I believe he will do an excellent job and is well qualified to lead the TDCI at this time. We look forward to working with Commissioner Lawrence,” said TCIA president Kevin Doherty.

Lawrence brings valuable expertise to the role having served as Chief Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Commerce & Insurance. He has also served on Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting Governor Lee’s efforts to reboot the state’s economy.

Belinda Fortman, TDCI Captive Director said “we in the captive division are thrilled to have Carter Lawrence promoted as the new TDCI Commissioner. Carter has been very supportive of captive insurance development in Tennessee. We look forward to his ongoing support for the captive industry and his continued leadership for our domicile.”

Michael Corbett, Tennessee’s former chief captive regulator currently a captive banker with Pinnacle Financial Partners as well as a TCIA Board Member added, “The TCIA board of directors wishes to congratulate Carter Lawrence as the new TDCI Commissioner. Commissioner Lawrence has been a long-time supporter of captive insurance and his appointment will insure that Tennessee’s growth as a first tier domicile for the formation of captive insurance companies will continue to expand. As Tennessee nears the formation of its 700th Risk Bearing Entity (RBEs), strong support and leadership will be required for the next 700. The TCIA is confident that Commissioner Lawrence brings all of these attributes to the table.”

A lifelong Tennessean and Nashville native, Lawrence earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior, he graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois. He currently resides in Nashville with his wife and three children and is a member of Nashville’s Church of the Redeemer.

“Carter is a proven public servant who has stewarded key priorities for the administration throughout his tenure and I’m confident he’ll continue to support Tennessee businesses and consumers with integrity,” said Governor Lee. “We appreciate his dedication to the Department of Commerce & Insurance and look forward to his continued service.”

Congratulations Carter!

The Tennessee Captive Insurance Association (TCIA) is a community of captive industry experts, owners and service providers engaged in advocacy, communication and education, committed to a strong captive insurance industry in Tennessee since 2011. Tennessee continues to grow in 2020 as a top tier domicile for captives with close to 700 risk-bearing entities (RBEs), compared to 652 at the end of 2019. Visit www.tncaptives.org for TCIA information and news. Follow #TCIA on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

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