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Mark Smith, CWS®

Director of Premier Private Banking Group

Birmingham, AL

Mark Smith, CWS®

Mark Smith serves as the Senior Vice President and Director of the Premier Private Client Group at SouthState, where he leads the overall segment strategy and banking channel for high-net worth clients. Smith joined the bank in 2022 and his leadership has been instrumental in driving the buildout of the Premier Private Client Group, which delivers comprehensive financial strategies to affluent individuals and families through multi-disciplined investment, fiduciary, brokerage, advisory and premier private banking professionals.

Prior to joining SouthState, Smith served as the Director of Private Wealth Management at Hancock Whitney, where he oversaw the delivery of comprehensive financial services to high-net worth clients. He also held key leadership positions in Retail Banking, Business Banking, and Credit Administration at Regions Financial and served as Global Wealth Executive for BBVA USA.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, The Georgia State University Center of Executive Education Management Development Program, and the University of Texas at Austin Executive Leadership Development Program. Additionally, he holds a Certified Wealth Strategist® (CWS®) designation from the Cannon Financial Institute.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Smith is an active member of his community and has served on boards for organizations such as the Birmingham Education Foundation, Leadership Birmingham, the American Heart Association, and the United Way of Central Alabama. He currently resides in Birmingham with his family and is a proud member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club.
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  • Certified Wealth Strategist®
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  • M.B.A. at University of Alabama Birmingham Collat School of Business
  • B.S. from Auburn University Harbert College of Business
  • The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University

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