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TIS Promotes Oakes and Martin to Vice President

Stuart Oakes and Chad Martin – Leading the Construction and Surety Bond Division

Stuart Oakes, Vice President

KNOXVILLE, TN –  July 7, 2016 – TIS Insurance Services, a Top 100 independent insurance agency, announced the promotions of Stuart Oakes and Chad Martin to vice president within the Construction and Surety Bond Division. “I am pleased to announce the promotions of Stuart Oakes a nd Chad Martin, two outstanding members of our team, to vice president,” said Don Wake, TIS President.

Oakes specializes in insurance and risk management for contractors and has done so since graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2007 with a degree in Finance. He leads a team that works with over 200 contractors throughout the southeast, supporting their insurance, bonding and risk management programs.

Oakes was named the 2011 Young Agent of the Year and awarded the Jim Alexander Service Award by the Insurors of Tennessee in 2015.  Oakes was a 2015 Insurors of Tennessee Board member while also serving as the chair of the Young Agents Committee.  He has been involved with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) since 2007 and has participated at the local, state and national level.    He joined the national Construction Leadership Council in 2014 and currently leads the Charitable Events and Scholarship subcommittee.  In 2016 he was asked to join the AGC of America Education and Research Foundation Board of Directors.  Oakes currently teaches a Construction Law and Risk Management course during the fall semester as part of the Construction Science Program at the University of Tennessee. He maintains his designations as Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS).

Oakes is on the Advisory Board of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Friends of Tennessee Babies with Special Needs.  He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Associates at the University of Tennessee.  Oakes and his wife, Mary Bailey, have one son (James Carmichael) who is 21 months old and are expecting their second son this November.  They are active members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Knoxville, TN.

Chad Martin heads up the TIS Bond Division for TIS. This is a specialized division that provides commercial and contract surety bonds to businesses located in the southeast. The main focus is to provide comprehensive financial advice to construction clients in order to guide them in the development and maintenance of their surety programs.


Chad Martin, Vice President

Chad Martin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Business Administration with a degree in Economics. Recently Martin was awarded the John “Jack” J. Curtin, Jr. President’s Award by the National Association of Surety Bond Producers. The award honors an individual, who is chosen by the NASBP President for their outstanding service contributions during the President’s term to the Association and to the surety industry. In 2014, Martin was also selected as a Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40.

Martin serves on the Knoxville Association of General Contractors Board and is a past chair of their Construction Leadership Council. In addition, he served on the AGC’s Construction Leadership Council National Steering Committee from 2010-2014. Additionally, Martin has worked with the local and state board of directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Tennessee.

Martin was the 5-15 Leadership Circle Chairman for the National Association of Surety Bond Professionals (NASBP); and is currently serving as an ex officio member on the NASBP executive board and is the regional director serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. He currently is an active officer in Nucleus Knoxville and is on the Bijou Theater Board of Directors. Martin is married to Colleen and they have three young children.

About TIS Insurance Services, Inc.

TIS Insurance Services, Inc. (TIS), headquartered in Knoxville, TN, is an independent, privately-owned insurance agency serving the insurance needs of 6,000+individuals and businesses in 47 states since 1945. With over 150 employees, TIS is the largest independently owned insurance agency in Tennessee and is named a Top 100 Agency out of 30,000 Independent Agencies nationwide by Insurance Journal magazine. The agency also holds Best Practices status from the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association and is a Trusted Choice Agency.

TIS assists clients with all types of Risk Management insurance including Commercial Lines, Healthcare Services, Employee Benefits, Construction, Financial Services, and Personal Lines of insurance.  TIS has the expertise and resources required to deliver tailored and effective solutions; private ownership ensures immediate responsiveness to the needs of the clients.

For more information about TIS Insurance Services, Inc., visit or call 800.328.0293.


Lisa Peterson, TIS Director of Communications | PR

One thought on “TIS Promotes Oakes and Martin to Vice President”
  1. Kelly Pesterfield says:

    Congratulations to you both! Great news to hear about 2 great guys!!

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