TIS Insurance Services

Our Leadership

William M. Thomas | Chairman of the Board

William M. Thomas, known to his clients as “Bill,” began his career with TIS in 1965 just after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Banking and Insurance. Bill’s unrivalled work ethic, leadership, and business strategy helped grow TIS from just 3 employees to 150 employees strong today. With a passion for both insurance and people, Bill served as a multi-line insurance agent working with both businesses and individuals to provide all lines of insurance and risk management services.

Donald B. Wake, CPCU | Corporate President

Don joined TIS in February 2012 as Corporate Director of Marketing and Vice President of the Commercial Insurance Division after developing vast expertise in insurance program reviews and risk management consultation. His insurance career began in 1983 as a Commercial Lines Underwriter before he joined Marsh USA in 1987. While there, he gained invaluable experience promoting through the roles of Managing Director, Client Executive, Office Head and Vice President of Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC’s Knoxville operation. Don holds a B.S. degree in insurance from the University of Tennessee. He is actively involved in his work and his community. He is currently serving on the boards of several organizations including President of the TIS Board of Directors and a member of Executive Committee for the Knoxville-Metropolitan Drug Commission. He is also Past President of the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of CPCU, Past President of the Insurors of Knoxville, Past President of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tennessee Valley, Inc., and Past Board Member of the West Knoxville Sertoma.

Edward B. Sims | Chief Executive Officer

Before assuming the role of CEO in 2012, Ed Sims was president of TIS’s HealthCare Services – a division he started in 1994 and helped grow to 12 million in revenue within twenty years. Ed purchased the Robert M. Sims Insurance Agency from his father in 1987, and then merged it with TIS in 1994 when he became a shareholder. Since the merger, revenues at TIS have grown from 5 million to over 33 million in 2015, and the company is now considered one of the top 100 independent insurance brokers in the country. Ed attended Safeco’s Commercial and Personal Lines training program in Seattle, Washington, and attained his CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) professional designation 25 years ago. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in General Business.

Kimberly M. Wilson | Chief Financial Officer

Kimberly M. Wilson is the TIS Chief Financial Officer. Kim joined TIS in 1987 as Controller and was promoted to C.F.O. in 1996. Before TIS, Kim worked as an accountant with a local firm in Knoxville. Additionally Kim is credentialed with the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. She is also a 1984 graduate of the University of Tennessee and obtained her Certified Public Accountant certification in 1990.

W. Morgan Thomas, Jr.| President, Commercial Insurance

William M. Thomas, Jr., known as “Morgan” to his clients is the President of the TIS Custom Commercial Division. The third generation of his family, Morgan joined TIS in 1990 following his graduation from the University of Tennessee. His experience includes designing customized personal insurance plans for high net worth individuals, implementing cost-effective group benefit plans for employers of all sizes, and delivering Risk Management solutions for a variety of industries. Morgan has also served on the Board of the Episcopal School and works closely with many other non-profits to ensure their insurance programs include the key coverage necessary.

Taylor Preston | President, HealthCare Services

Taylor began his work in the insurance industry after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk Management. Taylor joined TIS in early 1994 to head up the Atlanta, Georgia LTC office after gaining experience with the Travelers Insurance Company from 1992 to 1993. After great success in developing the Georgia marketplace, Taylor became a member of TIS ownership in 2004. Taylor is responsible for sales production in healthcare accounts exclusively. Taylor began the role of Vice President of HealthCare Services in 2009 and has been hugely instrumental in the growth, guidance and maturity of the HealthCare Services Division with now close to 20 years of dedicated experience in the healthcare arena. In early 2013, Taylor was promoted to President of HealthCare Services. The Division’s premiums are now in excess of $100,000,000 annually.

Benjamin Kelly | President, Employee Benefits

Benjamin (Ben) Kelly joined TIS in 1990 immediately after graduating with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He began as a broker within the Employee Benefits Division before being promoted to President of the division. Ben has been recognized by several insurance carriers for high performance and is endorsed by the local business coalition for his commitment to creating value for his clients.

Raymond L. Oakes, III | President, Construction Division

Our Construction Division President is Raymond L. (“Bunny”) Oakes, III. Following his graduation from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Business in 1976, Bunny went to work for First American National Bank as a loan officer. He left First American in 1980 to begin his insurance career with Corroon & Black, and in 1983, Bunny was hired by Sedgwick James to begin working exclusively within the construction industry. Bunny joined TIS in 1991 and established our Construction Division at that time. He is very active in various construction trade associations, has served as the President of the Insurors of Tennessee, and has held leadership positions with many community organizations including the Boys & Girls Club and the Civitan Club.

John Sims | Vice President, HealthCare Services Division

John Sims joined the TIS HealthCare Services Division in 2007 as a sales producer and has focused on acquiring new healthcare business throughout the country. Sims has a vast amount of experience with workers’ compensation self-insured business. He is currently working toward his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Sims also holds a Business Administration degree in Finance from The University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Rob McMillin  | Vice President, HealthCare Services Division

Rob McMillin joined the TIS team in 2001 as a broker and further trained at The National Alliance/Chubb Insurance Group Broker Training School in Somerset, NJ. Within the HealthCare Services Division, McMillin has been both sales producer and new account developer. He holds a Business Administration degree in Finance from The University of Tennessee.