Original blog by April Swancey, reposted with permission.

Last night, I had the honor of hosting a surprise retirement party for a former boss of mine, Tommy Smith. He has worked for Liberty National Life Insurance Company for 35 years and was hands-down the best boss I ever had. I think he was actually surprised and he definitely had an awesome time. Below is a background story on Tommy as well as a few party photos. Congratulations Tommy!

Tommy Smith began working for Liberty National on October 9, 1978. He was 20 years old. He was a preacher’s kid and raised with 1 brother and 4 sisters. Prior to coming to work at LNL, he worked on a farm and part time at Roadway.

Tommy was recruited to work for Liberty National by his girlfriend’s father at the time. He had nothing more than a high school education when he came to work for Liberty National but in the 35 years he has worked for the company he has done an exceptional job. He went from working as an agent to an Unit Manager where he chose to remain because he truly enjoys training people.

In his time at Liberty National, Tommy has gone on 6 Torch trips (Torchmark Annual Sales Conventions).  He’s maintained a steady income and built a wealth of loyal customers through the years. His customers describe him as “kind,” dependable, and genuine”. His co-workers agree.

When asked about his time at Liberty National, Tommy admits that it hasn’t always been easy. He states that there were times when he wanted to give up and look for something else, but then he would help a customer with a death claim or a cancer claim and he was instantly reminded of why he was doing what he was doing. For him it was all about serving people and doing a good job for the company. He truly believed in every product he sold and if you spent just 5 minutes with Tommy, you made a friend for life. He says he will miss his co-workers and customers when he retires but knows that they will stay in touch.  He plans on starting a lawn care/landscaping business with his son Jacob upon his retirement.

Tommy is married to Anita, his wife of 29 years,  who is a LPN at a local pediatric clinic. Together, they have two children, Jessica and Jacob.  They also have one grandson, Carter, who will be 2 this July.

Tommy enjoys gardening, hunting, camping and fishing and has plans to do more of it upon his retirement. He is a 24-year member of Russell Baptist Church where he is also a member of the choir.

LNL Tommy Smith with Edward Hopper

LNL Tommy Smith with Edward Hopper

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