Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. Hires Mel Whitener as New Marketing Representative for North Carolina

Oak Ridge, TN, June 29, 2012 --( Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. (AUI) has hired a new marketing representative, Mel Whitener, for the North Carolina territory. As a lifelong resident of North Carolina and a current resident of Lincolnton, Mel is familiar with the territory and the independent agent base in the state. Mel has worked as a territory manager for Builders Mutual in North Carolina for 14 years before joining Appalachian Underwriters. Prior to Builders Mutual, Mel worked as an account manager for several retail agencies in the North Carolina area.

“After being personally acquainted with Mel and seeing him at industry events over the years, we are excited to have him as part of our team,” says Garland Byrd, Director of Marketing for Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. “Mel brings many years of insurance experience and expertise in Commercial Specialty products, including construction-related products specifically, which makes him a valuable asset.”

Mel can be reached at 704-473-6812 or at

Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. is a full-service MGA and wholesale insurance brokerage, providing independent agents a national outlet to multiple specialized markets for Workers’ Compensation, Commercial Specialty, and Personal Lines of insurance. To learn more about Appalachian Underwriters, Inc., please visit
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Jillian Crownover