Former Kershaw County Councilman Stephen Smoak is now a member of the Heritage Community Bank Board of Directors.
A Camden High School graduate, Smoak holds a graduate law degree from the University of South Carolina and is a Furman University graduate. His is a member of the Savage, Royall and Sheheen law firm in Camden.
Smoak grew a family in Camden with his wife, Crystal, and their children, Liza, Sarah Anne, Roger and Evie. A former Furman tennis team member, he taught the sport to his children, calling it a bonding element in the Smoak household.
Having already served two terms, Smoak decided not to run for reelection as a councilman. However, he also decided he still wanted to do more for the area so other families have the opportunities his family’s enjoyed. He soon found himself being asked to join the Heritage Community Bank board, being very familiar with the bank and its commitment to the area. He joins fellow Camden board member Terry M. Hancock.
“I chose to return home because I know Camden is such a wonderful community for families,” Smoak said of his service on county council and his new commitment to Heritage’s board of directors. “It is extremely important to me that it remains a place of opportunity, where my own children will have the possibility to return and prosper. This community has been so good to me and my family over the years, so I try at every opportunity to give back in some way.”
Smoak will work with Heritage to begin expanding the bank’s reach in Camden.
“We are very fortunate to have Stephen, a Camden native who is a proven community leader, join our board,” Heritage Community Bank President Curtis Tyner said.”
Smoak’s position on the Heritage Board will allow him to take his understanding of Kershaw County and insure needed funds are available for loans, mortgages, and other types of accounts to the people in the area.
Smoak said another reason he is applying himself to Heritage is the board’s commitment to the Kershaw County region. Founded in 1999, Heritage has other branches in Hartsville and McBee.
Bank officials said Smoak has already helped Heritage Community Bank be involved with many Kershaw County area charities. Smoak became a link to the community through his law firm.
Smoak said he wants to encourage his children and other children all around Kershaw County to be part of the community, not just live in it. He and other board members he assists all agree and are committed to this area.
(This information provided by Hermitage Bank.)