SmartBank, a subsidiary of SmartFinancial Inc., recently announced the promotion of Meloney Howell to assistant vice president of commercial lending for the Destin market.

“Meloney’s dedication and hard work lend to this well-deserved promotion,” said Gail Miceli, senior vice president and Okaloosa Market leader. “Her experience and knowledge of the Destin market will help contribute to SmartBank’s continued success.”

Howell brings more than 20 years of financial experience to the assistant vice president position, including various lending roles that add to her expertise in the field. Howell attended Northwest Florida State College and is a graduate of Walton County Leadership. She is active in her community, including her service as a board member for both the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and Stables Homeowner Association. Additionally, she is a member of the Destin Chamber of Commerce and the Walton County Chamber of Commerce.

Her professional involvement extends to volunteer work with Food for Thought Outreach Inc., serving as the PTO chairperson for Ruckel Middle School and assisting with fundraising opportunities for the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. She is married to long-time spouse, Aaron, and enjoys supporting her daughter, Reagen, at cheerleading, sporting and academic events in her free time.