Val Privett

dog lover, boater, golfer, backyard griller, traveler


Val founded Beacon Insurance Advisers after launching and running Privett Insurance Group for 20 years.


Val came to the insurance industry following a successful stint coaching women’s basketball on the collegiate level. With a Master's in Education and her background in teaching and coaching, Val makes sure her clients understand the coverages available and how that coverage protects them, their families, and their assets.


Staying current is vital in any business especially in the insurance industry. Val holds multiple designations assuring her clients get the most up-to-date information and protection. She is a Certified Insurance Counselor, a Certified Personal Risk Manager, and a Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow.


Val believes in being an active leader in her community. She is a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors, Knoxville Mortgage Bankers Association, the Knoxville Affiliate Council for Realtors, and Farragut Rotary.

Sheila Griffis

wife, mother, grandmother, blessed


Sheila has been a part of Val Privett's team since 2010. She serves as Beacon Insurance Advisers Administrative Assistant and Compliance Officer. She is responsible for all of our agent and agency licensing and credentials in 20+ states.


Prior to joining Val's team, Sheila devoted her time to nurturing her family and homeschooling her children. She and her husband, Gary, have 6 children and 2 grandchildren. She is heavily involved with her church where she serves in the music ministry as well as the ladies' ministry. Sheila's hobbies are cheering her children on in whatever they are participating in. No matter the team-football, volleyball, band, FFA, Hi-Q, FBLA, or chorus, Sheila is the proudest and loudest Mom in the stands!

Janet Tidwell

mother, granJan, water/snow sports enthusiast, learner, traveler


Janet is our newest team member and newest insurance consultant at Beacon Insurance Advisers. Her passion is working to obtain the best value for your insurance dollar, and she looks forward to establishing a partnership with YOU!


Her background includes work in Administration, Marketing, Consumer and Real Estate Lending, Collections, Project Management, Product Research/Development, and Human Resources. Janet has presented numerous seminars on Fraud, Identity Theft and Understanding your Credit for various organizations around the state.


Janet is a graduate of Cleveland State Community College with a degree in Business Administration. She is an active member of Bearden United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She serves on the Board of Wesley House Community Center and volunteers at the Love Kitchen and Volunteer Ministries.

Renee Smith

foodie, tech geek, theater goer, learner, part-time professor


Renee is our Director of Marketing Technology. She comes to Beacon Insurance Advisers with 35+ years of experience as a television and digital media producer. She has a strong background in social media and communication strategy. All of that is a fancy way of saying that she believes we are all connected and by sharing information we move forward together.


Renee makes sure our clients have the most up-to-date information about our services and events. While the rest of the team thinks she’s working on a mysterious plan to take over the internet, she’s mostly just in charge of finding cool internet memes, and on occasion making funny cat videos. Her secret talent is rapping the entire soundtrack to Hamilton.


Renee holds a Master’s degree in Organizational and Intercultural Communication and a PhD in Communication and Information. She maintains strong ties to her alma mater the University of Tennessee, where she serves as an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Journalism/Electronic Media.

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