Towne Insurance Names New Chief Growth Officer

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Sara Jo Rubin, Rubin Communications Group, 757-456-5212


Norfolk, VA (08/01/22) - Towne Insurance Agency announced the addition of Suzanne J. O’Keefe as executive vice president and Chief Growth Officer.  In this role, she will facilitate the continuous growth of Towne Insurance, the 5th-largest bank-owned agency in the nation.


“We are thrilled to have Suzanne join us as part of the Towne Insurance family,” said W. Douglas Russell, president and CEO of Towne Insurance. “Suzanne brings a wealth of knowledge regarding acquisition, talent, and overall growth opportunities to Towne Insurance. Her passionate, inspiring, and high-energy leadership will be a great contribution to our mission of serving others and enriching lives.”


O’Keefe is a 35-year insurance, banking, and financial services professional. In previous roles, she has led national sales teams, developed growth strategies, and created cultures of accountability and effectiveness. She has a deep understanding of the requirements of bank-owned agencies and works to promote cross-organizational collaboration and partnership growth.


O’Keefe is firmly committed to Towne’s community support and culture of caring. In the community, she currently serves as a mentor at Menttium. She will be based out of Raleigh, NC.




Towne Insurance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TowneBank, is a premier insurance agency providing comprehensive solutions and risk management programs to businesses of all sizes, including property and casualty insurance, workers’ compensation, bonding, employee benefits and more. Additionally, personal lines agents specialize in home, auto, umbrella and flood insurance. Headquartered in Hampton Roads in southeastern Virginia, and serving communities across Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, Towne’s over 400 experienced insurance professionals work with the nation’s top-rated insurance companies to find members the right coverage at a competitive price. For more information, visit


Founded in 1999, TowneBank is a company built on relationships, offering a full range of banking and other financial services, with a focus of serving others and enriching lives. Dedicated to a culture of caring, Towne values all employees and members by embracing their diverse talents, perspectives, and experiences.


Today, the bank operates over 40 banking offices throughout Hampton Roads and Central Virginia, as well as Northeastern and Central North Carolina – serving as a local leader in promoting the social, cultural, and economic growth in each community. Towne offers a competitive array of business and personal banking solutions, delivered with only the highest ethical standards. Experienced local bankers providing a higher level of expertise and personal attention with local decision-making are key to the TowneBank strategy. Towne has grown its capabilities beyond banking to provide expertise through its controlled divisions and subsidiaries that include Towne Wealth Management, Towne Insurance Agency, Towne Benefits, TowneBank Mortgage, TowneBank Commercial Mortgage, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty, Towne 1031 Exchange, LLC, and Towne Vacations. With total assets of $16.86 billion as of June 30, 2022, TowneBank is one of the largest banks headquartered in Virginia.