Sentinel Set to Grow with May 1 Charlotte Opening

Sentinel Risk Advisors announced this week it will expand its brand of elite risk management offerings with the opening of an office in Charlotte. The Raleigh-based firm is North Carolina’s premier, independently owned insurance brokerage. It is also one of its fastest growing. The Raleigh-based firm plans to add locations in Fayetteville, Greensboro and Asheville by 2020.

The Charlotte expansion, set for May 1 in the city’s Ballantyne area, further substantiates the firm’s statewide footprint and its growing influence. Founded in 2012 by a small group of key players and top producers in the insurance, risk and financial industries, the firm has developed a reputation for smarter, savvier business insurance services in an industry that has traditionally championed the status quo.

Leading the effort to build Sentinel’s brand and business in Charlotte is Darrin Warnock, a highly successful risk specialist with a sterling 25-year career in the insurance industry. Warnock comes to Sentinel from The Hartford, where he was the carrier’s top performer for 15 years.

Sentinel has secured a familiar face and powerful ally to the Charlotte business community to lead its development efforts. Former Charlotte Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble will serve as Director of Development; a part-time role. Kimble helped drive major economic development initiatives in Charlotte for more than 16 years.

Sentinel founder and managing partner Jim Holmes credits the firm’s rise to the strength of its team—heavy hitters and visionaries alike that represent the Carolinas’ best and brightest. Holmes said Sentinel started out five years ago with the humblest of intentions: To be the best risk management and insurance brokerage firm in the Carolinas.

“As we reach another milestone with the opening of our Charlotte office, I can say with certainty that what defines the Sentinel difference is our people. The depth of expertise on our team is unparalleled; not just in the Carolinas, but throughout the Southeast. With Ron and Darrin at the helm of our Charlotte office—Ron with his extensive business and industry expertise, and Darrin, who knows better than anyone how to protect your business and position it for success—we’re looking forward to making a difference in the lives and livelihoods of people and businesses in Charlotte for generations to come.”

Sentinel’s Charlotte office will be located at 15800 Brixham Hill Drive, Suite 435.

About Sentinel Risk Advisors

Sentinel is a premier risk management and insurance brokerage firm with a reputation for exceptional client experience in 36 states. The Raleigh-based firm offers a broad scope of property, casualty, and risk management services for today’s global marketplace. Clients depend on Sentinel to protect their assets, preserve their wealth, and elevate their personal and professional position. Our core business is risk mitigation and insurance brokerage services, but our greatest endeavor is investing in the success of the clients we represent. For more information, visit

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