Appalachian Financial Group, Inc. was formed from the merger and acquisitions of several agencies dating back to 1981. As an Independent Insurance Agency with offices in Georgia and North Carolina representing over fifty companies, we are able to find the right company with the proper coverage at the best price for our clients. We are a member of Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance a national insurance organization of Independent Agents supporting each other. Unlike many agencies we are not limited to a few select companies that we are obligated to; our only obligation is to serve our clients.

Our principals are involved in the local community holding positions in Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Kiwanis, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star and others. Appalachian Financial Group, Inc. is a member of Independent Insurance Agent Association.


Meet Our Team

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Burl Parks

Burl Parks previously specialized in working with insurance agents and financial planners in multiple states who specialize in the affluent markets. As a Regional Marketing Director, Burl presented advanced sales ideas and assisted with case design for various alternatives for attaining objectives for companies such as ING, USF&G and others. Burl has 34 years of experience in applying advanced consulting techniques with small business owners and affluent individuals. Burl’s primary focus is in working with business owners to provide ongoing commercial insurance and financial planning guidance.

Burl Parks, CLU, ChFC
[email protected]
(706)-960-9257

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Carolyn Parks

Carolyn Parks, in addition to working in the Atlanta Home Office of ING, USA has managed several other insurance agency offices. She has earned her Certified Professional Insurance Agent, Associate Customer Service and working toward her FLMI designation as well as completing LUTC courses offered by The American College. Carolyn holds an Associate of Business Administration Degree. She specializes in working with clients regarding personal lines insurance needs.

Carolyn Parks
(706)-960-9258
[email protected]

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Rick Blanton

Rick is a native of Franklin, NC graduating from Franklin High School & Western Carolina University.  Completing his BSBA in management, he began his career in retail management.  In 1985, Rick joined the insurance industry specializing in property & casualty insurance services.

Desiring to work with youth, Rick coaches Tennis for Franklin High School and is a founding member of the Franklin Youth Tennis Association. In addition, he is on the media team for Prentiss Church of God.

Rick Blanton
(828) 369-7158
[email protected]