KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — AAA — The Auto Club Group welcomed Tony Alberton as Tennessee territory vice president on May 31. He succeeds Tim Wright, Tennessee regional president, who retired July 1 after a 43-year career with AAA.
Wright joined AAA East Tennessee in 1973, following in the footsteps of his father, Luke Wright. During his tenure, Wright’s many notable achievements include the operation of a nationally significant reservation center for the 1982 World’s Fair and the development of a nationally-recognized emergency road service call center. In carrying on his father’s legacy, Tim has continued to lead and build on the AAA School Safety Patrol group trips to Washington, D.C. that his father started over 60 years ago. Under his guidance, the club grew significantly, culminating in its affiliation with The Auto Club Group in 2012, which unified the entire State of Tennessee under a single AAA club for the first time in history.
“I have been very blessed to have worked with my father and so many fine colleagues across the U.S. and Canada and to have worked for an organization whose purpose is to enhance the safety and mobility of its members,” said Wright. “As remarkable as AAA’s past 114 years have been, I believe its future will be even greater. Tony Alberton is a gifted leader who will achieve even greater success for AAA in Tennessee.”
Alberton joins AAA—The Auto Club Group from Farmers Insurance Group where he held a variety of roles, most recently head of sales for the Atlantic Territory, managing the distribution strategy and agent development for the six-state region. Prior to that, he owned multiple insurance and financial service agencies representing Allstate over a period of 19 years. He has also served as field sales leader for Allstate, responsible for developing new agents and aiding in the growth of existing agents.
“AAA is grateful to Tim for his years of dedicated leadership serving our members in Tennessee, and I am honored to be in a position to build on his successes,” said Alberton. “I look forward to representing the great AAA brand and continuing to grow our membership and provide memorable travel experiences, expand our insurance, automotive and financial services offerings, and maintain our bold advocacy to protect and improve the lives of Tennesseans.”
Alberton will be based in Nashville and will support Tennessee’s 10 branch offices located in Brentwood, Chattanooga, Hendersonville, Johnson City, Knoxville, Maryville, Memphis, Murfreesboro and Nashville.