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State Farm® Insurance Agent

Craig Plank

7401 Parklane Rd
Columbia, SC 29223-7617

Near Columbia Place Mall. Across from Blaney's Wings & Grill. Next to Life Storage.

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Office Hours

9am - 5pm
After Hours by Appointment
Call or text us 24 hours a day!


7401 Parklane Rd
Columbia, SC 29223-7617


English, Spanish

Step into my office and you'll be met by the smell of fresh baked cookies. It's just one of the special touches I want for my customers. Now in my 32nd year with State Farm, and hundreds of pounds of cookie dough later, my passion to protect you - using my heart of a teacher - continues.

I am married to my wonderful bride, Dawndy Mercer Plank. Yes, the former WIS TV news anchor. We enjoy spending time with our three children, Chandler, Chase, and Camille. Many of our favorite memories as a family are made actively participating in water sports, hiking the trails in the Upstate and engaging in our church.

I have lived in SC since 1980. I graduated from Socastee High School and the College of Charleston. Growing up with a father who was a career fighter pilot in the Air Force and a mother, a career high school teacher, you'll quickly understand why I love our military and support our teachers and administrators.

It's a pleasure to serve the Midlands of SC including Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, and Fairfield counties. My experienced team and I are here to help those in the greater Columbia area make wise insurance decisions. On a daily basis, we meet your personal and business insurance needs in a professional manner. If you are relocating to the Midlands of SC, please give us a call.

We look forward to helping you with your auto insurance, home insurance, renters insurance, life insurance, health insurance, business insurance, commercial insurance, workers compensation insurance, and excess liability umbrella insurance.

Our community is very important to me. That is why I have been actively serving in Richland County my whole career.

  • Leadership South Carolina 2021 Graduate

  • Richland County Voter Registration and Elect. Commission, Vice Chairman, 2019-2020

  • Richland Two School Board, 2014-2018

  • Richland Two School Board, Chairman, 2017-2018

  • Crossover Communications Foundation, Chairman 2014-2019

  • Columbia Chamber of Commerce, active member

  • Better Business Bureau, active member - A+ Rating

  • Polo Road Elementary, PTO Board Treasurer, 2007-2009

  • Polo Road Elementary, School Improvement Council, Chairman, 2006-2010

  • College of Charleston, BS

  • Active In Continuing Education - ChFC(R)

  • Agency development coach (ADP I & II)

  • Ambassador Travel Qualifier

  • Agent Contract Date, January 1, 1999

  • Prior State Farm Claim Representative, April 1993 - December 1998

Insurance Products Offered

Auto, Homeowners, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, Business, Life, Health, Pet

Other Products

Banking, Mutual Funds, Annuities

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My mission as your agent is to help you manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected losses you encounter along the way, and work to help you build and maintain a financial plan so you can realize your dreams. Thank you for your business.

I am very proud of my team! Katy, Brandon, Andrew, and Harrison are here to serve you. Each one is competent, knowledgeable, and professional. With their combined 20 years of experience in our financial services and insurance products, they truly are your reliable Good Neighbor. Call, email or just come by today! By the way...we have fresh baked cookies.

Katy Sohm State Farm Agent Team Member

Katy Sohm

Office Manager

Hey Y’all! I have just begun my 14th year here at the Craig Plank agency. I enjoy my role as the Office Manager and my specialties are, auto, home/renters, and life insurance, customer care, and providing clarity and answers to your billing questions.

When I'm not at work, I enjoy volunteering at my church, working out at the gym, and watching British TV.

Brandon Arrants State Farm Agent Team Member

Brandon Arrants

Account Representative

I am in my forth year as part of the Plank team. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you with your insurance needs. My specialties include, auto, home, renters, business, life, and health insurance.

Andrew Kearse State Farm Agent Team Member

Andrew Kearse

Account Representative

Hello! I am currently in my first year working for Craig and have been enjoying the opportunity to help the Columbia community with insurance needs. Being born at Baptist Hospital, raised in the south, and educated at Emory in Atlanta, congeniality in my work is important to me, which is why I chose to work for a company of good neighbors. Outside of the office, you can find me ball and disc golfing, working out at MUV, and creating fellowship with men in my church community.

Harrison Phillips

Account Manager

I have been working for Craig for the last two summers while I get my degree in finance from Clemson University. I love getting to know our State Farm policy holders and being a part of the Craig Plank team. I am well acquainted with home, auto, and renters' insurance.