Lanier grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and after graduating from high school, he attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for a year before joining the Navy for two years. He then headed back to college.
After spending ten years in outside sales, Lanier entered the insurance business selling commercial property insurance. After two years, he had the opportunity to move to Texas to open and manage an agency office there. A few years later, he added financial services to his business. Lanier has always enjoyed meeting people, and helping them to achieve their goals.
He and his wife, Sharon, both lost their prior spouses to cancer. They have now been married for 18 years, and together they have five children, twelve grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Sharon works with Lanier in the financial industry. They are very active in their church, and are both members of the Kiwanis Club of Arlington Southwest. When they're not working, Sharon and Lanier enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, and taking camping trips on long weekends