Pinnacle Financial Partners hired 10 significant revenue-producing associates in the Carolinas and Virginia during the first quarter of 2018. Five joined as financial advisors for client advisory teams, focusing on commercial banking clients, two serve as wealth managers for affluent clients, and the others serve a mix of small business, mortgage and retail clients.
“Pinnacle’s reputation as a great place to work continues to attract the very best bankers in the markets we serve, which in turn brings us a steady stream of new clients,” said M. Terry Turner, Pinnacle’s president and CEO. “Our focus is on strengthening the commercial team in the Carolinas and Virginia, but we also continue to build a complete team of financial services professionals who can serve every client need. The addition of wealth managers and mortgage advisors ensures that our clients can come to us for anything they need, and the associated revenues from these other banking services should increase accordingly.”
Helen Ballentine started work in February as a financial advisor in the commercial client advisory group. She has 32 years of financial services experience and comes to Pinnacle from First Tennessee Bank, where she was a senior vice president and private client relationship manager. Prior roles included serving as a market executive for North State Bank and business banker at Bank of America.
Ballentine attended Methodist University and Fayetteville Technical Institute in Fayetteville, NC. She serves on the boards of the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Foundation and the Raleigh Kiwanis Foundation. She is also a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh and served on the boards of groups like Pine Cone, United Arts Council, Boys and Girls Club, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the American Heart Association.
Scott Mackey also joined the commercial client advisory team in February. He brings 22 years of experience and comes to Pinnacle from First South Bank, where he most recently served as senior vice president and business development officer. Prior roles include business development officer at Fidelity Bank and branch manager at CitiFinancial.
Mackey earned his bachelor’s degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and his master’s degree from Elon University in North Carolina. Scott has served on multiple boards and organizations including Rotary Club of Morrisville and the Triangle Youth Hockey Association.
Donna Cameron joined Pinnacle in March as a financial advisor for the firm’s commercial client advisory team. She has 35 years of financial services experience and comes to Pinnacle from South State Bank, where she was a senior vice president and private banker. She previously served as senior vice president at Park Sterling Bank, supporting its expansion and branding efforts in the Wilmington market, and spent 14 years at SunTrust Bank, where she most recently served as city president.
Cameron earned her bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and her retail bank management degree from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. She has served on multiple boards for organizations like the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and the American Cancer Society, and she is a past president of the North Carolina Azalea Festival.
Ashley Drennan started at Pinnacle in January as an office leader serving retail and small business clients from the firm’s new Ballantyne location. She has 12 years of financial services experience and comes to Pinnacle from PNC Bank, where she most recently served as a branch manager. Prior to PNC she spent seven years as a service manager at Wells Fargo Bank.
Drennan attended Barton College in Wilson, NC, and is a member of NC CLT BNI Ballantyne Business Network.
Angie Stowers joined Pinnacle’s Ballantyne office in February as a client services advisor for small business clients. She most recently served as an assistant branch manager at PNC Bank and prior to that served as a retail banker at Woodforest National Bank.
Stowers attended Harrisburg Area Community College and Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.
Scott Allen joined Pinnacle in March as a financial advisor for the commercial client advisory team. He has 24 years of financial services experience and comes most recently from Wells Fargo Bank, where he was a senior business relationship manager serving the Western North Carolina region. Previous roles include senior healthcare business banker at PNC Bank and management positions in commercial real estate and development.
Allen earned his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and his master’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Gill Johnson brings 20 years of investment services experience to his role as financial consultant with Pinnacle Asset Management and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. He most recently worked with SunTrust Investment Services, Inc., where he was a personal financial advisor. Previously he was a financial advisor for Morgan Keegan.
Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree from Charleston College in Charleston, SC, holds Series 63, 65, 31, 6 and 7 securities licenses and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional.
Ryan White helps Pinnacle expand eastward into Lynchburg, VA, as a financial advisor serving the commercial client advisory group. He has 22 years of financial services experience and comes to Pinnacle from BB&T, where he was a market manager serving the South Central Virginia region. Prior to that, he was a branch manager at Wells Fargo and held management positions in business and retail banking there and at First Citizens Bank.
White attended Liberty University and Emory and Henry College. He has served on the boards for the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, American Red Cross and Greater Lynchburg Community Trust.
White will serve clients from a temporary office in Lynchburg until a permanent location is secured.
Henry Caldwell is a financial consultant with Pinnacle Asset Management and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. He brings seven years of investment services experience to Pinnacle. He comes from Wells Fargo Advisors, where he was a financial advisor. Previously he was a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Caldwell earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis, holds Series 31, 63, 65 and 7 securities licenses and is licensed in life, health and annuity insurance.
Donna Elliott joined Pinnacle as a mortgage advisor in March. She brings 21 years of mortgage services experience and comes from SunTrust Mortgage, where her most recent role was as a mortgage loan originator. Previously she served as a paralegal and mortgage loan closer at W. Ben Snead, Jr. PC.
Pinnacle Financial Partners provides a full range of banking, investment, trust, mortgage and insurance products and services designed for businesses and their owners and individuals interested in a comprehensive relationship with their financial institution. The firm earned a place on Fortune’s 2017 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S., and American Banker recognized Pinnacle as the sixth-best bank to work for in 2017.
The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $22.2 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2017. As the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 11 primarily urban markets in Tennessee, the Carolinas and Virginia.
Additional information concerning Pinnacle, which is included in the NASDAQ Financial-100 Index, can be accessed at www.pnfp.com.
Joe Bass, 615-743-8219