Pinnacle Enters Aviation Finance Space with Addition to Equipment Finance Team

Pinnacle Enters Aviation Finance Space with Addition to Equipment Finance Team

January 19, 2024

Veteran aviation finance professional Craig Hannon has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners’ equipment finance team. With over 25 years of immense aviation finance and equipment finance experience, Hannon is well positioned to lead Pinnacle’s growth in this sector.

“We are pleased to welcome Craig to the Pinnacle family as a key addition to our team,” said Kris Foster, area manager of equipment finance at Pinnacle Financial Partners. “His expertise in aviation finance marks a significant milestone for the firm. His unparalleled experience will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of our firm as we venture into the aviation finance space and continue providing our clients with distinctive service and effective advice.

Hannon has worked in the aviation finance space since 1999 and most recently served as the Head of Originations at Truist Bank. In this role, he managed direct originations in the Southwest and Southeast while also managing a team of originators working on a national basis. Hannon is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and he received his Master of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University.

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 is the No. 1 bank in the Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA, according to 2022 deposit data from the FDIC, and is listed by Forbes as No. 27 among America’s Best Banks, higher than any other bank headquartered in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina or Georgia. Pinnacle also earned a spot on the 2023 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S., its seventh consecutive appearance, and was recognized by American Banker as one of America’s Best Banks to Work For 10 years in a row and No. 1 among banks with more than $10 billion in assets in 2023.

Pinnacle owns a 49% interest in BHG Financial, which provides innovative, hassle-free financial solutions to health care practitioners and other professionals. Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have listed BHG as a best workplace in multiple categories since 2016.

The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, Tenn., in 2000 and has since grown to approximately $47.5 billion in assets as of Sept. 30, 2023. As the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 17 primarily urban markets across the Southeast.

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