Pinnacle Grows Knoxville Team With the Addition of Two Financial Services Experts

Pinnacle Grows Knoxville Team With the Addition of Two Financial Services Experts

September 06, 2022

Veteran banking leader Andy Beam has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a senior lending officer in Knoxville, bringing 26 years of industry knowledge and experience. He will manage the client advisory group, which focuses on serving the needs of the bank’s commercial and corporate clients. Also joining the firm is Lisa Ailor, a financial advisor assistant with 29 years of experience. Both are based at Pinnacle’s Northshore Drive office.

“Andy is one of the best and most knowledgeable professionals in the market,” said Mike DiStefano, Pinnacle’s Knoxville president. “He brings a vast amount of experience and will help us continue to build our firm and our team. It takes top talent to help support the work that goes into serving our clients, and both Andy and Lisa are a perfect fit.”

Beam comes most recently from Truist, where he was the Tennessee middle market banking manager. Prior to that, he was with First Tennessee as a senior corporate and commercial banker. He also worked in various roles at BB&T and National Bank of Commerce (now SunTrust). Beam earned his bachelor’s in business administration from Furman University and his MBA with a concentration in finance from Georgia State University.

Ailor was most recently a senior commercial loan officer assistant at United Community Bank. Prior roles include several professional service positions at SunTrust.

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 2021 deposit data from the

FDIC, is listed by Forbes among the top 25 banks in the nation and earned a spot on the 2022 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S., its sixth consecutive appearance. American Banker recognized Pinnacle as one of America’s Best Banks to Work For nine years in a row and No. 1 among banks with more than $11 billion in assets in 2021.

Pinnacle expanded to East Tennessee in 2007 by hiring a team of local financial services professionals to start an office in Knoxville. Pinnacle now operates five offices in Knox County, one in Oak Ridge and one in Maryville. The firm is the fourth-largest bank in the Knoxville MSA in terms of deposits.

The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN, in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $39.4 billion in assets as of March 31, 2022. As the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 15 primarily urban markets across the Southeast.

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