Directors and Leadership

Kent Cleaver

Kent Cleaver

Kent Cleaver
Executive Vice President

Before Pinnacle’s merger with Avenue Bank in 2016, Kent Cleaver was Avenue’s president and chief operating officer. He also served on the bank’s board of directors and was one of Avenue’s co-founders in 2006.

Cleaver has enjoyed a 37-year career in the Nashville market, including leadership in retail and commercial banking, sales management and operational management at a statewide level. He formerly served as the Middle Tennessee commercial banking executive for both First Union and Regions Bank.

Cleaver is a graduate of Lipscomb University. He is a graduate of the Leadership Middle Tennessee Class of 2010 and is a member of Lipscomb University’s Business Leadership Council, Executive Committee and College of Business’s Board of Visitors. Cleaver is a member of the Tennessee Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). He is former chairman of the board for the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity and remains active in that organization. Cleaver is also a graduate of Leadership Nashville Class of 2013 and serves on the board of the Nashville Downtown Partnership.

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