Pinnacle Expands in Alabama with New Office in Athens

Pinnacle Expands in Alabama with New Office in Athens

May 06, 2024

Pinnacle Financial Partners, a bank based in Nashville, TN, opened a new and temporary full-service office in Athens today, at 112 N. Jefferson Street. A brand new permanent space is set to open in 2025 at 1394 Freeman Avenue. This is Pinnacle’s second location in North Alabama and fourth in the state since moving into the market in 2021.

“Pinnacle is investing in Alabama and this office will ensure more people have access to our unique brand of banking,” said Jason Baldwin, Pinnacle’s regional president in Alabama. “North Alabama is growing at an incredible pace. Communities like Athens are a natural fit for what Pinnacle has to offer, and we’re honored to get to take part in its success.”

The team based at the new office includes:

  • Mary Craig, office leader
  • Christy Jones, client service advisor
  • Beth Feigley, client service advisor
  • Bellany Harris, financial specialist
  • Marilyn Smith, financial specialist

Additionally, Huntsville based financial advisors Daniel Coblentz and Chris Kern will serve Athens clients out of the new office.

Craig joined Pinnacle at the end of 2023. She comes from Regions Bank where she started as a teller and worked her way up from customer service representative, and assistant branch manager to  branch manager. She brings 30 years of financial services experience to the firm.

Jones also comes from Regions and brings 31 years of banking. She most recently served as branch team leader, and prior roles include commercial loan assistant and customer service representative, among others.

Feigley, also from Regions, served for 25 years in various roles like business loan assistant, teller and senior financial specialist.

Harris also comes to Pinnacle from Regions where she most recently served as head teller. She has 18 years of financial services experience.

Smith brings close to 30 years of financial services experience to Pinnacle. She joins the firm after 20 years with Regions, where she served as a financial relationship associate.

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 and fastest growing bank in the Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA, according to 2023 deposit data from the FDIC. Pinnacle is No. 11 on the 2024 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S., its eighth consecutive appearance and was recognized by American Banker as one of America’s Best Banks to Work For 11 years in a row and No. 1 among banks with more than $10 billion in assets in 2023.

Pinnacle entered Alabama in the summer of 2021 by hiring a team of local financial services professionals to open offices in Huntsville and Birmingham.

The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN, in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $48.9 billion in assets as of March 31, 2024. As the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 17 primarily urban markets across the Southeast.

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