Pinnacle Financial Partners has hired four financial services professionals for its Chattanooga client services team. Michael Cooper and Robert Emmons have joined the firm assenior vice presidents and financial advisors. Suzanne Dent has joined the Shallowford Road office as a vice president and client services advisor, and Katelyn Ragsdaleis a financial specialist at Pinnacle’s Broad Street office.
“Mike, Robert, Suzanne and Katelyn are key to our future growth in the Chattanooga area as we continue to build in-depth relationships with our clients,” said Ryan Murphy, area manager for Pinnacle’s client services group.
“Their financial expertise and track record of providing superior client service is a winning combination for clients and the community.”
Mr. Cooper brings 28 years of financial services experience and most recently comes from SunTrust Bank, where he spent 12 years as a commercial relationship manager.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Davidson College. Mr. Cooper serves on the board of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, where he chairs the finance committee and serves on the executive committee. He is a past board member of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre and a former member of the Trust for Public Land’s Chattanooga Leadership Council, working with private landowners and public entities to assemble land for the creation of public parks such as the Tennessee Riverwalk. Cooper is based at the Broad Street office.
Mr. Emmons has 38 years of experience and comes to the firm from Synovus Bank (Cohutta Banking Company), where he was retail market manager. Previously, he was at Regions Bank (AmSouth Bank), where he was a branch manager.
Mr. Emmons is a graduate of Georgia Southern College, where he studied criminal justice. He is based at the firm’s Shallowford Road office.
Ms. Dent, with 23 years of financial services experience, comes to Pinnacle from Synovus Bank (Cohutta Banking Company), where she was a lead relationship banker. Prior to Synovus, she was an assistant branch manager for AmSouth Bank. Dent attended Chattanooga State Technical Community College.
Ms. Ragsdale comes to Pinnacle from SunTrust Bank, where she spent five years as a teller. She attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
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 and 2018 lists of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S., and American Bankerrecognized Pinnacle as the sixth-best bank to work for in 2017.
Pinnacle began serving Chattanooga in 2015 when it acquired CapitalMark Bank & Trust, a community institution with an excellent record of service and growth. Pinnacle continues that tradition: the firm is the fourth-largest bank in Chattanooga in terms of deposits and is also one of the fastest growing.
The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $24.0 billion in assets as of June 30, 2018. As the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 11 primarily urban markets in Tennessee, the Carolinas and Virginia.