HIGH POINT, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pinnacle Financial Partners made eight significant hires of revenue producing associates in the Carolinas and Virginia during the fourth quarter of 2017. Five joined as financial advisors for client advisory teams, which focus on commercial and industrial lending. Two serve as commercial insurance advisors, and one is an office leader who works with retail and small business clients.
These additions mark strong progress in Pinnacle’s pursuit to hire 65 financial advisors in its expansion markets in the Carolinas and Virginia over the next five years.
“Our organic growth is predicated on hiring the best bankers in the markets we serve,” said M. Terry Turner, Pinnacle’s president and CEO. “We hire experienced professionals at the top of their game who have established books of business. That has always been our strategy and the way we have successfully taken market share away from the competition in our legacy markets. I am very pleased with the progress on this front in our new communities.”
Larry Davis joined Pinnacle in October as a financial advisor for the commercial client advisory team. He has 34 years of financial services experience and comes to Pinnacle from F.N.B Corporation, where he was senior vice president for its commercial banking group. Prior roles included serving as a senior commercial relationship manager for RBC Bank and city executive at NationsBank.
Davis earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife reside in the Wake Forest community.
Jeff Hendrick started work in December as a financial advisor for the commercial client advisory team. He came to Pinnacle with 16 years of financial services experience, most recently working at F.N.B. as a commercial relationship banker. Prior to that, he served similar roles at Capital Bank and Central Carolina Bank, as well as time spent as a credit analyst.
Hendrick earned his bachelor’s degree from Elon University in North Carolina. He is president of the Elon University Triangle Alumni Board and a member of the Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors.
Neil McDonald became part of Pinnacle’s insurance arm, HPB Insurance Group, in November as a commercial insurance advisor. He began his insurance career in 2007 and comes to Pinnacle from Highsmith Insurance, where he was an insurance broker in Raleigh. Prior to Highsmith, he served as a claims adjuster for Allstate Insurance.
McDonald earned his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University at Raleigh. He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, where he held various leadership positions. McDonald is a licensed North Carolina property and casualty broker.
Sean Martin is also a commercial insurance advisor for HPB Insurance Group and started in December. He specializes in financial and commercial insurance products and began his insurance career in 2006. Martin comes to Pinnacle from Insurance Service Center, where he was a commercial agent in Apex and named a top producer in the company. Prior roles include serving as an agent and account manager at both Allstate Insurance and Sentry Insurance.
Martin earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He is a licensed North Carolina life, health and property and casualty agent.
Rick Hardison started work in October as a financial advisor for the commercial client advisory team. He has 20 years of financial services experience and came to Pinnacle from Citizens Financial Group, where he was a managing director driving the expansion efforts of its corporate banking model in the Southeast. Previously he served as a managing director for Fifth Third Bank and vice president of global markets for Banc of America Securities.
Hardison earned his bachelor’s degree from University of South Carolina at Columbia and his master’s degree from Auburn University in Alabama.
Fernando Ycaza joined Pinnacle in December as a financial advisor for the commercial client advisory team. He comes most recently from South State Bank, where he served 13 years in a variety of roles. Most recently, he served as a private banking manager for South State’s North Carolina region. Prior roles include vice president of business banking and branch manager.
Ycaza earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Queens University of Charlotte and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP©) professional. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Queens University of Charlotte.
Hunter Coords started work in November as a financial advisor for the commercial client advisory team. He has 25 years of financial services experience and comes to Pinnacle from First Tennessee Bank, where he was a relationship and private client services manager. Prior roles included serving as a regional director of private banking for RBC Bank and business banker at Bank of America.
Coords earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Wake Forest University and attended Southeastern Trust School at Campbell University. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional.
Trey Howe joined Pinnacle in October as an office leader serving retail and small business clients at the location on North Peace Haven Road. Most recently, he was a relationship manager for Allegacy Federal Credit Union. Howe also has served as a store manager for Wells Fargo Bank and a branch manager for Wachovia Bank.
Howe earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing at East Carolina University in Greenville. He served on the board of directors for NC Smart Start and the DW Golf Tournament committee.
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 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S., and American Banker recognized Pinnacle as the sixth-best bank to work for in 2017.
The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $22.2 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2017. As the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 11 primarily urban markets in Tennessee, the Carolinas and Virginia.
Additional information concerning Pinnacle, which is included in the NASDAQ Financial-100 Index, can be accessed at www.pnfp.com.