Murfreesboro BUSINESS: Pinnacle Financial Partners Continues to Strengthen Risk Management Team

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Left to Right: LeJeana Connell, Sue Ellen Feathers, Meghan Waggoner, Amanda Hemphill, Wes Martin, Darcy Jones and Gretchen Gunter

LeJeana Connell, Sue Ellen Feathers, Gretchen Gunter, Meghan Waggoner, Amanda Hemphill, Wes Martin and Darcy Jones have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners in risk management roles. They are based at the firm's College Street office in Murfreesboro.

"This group adds another 116 years of combined experience to an already experienced team," said Kim Jenny, Pinnacle's chief risk officer. "Pinnacle is known for hiring experienced and talented partners in every market we serve, and that includes those who support our client-facing associates. By growing our risk management team with proven financial professionals, we are strengthening our infrastructure and ensuring continued delivery of the distinctive service and effective advice for which we are known."

Key partners joining our firm include:

LeJeana Connell brings 33 years of experience and comes to Pinnacle from Regions Bank, where she was a consumer loan underwriter. Previous roles were with Mortgage Resources, Inc., where she was a senior loan specialist and AmSouth Bank (First American National Bank), where she was a consumer loan underwriter and loan support analyst.

Sue Ellen Feathers, with 13 years of experience, comes to the firm from Regions Bank, where roles included serving as a mortgage loan coordinator, teller and administrative assistant. Previously she was with Metropolitan National Bank in Springfield, MO, where she was an assistant manager.

Gretchen Gunter brings 25 years of experience to Pinnacle. Previous roles were with First Tennessee Bank, where she was a financial center manager, Fifth Third Bank, where she was a branch manager, and SunTrust Bank, where she held several office manager roles.

Meghan Waggoner has 12 years of experience and comes most recently from FirstBank in Smyrna, where roles included serving as a financial center manager, loan assistant and head teller.

Amanda Hemphill spent eight years with Franklin American Mortgage Company, before joining Pinnacle, where she was a senior compliance manager.

Wes Martin, with 11 years of experience, comes to the firm from Elliott Davis, LLC (Crowell & Crowell, PLLC), where he was a senior manager of regulatory compliance consulting services. Previously Martin was a financial institution compliance examiner for the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions.

Darcy Jones has also joined the risk management team and brings 11 years of financial services experience. She most recently comes from Franklin American Mortgage, where she was a front line risk manager and compliance analyst. Previously Jones was a branch service leader for Regions Bank.

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 2018 deposit data from the FDIC. Pinnacle earned a spot on FORTUNE's 2019 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S., its third consecutive appearance. American Banker recognized Pinnacle as one of America's Best Banks to Work For six years in a row.

The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $25.0 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2018. 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


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