New Additions to Team Pinnacle in Lynchburg
Russ Smith, Office Leader
Smith has 13 years of financial services experience and comes to Pinnacle from Wells Fargo, where he was a regional banking branch manager. He previously served that bank up until 2016 as a manager and spent three years at BB&T in between, where he was a market leader and small business banker. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He serves on the board of the Minutemen Club with Liberty High School, coaches youth sports for Help Our Youth Excel and has taken part in Leadership Lynchburg.
Luke Towles, Financial Advisor
Towles has 21 years of financial services experience and comes to Pinnacle from Wells Fargo, where he was a market manager serving the Southwest Virginia region. Prior to that, he held management positions in business and retail banking at BB&T. Towles earned a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University. He has served on the boards for the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, Business on Mission Conference, Liberty University Center for Entrepreneurship and the Academy Center of the Arts.
Nikki McVey, Financial Specialist
McVey has eight years of financial services experience and comes to Pinnacle from Beacon Credit Union, where she was a branch manager. Prior to that, she was with Wells Fargo as a lead teller and then a service manager. McVey attended Central Piedmont Community College. She volunteers with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Relay for Life and United Way and is involved in youth sports programs.
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. Pinnacle earned a spot on FORTUNE’s 2020 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S., its fourth consecutive appearance. American Banker recognized Pinnacle as one of America’s Best Banks to Work For seven years in a row.
Pinnacle entered the Virginia market in 2017 when it acquired BNC Bancorp. Pinnacle continues BNC’s practice of offering community bank service with the resources and sophistication of a larger firm. The firm was recognized as the No. 6 Best Place to Work in Virginia by Virginia Business magazine in 2020.
The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $29.3 billion in assets as of March 31, 2020. As the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 12 primarily urban markets in Tennessee, the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia.
Additional information concerning Pinnacle, which is included in the Nasdaq Financial-100 Index, can be accessed at www.pnfp.com.