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Commercial & Business Banking

Our clients want big dividends, and that’s why our commercial bankers bring decades of banking experience to work every day. We offer the technology, sophistication and capabilities of a large national bank, but bring the advantages of a smaller bank such as local decision-making, responsiveness, and personal relationships. Meet our bankers that help make the Avenue Bank difference.

Craig Gardella

Craig Gardella

Senior Vice President, Director of Commercial and Industrial Banking

Craig Gardella joined Avenue Bank’s Commercial Division in August of 2013, coming to us with over 30 years of experience as a corporate , commercial and healthcare lender and executive. Craig was also the SVP Finance & Treasurer of a nationwide healthcare company. He joined the commercial bank as the Senior Vice President, Director of Commercial and Industrial Banking.

Craig is a graduate of Villanova University with a degree in Finance. He is a member of the Nashville HealthCare Council, serves as Treasurer for the Tennessee Kidney Foundation, and also serves on the Board of Directors for both the Tennessee Kidney Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of the MidSouth. This past March, Craig and his wife Marcina, the parents of four children, completed a 50 mile walk for MS! He enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, swimming and playing golf in his free time.


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