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Leadership

When it comes to banking and professional service leadership, “the difference is real.” A superb group of leadership is what anyone should expect. At Avenue Bank, we have a team of executives who live in town and are involved in the local community they serve. Come and meet each one and learn how Avenue Bank leaders are part of Nashville.

Ron SamuelsRon Samuels
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Ron Samuels is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management. He serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. Ron…
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Kent CleaverKent Cleaver
President & Chief Operating Officer

Kent Cleaver is a graduate of Lipscomb University and has worked in Nashville’s banking industry for more than 30 years. He serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for the…
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Barb ZipperianBarb Zipperian
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Barb Zipperian is a graduate of Ball State University and the Dale Carnegie School of Effective Speaking and Human Relations. A Certified Public Accountant, Barb serves as Executive Vice President…
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Andy MoatsAndy Moats
Chief Credit Officer & Bank Group Director

A native of Nashville, Andy Moats is a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy and Vanderbilt University (B.S. in Economics). He joined Avenue Bank at conception in October of 2006 and…
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Jim McCann, CMBJim McCann, CMB
Executive Vice President, Director of Mortgage Lending

Jim has more than 38 years of experience in mortgage lending and manages the Avenue Bank Mortgage Division. The CMB (Certified Mortgage Banker) designation he holds is the highest professional…
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Pete WootenPete Wooten
Executive Vice President, Commercial Bank Group Executive

Pete Wooten is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Finance and Economics. He joined Avenue in April 2007, and brings more than 25 years of diversified…
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Lisa Meiers SmithLisa Meiers Smith
Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing

A Nashville native, Lisa Meiers is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Advertising. She serves as Director of Marketing and has more than 20 years…
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Larry DorrisLarry Dorris
Senior Vice President, Bank Operations Executive

Larry Dorris is Avenue Bank’s Senior Vice President, Bank Operations Executive. His areas of responsibility include loan and deposit operations, security, BSA, facilities, ACH, electronic payments, on-line banking, and treasury…
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Aaron DornAaron Dorn
Senior Vice President, Director of Concierge Banking

Aaron was one of the ‘original 11’ in starting Avenue Bank, and had a significant hand in developing our brand and culture. A few years ago, Aaron felt a calling…
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