A native of Nashville, Jimmy Griscom joined Avenue Bank in March 2012 and serves as Vice President of the bank’s Wealth Advisors division. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry ranging from private client services, institutional trading, and corporate and executive services. In 2007 Jimmy formed MG Enterprises as owner and CEO and launched a multi-line apparel company called Cacties. He is a graduate of MBA high school and the University of the South. In his free time he enjoys golfing and hunting.
Rachel Truxillo is a Concierge Banker at the bank’s West End branch. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and is a 2012 graduate of the University of Mississippi, earning a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies and spending her days outdoors!
Brent Young joined Avenue Bank in December 2013 as a Credit Analyst. He has over six years of banking experience and worked with SunTrust Bank prior to joining Avenue. Originally from Atlanta, Brent is a graduate of Kennesaw State University earning a BBA in Business Management. He is actively involved with the American Diabetes Association on the Tour De Cure Executive Team. Brent is an avid sports fan and in his spare time enjoys playing ice hockey, tennis, hiking, cycling, hunting and fishing. He even has plans to cycle from Nashville to Atlanta this year! Brent and his wife, Nicole reside in Nashville.
Susan Shute joined Avenue Bank in January 2014 and serves as Vice President, Mortgage Loan Originator. She has over thirty years of experience originating mortgage loans, most recently with Primary Residential Mortgage in Green Hills. Susan enjoys volunteering with Hands on Nashville and spending time with her nieces, nephews and grandson. She comes from a large family and is the oldest of seven children! Susan is a native of Brentwood, attended the University of Tennessee and lives in the Cool Springs area.
Lisa Reyes joined the Business Banking team in November 2013 as a Banking Assistant. Lisa has multiple years of business/retail and banking experience most recently from Regions Bank where she was a Private Wealth Associate. She earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Freed Hardeman University. Lisa enjoys playing tennis, running, traveling and playing the piano. Lisa and her husband, Nick reside in Bellevue.
Dennis Tulpa joined Avenue Bank in December 2013 after completing a BBA in Finance from Middle Tennessee State University. He was a marketing intern with the Nashville Predators, and worked with the Detroit Red Wings before moving to Nashville from Detroit, Michigan. Dennis also served at Belle Meade Country Club in outside operations throughout his studies at MTSU. He enjoys golf, outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing, and ice hockey (he has played for 19 years!) Dennis serves as a Concierge Banker at the bank’s Green Hills branch.
Nathan Moore joined Avenue Bank in December 2013 following a nine-year career in the U.S. Army Special Forces and earning a BA-Economics at The Pennsylvania State University. As a Green Beret, Nathan served in a variety of capacities with his unit, including the role of Weapons Sergeant, showing exceptional leadership and professional expertise. From a financial standpoint, Nathan served as the paying agent for his forward-deployed team, in charge of military funds for essential team needs. In his free time he enjoys watching sports, hunting and spending time outdoors. Nathan and his wife, Carrie reside in Nashville. He serves as a Concierge Banker at the bank’s Cool Springs branch.
Andrew Blahnik is a Concierge Banker at the bank’s Cool Springs branch. Prior to joining Avenue Bank, he was employed by HomeTelos, where he where he managed purchase contracts for government-owned homes. Andrew holds a BS-Business Management from Bradley University in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois. Like so many at Avenue, he also has a passion for music and has a background as a professional drummer, pianist and singer. Along with performing, he also has a passion for producing music. Andrew and his wife, Abby reside in Williamson county.
Amy Brown serves as our Deposit Operations Team Leader. Joining the operations team in October 2013, Amy has over 13 years of banking experience, most recently serving as a Business Systems Analyst at Avenue and before that working in Treasury Management and Deposit Operations at CapStar Bank. In her free time, Amy enjoys canoeing, kayaking and also runs a photography business on the side. Amy is a Nashville area native; she resides in Castalian Springs (near Gallatin) with her husband, Tray and young son, Deacon.
Over the holidays our account was breached and money taken fraudulently. Mallory and the team at the Avenue West End branch took care of the matter quickly and professionally. We had a new account, cards, checks, etc. within a matter of days - and they even took care of communication with the police. I can't say enough good things about the customer service we receive at Avenue Bank!!
A huge shout out the gang in Cool Springs, Sloan, Scott, Sharon and Shannon. Had a problem recently with possible fraud charges and they placed a hold on the card and let me know immediately thing were off in my account. New debit card issued with in days and problem resolved. This is a side note to the fantastic customer service I receive each time I go to the bank. The folks there make me want to get out of my car and go inside to see there genuine warm smiles. Kudos Cool Springs Customer for life.
Rachel Mitchell is a new Commercial Real Estate/Residential Construction Lending Credit Underwriter. Prior to joining Avenue Bank, Rachel was employed by Elmington Capital Group where she was an investment analyst underwriting many commercial real estate acquisition opportunities. A Nashville native, Rachel is a graduate of Nashville’s University School and Dartmouth College where she was an All American Rugby Player! Rachel resides in Nashville with her husband and two young children.
Trevor Scott is a Concierge Banker at the bank’s Green Hills branch. Prior to joining Avenue Bank, he was employed by US Bank, where he served as an In-Store Banker in Bellevue. He is a graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky where he played tennis for four years and has recently completed his MBA in Economic Crime and Fraud Management from Utica College. Like so many at Avenue, he also has an entrepreneurial spirit, having co-founded a frozen yogurt company in Nashville and managed a company in Lexington, KY. Trevor is a certified tennis pro, avid woodworker, and a big fan of Warner Parks! Trevor and his wife, Amory reside in Bellevue.
William Roberts joins Avenue Bank as a Vice President, Credit Underwriter on the Small Business and Consumer Loans Team. William is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business. William brings a vast background of credit experience with over 20 years in banking, most recently as a Credit Advisor with SunTrust’s Private Wealth Management Group. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing golf and spending time with his children at their various sporting events and activities. William, his wife, Laura and two children reside in Williamson county.
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.
With over 20 years of experience in banking, Christy Caudill joined Avenue as Senior Vice President and manager of Treasury Management/Systems Administration. She is a graduate of both Austin Peay State University and The George Washington University. Most recently, Christy was with CapStar Bank, where she managed the Correspondent Banking and Treasury Management business for the Operations group. She is involved with Junior Achievement as a volunteer and in her free time, Christy enjoys jogging, weight lifting, hiking and traveling. A football fan, she can also be found cheering on her two favorite teams, the Tennessee Titans and Florida Gators.
Stuart Hunter joined Avenue Bank as a Banking Assistant supporting the Medical & Professional Services Team. Stuart has been in a similar role with SunTrust since 2007 after graduating from The University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Economics. Originally from Knoxville, he is an avid fly fisher and enjoys backpacking and camping in his free time. Stuart, his wife, Jacquelyn and their daughter Stella reside in Davidson county.
Ellen May has joined the Avenue Bank Team as a Vice President, Mortgage Loan Originator and Senior Relationship Manager in the Music and Entertainment Private Banking division. She has more than 25 years of experience in mortgage banking and has been recognized by the Nashville Mortgage Bankers Association as a top producer for several years. Ellen comes to us from SunTrust Bank where she has been originating for the past 14 years in the Music and Sports / Entertainment Division. She is well-known throughout the music industry by most of the business managers of the stars as the go-to originator for mortgage loans.
Ellen is an active member of the Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association, CMA, ACM, recording academy and involved in various volunteer efforts with her church. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, sewing, entertaining family and friends and collecting antiques! She and her husband, Jeff reside in Davidson county and have one son, Greg.
Kelly Weathers serves as a Vice President, Mortgage Loan Originator in the Mortgage Division. Kelly brings almost twenty years of banking and mortgage lending experience to Avenue Bank. Having spent the last 14 years at SunTrust, Kelly has consistently been recognized by the Nashville Mortgage Bankers Association for his outstanding loan production.
He is married to Jamie and has three children. In his free time, he loves playing golf, coaching baseball, grilling out with family and friends and cheering on his two favorite teams, the Tennessee Titans and Volunteers!
Sloan Bowen is a Concierge Banker at the bank’s Cool Springs branch. She grew up in El Paso, Texas, and is a graduate of Texas A&M, earning a B.A. in Political Science & Business. Sloan comes to us with experience in advertising, marketing, event planning, business development and staffing. She enjoys painting, swimming, music, exercising, as well as her white boxer, HollyWood. She also spends her time supporting her favorite non-profit organization, the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Jennifer Shepard has more than 20 years of banking experience, and is a Vice President and Private Client Banker at Avenue. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and most recently came to us from Regions Bank. She enjoys volunteering with Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity. Originally from Auburn, AL, Jennifer, her husband, Scott and two children now reside in Williamson county.
Steve Jaynes is Avenue Bank’s Senior Vice President, Director of Private Client Banking - Medical and Professional Services. Steve was credited with creating the medical private banking department at SunTrust and will come out of a recent retirement to build and lead this new department at Avenue. Steve comes to Avenue with more than 38 years of banking experience. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Jacksonville University and attended the School of Commercial Banking at Vanderbilt University as well as The University of Virginia gaining a degree in Retail Bank Management.
Steve is actively involved with several organizations in the community including Leadership Nashville, the Nashville Medical Group Management Association and Habitat for Humanity. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycles, golf trips with friends, and spending time at the beach with his family. Steve has a son, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. He and his wife, Linda reside in Davidson county.
Bob Lawhon is a graduate of Rhodes College gaining a B.A. in Business Administration. Bob serves as Senior Vice President, Private Client Banker in the Medical & Professional Services Group at Avenue Bank. He has almost 20 years of banking experience and a strong network with law firms and other professional services groups, along with physicians and medical group management. He most recently was in this same role with SunTrust. Bob is a member of the National Board of Bethany Christian Services, serves as Treasurer of the Open Arms Care Foundation, and is also an Elder at his church.
He is married to wife Lisa and has two children. Bob and his family reside in Williamson county.
Mike Blanchard attended The University of the South to receive his bachelor’s degree, also gaining his MBA from Wake Forest University. Mike serves as Senior Vice President, Private Client Banker in the Medical & Professional Services Group. He joined Avenue in July 2013, and brings more than 35 years of banking experience; he has been with SunTrust since 1999 and has built a reputation as one of the best bankers in his field.
He is a member of the Nashville Medical Group, volunteers at the Rochelle Center and serves on the board of MillarRich, LLC whose mission is to make meaningful differences in the lives of individuals with disabilities. Mike has two children, and he and his wife Karen reside in Williamson County.
Tracy Rion serves as Avenue Bank’s Vice President, Regulatory Reporting Manager. With over 20 years of experience in Finance and Accounting, Tracy joined Avenue Bank in October, 2007. She is a graduate of Belmont University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. A big fan of hockey, Tracy enjoys attending Nashville Predators games as well as spending time with her two children and two grandchildren.
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 operations. Larry comes to Avenue with more than 35 years of varied banking experience including operations, commercial and business banking, area branch management, private banking, investments, retail technology, and more. He most recently worked with Regions Bank in Memphis. Larry is a graduate of Rhodes College obtaining a degree in Economics.
In his free time, he enjoys flying. He has flown 400+ hours as a private pilot. Larry, his wife, Libby and dog, Madison reside in Davidson county.
Beverly Effinger has more than 25 years of experience in mortgage banking and is a Vice President, Mortgage Loan Originator at Avenue Bank. Beverly is an active member of the Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association and involved in many volunteer efforts including various school committees, Habitat for Humanity and her church. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, playing music and teaching.
Alex is a Concierge Banker at our Cummins Station location. He previously worked as the Service Director at Chick-fil-A here in Nashville and is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.A. in Human Resources Management. Alex serves our community as a big brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee program and enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee, board games, hiking and reading.
Tether is a Concierge Banker at our West End branch. Tether comes to us from Destin, Florida, where she previously worked for SmartBank. Tether’s husband, Eric is a soldier in the army and was recently transferred to Fort Campbell Military Base in Clarksville, TN, so they relocated to Nashville and currently reside in the Bellevue area. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a B.A. in Marketing and a Master’s of Public Administration. In her free time Tether enjoys working out, photography, cooking and spending time with friends.
Darryl Williams is a new Small Business and Consumer Loan Credit Underwriter at Avenue Bank. He joined the bank in December of 2012 and brings more than 18 years of credit underwriting experience most recently at Regions Bank. He attended the University of Tennessee earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Darryl enjoys running, outdoor activities such as road cycling, mountain biking, hiking and camping and is a self-proclaimed wine enthusiast. Darryl and his wife, Nikki reside in Williamson county with their twin daughters.
Mark Brooks joins Avenue Bank in the role of Senior Vice President, Director of Business Banking. Mark is a very experienced commercial banker having spent more than 25 years in the industry, most recently at American Security/Capstar Bank. He joined Avenue Bank in November 2012 to lead the company’s focus on Business Banking. The bank’s Business Banking division focuses on businesses with $5 million or less in annual revenue, particularly locally owned businesses. Mark is a graduate of Lipscomb University and enjoys hiking, photography, fishing, reading and is an avid lover of UT football.
Richard Stone is a Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager. He joins the Avenue family with 13 years of commercial banking experience. Richard is a Blue Raider, having earned his BBA and a MA from Middle Tennessee State University. During his time there, he earned degrees in Marketing and Financial Economics. Richard serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and has previously volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, where he was named “Big Brother of the Year” in 2002. In his free time, he enjoys fitness, golf, reading and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Tara and two children reside in Rutherford County.
Tracy Knight has almost 20 years of banking experience, and is a Commercial Real Estate Relationship Manager also engaging in business development at Avenue. Tracy came to us in October of 2012 from First Southern Mortgage Corporation where she served as the Director of Commercial Mortgage Production for 13 years. She is a current volunteer for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Cub Scouts, and serves on the fundraising committee for the Charley Foundation. In her free time, Tracy enjoys cooking, gardening, yoga, hiking, and photography. Tracy and her husband, Michael reside in Williamson county.
Deb Hennessee Thomas has more than 25 years of banking experience, and is a Senior Vice President of Private Banking at Avenue. Deb has been in the Nashville market for her banking career and most recently came to us from CapStar Bank. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for several organizations including Our Kids, the March of Dimes and FUMC. Deb enjoys cooking, outdoor activities such as hiking and shooting and is an avid lover of chocolate labs. Deb and her husband, Mark reside in Davidson county.
Martha is a Private Client Banking Assistant, joining Avenue Bank in September, 2012. She has had multiple years of banking experience with Tennessee Commerce Bank and Republic Bank. Martha loves traveling, cooking, sewing and is in the process of learning sign language. She resides in LaVergne, TN with her husband, Joey and two ‘furry, four-legged children!’
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Emeline Thrash is a Concierge Banker at the bank’s Green Hills branch. She grew up in Nashville, and is a graduate of Auburn University, earning a degree in Accounting and Finance. Prior to joining Avenue she spent her summers working at Community Bank & Trust in Ashland City. Emeline enjoys cooking and traveling, as well as spending time with her little puppy. She also spends her time supporting her favorite non-profit organization, the Alpha Omicron Pi Arthritis Foundation.
Just signed up for a checking account with Scott at the Cool Springs location and I couldn't be happier with the customer service.
No fees for checking, regardless of balance.
No fees for ---any--- ATM.
Free online account access.
Friendly staff that makes everything simple.
Local, no 1-800 numbers.
Thanks for giving me a bank I can trust!
Sharon Mejia joined the bank as a Concierge Banker at our Cool Springs location and was promoted to our Music and Entertainment team serving as a Private Client Banking Assistant. Sharon grew up in East Tennessee and is a 2011 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Business Administration and Finance.
In 2007, she was a member of the Scott County Fair Committee representing them as 'Miss Scott County' across Tennessee. In her free time, Sharon enjoys crafts, pursuing her passion for photography and baking.
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 to military service and left the bank in October 2008 to attend the United States Marine Corps Officer Training School. He achieved the rank of Captain and has served our country as an Intelligence Officer, with a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Avenue welcomed him back in June 2012, taking on the role as Vice President and Director of Concierge Banking, responsible for management of the bank’s retail banking team and four branch locations.
Aaron is a 2003 graduate of Florida State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Multinational Business Operations and Finance as well as International Affairs.
He currently serves on the Board of Youth Life Foundation and on the Board of Rocketown. He is the former Chairman of the Davidson County Young Republicans and has served as a Co-Chairman of the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament.
He is married to Erin and has two little girls. In addition to being an expert in Rifle and Pistol marksmanship, he also has a passion for music. In his free time, he loves writing songs and playing the guitar.
Josh is a Nashville native, and graduated from Lipscomb University with a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Management. After a stint playing professional basketball in Europe, he returned to Nashville to begin his long-term professional career at Avenue Bank.
He is married to wife, Mary who also works at Avenue Bank as our Marketing Coordinator. Josh is an avid ping-pong player and coaches youth basketball in his free time.
He serves as a Concierge Banker at our West End branch.
Nicole is a Credit Analyst with more than 12 years in the banking industry. Prior to this position, Nicole worked with the Commercial team as a Commercial Banking Administrative Specialist. Nicole attended Belmont University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. In her free time she loves attending NASCAR racing events, reading and competing on Trivia teams around Nashville.
Stephanie Carr is a Concierge Banker at the bank’s Cummins Station branch. She grew up in Franklin, and is a 2010 graduate of University of Tennessee Knoxville, earning a B.A. in Marketing & International Business. Prior to joining Avenue she worked for two years at an IT staffing and recruiting firm in Franklin. Stephanie enjoys music and athletics, as well as participating in events around Nashville. She also spends her time supporting her favorite non-profit organization, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Adam Woolard is a recent Lipscomb University MBA Graduate with a concentration in Leadership Studies. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance. Adam has spent the last two years, while pursuing his MBA, working for the Nashville Area Habitat of Humanity as a Family Services Intern evaluating eligibility and applications for the Homeownership Program. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, reading, and participating in any and all outdoor activities. Adam will serve as a concierge banker based in our Cummins Station branch.
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Well, Avenue has done it again. They now have everything a big, bully bank has--their own app! I am an app freak and downloaded it yesterday. It is super easy to use and convenient. You can even transfer funds in it.
I'm telling you, the best bank in town!
Mike joined Avenue Bank in March 2012 as a Commercial Relationship Manager with more than 15 years of commercial banking experience. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Samford University, his MBA from UT Chattanooga and is a 2012 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. Mike is an alumnus of the Young Leaders Council and Leadership Dickson County. He is a Board member of the Belmont Mansion and serves on the Finance Committee for Mental Health America. In his free time Mike enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends. Mike, his wife Caroline and two children reside in Franklin.
Scott Newell is the Branch Manager at our Cool Springs branch. He comes to us from Oxford, where he attended the University of Mississippi and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management. He joined the bank as Courier & Bank Support Specialist, and later was promoted to a Concierge Banker at the Cool Springs branch. After another promotion in 2013, Scott served as a Senior Concierge Banker, making meaningful contributions to the Concierge Banking team, particularly in the area of security practices and staffing assistance. Before beginning his banking career, he was the General Manager of Varsity Grill in Oxford.
Scott is also an Eagle Scout which explains why he enjoys volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in his free time.
Here I go again, but I promised to tell all every time this bank went above and beyond!
A payroll problem at my company this morning left me in a serious limbo. I emailed Paul Vernich, my trusted banker and Asst VP and branch manager, and he was able to handle the problem for me (IN UNDER AN HOUR!). Where else on earth would an Asst VP at a bank handle your email personally in that short a time?
Seriously, if you are sick of the no service, we don't care about you only your account banks all over town, open an account at Avenue!
Paula has 25 years experience in the financial services industry, specializing in Treasury Management. She is a Certified Treasury Professional and currently serves as Immediate Past President and Board member of the Nashville Chapter of the Association for Financial Professionals. In her free time Paula enjoys music, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Alex joined our West End branch as a Concierge Banker in 2011 and after several months of pursuing her interests in learning and development, she now serves as our Training Coordinator. She graduated with a BA in Banking & Finance from the University of Mississippi in 2010. Alex loves cooking, shopping, traveling, playing tennis and supporting her favorite non-profit organization, the Make-a-Wish Foundation. She and her husband, Trent, live in Nashville.
Debbie Flack is Senior Vice President, Commercial Credit Manager. She comes to Avenue Bank with 23 years experience in the financial services industry. Debbie received a BS in Finance from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association and serves on various committees at St. Paul Christian Academy and Montgomery Bell Academy. In her free time she enjoys jogging, playing tennis, reading and watching her children play sports. Debbie and her husband, Robert and three children live in Nashville.
Harry joined the Avenue family in October 2011 with 9 years of experience in banking and finance, with a specialty in serving non-profit organizations. He is a Nashville native and has a BBA and a MBA from Belmont University, where he was named ‘Outstanding Student of the Year’ in 2010. Harry is the President of the Board for Purpose Preparatory Academy, a new charter school, and serves as President-Elect for the Belmont Alumni Association Board of Directors. When he’s not working you can find him reading, singing in his church choir, or bowling with the family. He and his wife, Chandra and daughters, Noelle and Naomi, reside in Sumner County.
A native of Nashville, Katy is a Senior Vice President and serves as Avenue Bank’s Controller. With over 11 years of experience in Finance and Accounting, Katy joined Avenue Bank in October, 2011 as a Financial Reporting and Analysis Manager. She is a graduate of MTSU and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the AICPA and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. Katy enjoys creative pursuits including cooking, gardening, and crafts. She also enjoys reading numerous blogs about those topics, as well as spending time with her family.
The Avenue Bank Corporate office is located at 111 Tenth Ave. South, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37203
Our phone is 615.252.2265
For branch locations, see "Locations" on this website.
I am NOT being compensated for this! But, in this day when banks are running away with their power, I wanted to let all of you know about my bank, Avenue Bank. They charge no fees and will not be. Also, they refund any ATM fees I get charged by other banks.
Here is an email I just sent my banker there and his reply...(Me) Hey, Paul! I hope you are well! You guys aren't going to start charging fees like these other banks are you?
(Paul ) NO! we are definitely staying away from that. We are able to because of our asset size and our overall core values. As you know, we also will not charge ATM fees anywhere in the world. Thanks for asking though and feel free to spread the word to anyone that I might be able to save from the monthly fees. Have a great one, Chad!
Get in touch with him! Paul Vernich, Avenue Bank, Cummins Station Branch
I am blown away by how much I am in love with a bank! I mean really, you guys have taken me by surprise and it is really awesome to have a bank that you don't dread going to. Mallory really is fantastic at the West End location when she helped me set up my checking account yesterday! She said that I should receive my debit card in 2-3 days! Not Weeks!!!! I am very impressed so far and I know that I will be with this bank for a very long time! Thanks Ave!
Submitted by Alli W
I am blown away by how much I am in love with a bank! I mean really, you guys have taken me by surprise and it is really awesome to have a bank that you don't dread going to. Mallory really is fantastic at the West End location when she helped me set up my checking account yesterday! She said that I should receive my debit card in 2-3 days! Not Weeks!!!! I am very impressed so far and I know that I will be with this bank for a very long time! Thanks Ave!
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A Nashville native, Jason Dobbs is a Vice President, Credit Underwriter. Prior to joining Avenue Bank in 2007 he served as Senior Auditor at a CPA firm. Jason graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a B.A. in Accounting. He serves on the UT Davidson County Alumni Board and was recently elected Treasurer of the Nashville State Community College Board of Trustees. When Jason isn’t coaching his little league baseball team you will probably find him keeping himself busy outdoors kayaking, biking, or playing golf.
After being finally fed up with the service at (another well known bank, name removed), I overheard a conversation at the Post Office regarding great service at Avenue. I checked them online and enrolled at the Cummins Station branch. Paul signed me up. Since then I have had several questions which he answers immediately on email. I had to go to the Cool Springs branch yesterday and received perfect service there, too! If you are not a million dollar client but want to be treated like one, this is the place for you!
submitted by Chad, Nashville
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 is very active in civic leadership, and served as the Chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 2008 - 2010. He serves on the boards of the Tennessee Bankers Association, Country Music Foundation, Nashville Alliance for Public Education, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and The Golf Club of Tennessee. He previously held leadership roles on the board of the Adventure Science Center, Music City Convention Center Coalition, Nashville Sports Council, Music City Bowl and Center for Non-Profit Management.
He was named a "Leader In Banking Excellence" in 2009 for career and community contributions by the Tennessee Bankers Association and was honored to receive the "Leadership and Integrity Award" presented by the Dean Institute for Corporate Governance at Lipscomb University. Ron is an avid golfer and sports fan, and is married to wife Lynn, the Nashville area’s most fabulous real estate agent. He also plays guitar with the Avenue Bank Band, The Hummingbirds. The band won first place in the 2012 Music City Corporate Band Challenge.
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 Bank. He also serves on the bank’s Board of Directors. Kent is a graduate of the Leadership Middle Tennessee Class of 2010; he is a member of Lipscomb University’s Business Leadership Council, Executive Committee and Lipscomb University’s, College of Business, Board of Visitors. He is a member of the Tennessee Leadership Council for the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business), “the voice of small business.” He is former Chairman of the Board for the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity and remains active in that organization. He is also a graduate of Leadership Nashville (Class of 2013), and serves on the Board of the Nashville Downtown Partnership.
He is married to Stephanie and has two children. In addition to his passion for UT football, Kent remains an avid golfer and secretly dreams of making the Senior Tour (though he won’t admit it.)
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 and Chief Financial Officer. She has 32 years of finance and accounting experience in the banking industry, with particular expertise in corporate planning, forecasting, financial analysis, facilities and capital management, investor relations and internal audit. Barb is a Past International President for her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi and is active in Financial Executives International, Tennessee Society of CPAs and Tennessee Repertory Theatre board. She is married to husband Ken and has two grown sons. She is also a proud Harley rider.
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 brings more than 12-years of commercial banking experience with expertise in Real Estate, Music & Entertainment, and Commercial & Industrial Lending. Andy serves as Chief Credit Officer, managing the credit administration and credit policy for Avenue Bank, and Bank Group Director, overseeing retail banking, Private Client, Music & Entertainment and Business Banking teams.
He is currently President of the Board of Directors for The Exchange Club Family Center and previously served on the Board of Nashville Emerging Leaders.
Andy rides a Harley and he is involved, along with his family, in auto racing.
Born in Ohio, Ron Cox has called Middle Tennessee home for over 30 years. He has nearly 25 years of banking experience and was part of the founding team of Avenue Bank. In his current role as Director of the bank’s Music & Entertainment team, he combines his banking experience with his passion for music. Ron also has an extensive background as a professional musician and songwriter, performing across the country and working with entertainers from Barbara Mandrell to Bob Hope and writing for Curb Music Publishing.
Ron serves as an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University’s Curb School of Music, leading a class on “Personal Finance and Banking in the Music Industry” to junior and senior level students pursuing a career in the music industry.
He is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Music, and remains actively involved with that organization as an alumnus.
He also leads Avenue’s corporate band, The Hummingbirds, which took top honors in the 2012 Music City Corporate Band Challenge. The band is very popular and performs for various community events and company functions.
He has served on numerous community boards including Rocketown, the YMCA and United Way. He is currently a member of the CMA, ACM, AMA, NARAS, GMA, and IBMA. Ron has three children, and still loves to get in some bluegrass banjo pickin’ from time to time.
Courtney Williams is Vice President, Business Banker based at our Cool Springs branch. She joins Avenue Bank with 16 years experience in the banking industry. She is a member of the Tennessee Bankers Association, American Institute of Banking, and completed training with MZ Bierly Consulting. She is actively involved with the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, Women 2 Women of Franklin, Women in Business of Brentwood and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Franklin Firefighters Charities. She is the Chair of the Mardi Gras Ball, raising funds for My Friend's House in Franklin. In her free time Courtney enjoys monogramming, gardening and photography.
Nancy has more than 14 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Banker at our West End office. Nancy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Business Administration. She currently serves as Secretary and Board Member for All About Women, providing access to health care information and services to underserved women in Middle Tennessee. She is a past Board member, Development Committee Member, and past chair of The Mad Hatter for the Sexual Assault Center. Nancy is also a graduate of the Young Leaders Council, and a member of the Friends of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Nancy has also served on numerous committees for other non-profit events.
With 16 years of banking experience, John Moore is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Banking Manager working at our Green Hills location. He earned his M.B.A. at the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University and has a B.A. in Political Science from The University of the South. John is also active with the Downtown Nashville Exchange Club and currently serves as Secretary. He is a past graduate of the Young Leaders Council and continues to be active with that group. John enjoys playing tennis and regularly represents the bank in the Music City Tennis Invitational, a fundraiser for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Gail is a Senior Concierge Banker at Avenue Bank's Cool Springs location. She has more than 35 years of banking experience, primarily in the Williamson County area. Gail is well known in the College Grove community, having managed a bank there for many years. Gail's passions include traveling, reading and gardening, but those are all secondary to spending time with her family including her 3 grandchildren.
Cooper is a Nashville native and a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy. He received a BA in Communications at the University of Georgia in 2003 and worked on completing a double major at Belmont in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business before he joined the A&R department at Sony Music Nashville. Cooper also worked as an Account Manager at Echo Music, a Nashville entertainment media company. He joined Avenue Bank in July 2008.
A graduate of Trevecca University (BS) and Middle Tennessee State University (MBA), Randy Hulse serves as Private Banker in the Cummins Station office. He has a wealth of experience in banking, particularly in mortgage lending, and is a graduate of the Mid-South School of Banking. Randy is involved as a member of music industry organizations including the Country Music Assoc., Academy of Country Music, and International Bluegrass Music Assoc.
He is a long-time volunteer at the Room In The Inn program, providing shelter to the homeless, and has served as a budget coach with Habitat for Humanity.
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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 designation presented by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. Jim has served the mortgage industry on the Board of Directors of both the Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association and the Nashville Mortgage Bankers Association, and as President of both organizations. In 1996, Jim was named "Mortgage Banker of the Year" by the Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association.
Jeff Tucker is a Certified Mortgage Banker, the highest professional designation that can be earned in the mortgage industry. Jeff was President of the Nashville Mortgage Bankers Association in 2012, and he is an active member of a number of associations, including the Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association, Williamson County Association of Realtors, the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors. Jeff has more than 17 years of experience in mortgage banking. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, with graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University. Jeff is a baseball fan and enjoys watching the Vanderbilt Commodores and the New York Yankees. When not watching baseball, Jeff attempts to play golf.
Jeff was recognized in 2009 by the Williamson County Association of Realtors as an Affiliate Member who has gone “above and beyond” to assist the projects and fundraising efforts of their organization.
Recently, Santi Tefel at the West End branch called to tell me that my account was overdrawn. When I told Santi I didn't recognize the source of the charge responsible for the overdraft, he investigated the matter & determined that an insurance company unknown to me had made an unusual, but honest mistake, causing the problem in my account. I've got to say that not having to solve a problem myself, not getting charged an overdraft fee & being personally contacted with an offer of assistance is a very welcome change from my experience with other banks. Thank you, Avenue.
Santi, Andrew, and the entire staff at the West End branch are always friendly and helpful. Besides the personal service, one of the reasons I chose Avenue is for the ability to use ATMs worldwide without incurring withdrawal fees. It is a huge advantage over other banks, and when problems arise abroad, personal attention is always given. When I had a dispute with an ATM withdrawal in South America, Santi helped me to work through the process and recover my money. Avenue provides a personal touch that I have not experienced with any other bank.
submitted by Chris, Nashville
Love the staff at the West End Branch! I went to open 3 new accounts and they were amazing! They all had a smile on their face and were truly there to help us with OUR banking needs. The Avenue Bank has an awesome atmosphere ....not like a normal stuffy bank where you feel like you have to talk quiet and hurry up so they can serve the next person! I just wanted to say THANK YOU Mallory and Santi for all of your help and the wonderful experience. I look forward to our business banking relationship for many years to come!
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Shannon joined Avenue Bank in March 2008 as one of the Cool Springs office’s first Concierge Bankers, agreeing to the challenge of growing a branch from scratch. In January 2011, Shannon was promoted to Branch Manager of the Cool Springs branch and has since set a very high bar with her commitment to leadership, mentorship, and standards of excellence. With another promotion in 2014, Shannon now serves as Vice President, Assistant Director of Concierge Banking. In this role, she assists in managing many aspects of the Concierge Banking team, to include client service initiatives, branch staffing and operations, banker and manager training, and more. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University, however, her team of choice will always be Notre Dame. Shannon is a member of the Junior League of Nashville, is currently serving on the board of directors for Operation Stand Down Nashville and is the proud wife of a United States Marine.
Lauren Peck is Branch Manager at the bank's Green Hills branch. She joined Avenue in June 2010 as a Concierge Banker, and was promoted to Manager in 2013. She grew up in Brentwood, and is a 2005 graduate of Lipscomb University, earning a B.S. in Marketing/Management. Prior to joining Avenue she worked as the retail coordinator at Belle Meade Country Club and was the owner of The Grove Boutique in Nashville, TN.
Lauren enjoys tennis and golf, as well as participating in competitive running events. But fashion is her passion!
Jessica Caver is a Senior Concierge Banker at our Cool Springs location. Prior to joining the Avenue family, she worked as a private banking assistant. Jessica is from Dallas, Texas and is a graduate of Auburn University with a BA in Communication and a minor in Business. She and her husband, Ben, reside in Williamson County. In her free time, Jessica enjoys live music, pursuing her passion for photography and volunteering at her church.
A graduate of Butler University (BS), Ashland University (MBA), and the College for Financial Planning (MFP), Bill Titus serves as Chief Risk Officer for the bank. He has been a CPA since 1989 and has more than 20 years of experience in banking finance. He is a member of the AICPA and Tennessee CPA Society. Bill's hobby is watching Academy Award® nominated movies and he has seen every Best Picture winner in Oscar® history.
A native of Nashville, Kevin Mills is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University (BUSLA in Business Education.) Kevin has over 17 years of experience in various areas of banking. He serves as Senior Vice President with expertise in security, bank operations and facilities management. He is a current board member of his local church, is married to wife Jennie, and has three children. Kevin is a singer in the Avenue Bank Band, The Hummingbirds. He also traveled for numerous years with a southern gospel quartet.
April Britt serves as Avenue Bank’s Senior Vice President, Learning Manager, and leads the company’s training and development initiatives. She previously served as our Cool Springs Branch Manager, and joined Avenue Bank in 2008 to lead the team opening that location.
She has twelve years of banking experience, and is a 2001 graduate of the University of Memphis. April is an active volunteer and fundraiser for the March of Dimes, serves on the Music City Division’s Board of Directors. April has been a family team leader for their March for Babies campaign for 5 years, raising more than $10,000 for this organization. She recently joined the Board of Directors for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD). She also volunteers as a Budget Coach for the Nashville area Habitat for Humanity and is a member of CABLE and Brentwood Toastmasters.
Andres Tapia is our Vice President, BSA Officer. He has eight years of banking experience which includes service at Union Planters Bank and Regions Bank. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Belmont University and a Bachelors Degree in International Business from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is an active member in the Kiwanis Club of Nashville and serves on the advisory board for the Massey School of Business. He is married and has two children. He enjoys the outdoor activities, cooking and golf.
Rich Roddy is a Nashville native who graduated from Western Kentucky University. Rich serves as Vice President and Director of Electronic Payments, ACH and Treasury Management Operations. He has over 15 years of banking experience and is an expert in his field. Rich is active with various nonprofit groups in Nashville and is married with one daughter. You can link to Rich on LinkedIn at http//www.linkedin.com.
A graduate of Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire with a Masters Degree in Computer Science, Brian serves as SVP, Chief Information Officer for Avenue Bank. He has 20 years experience in the IT field with 5 of those being in banking. Brian has a wide variety of hobbies including volleyball, chess, fantasy football, guitar and hockey, just to name a few.
Santi is a Private Client Banker at our West End location. He joined Avenue Bank in 2008 as a Concierge Banker at the opening of the West End branch. In 2009, Santi was selected in the inaugural group of Nashville's Top 30 Under 30, honoring Nashville’s young philanthropists, sponsored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He was a 2010 participant in the Young Leaders Council and serves on the YLC Board of Directors. In March 2012 Mayor Karl Dean appointed Santi to the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. Santi also serves on the ‘Young Leaders Board’ for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is involved with Conexion Americas as a volunteer financial counselor and translator. In his free time, Tefel enjoys playing tennis and golf and is an artist. His contemporary paintings were recognized for 3 consecutive years in the Arts & Business Council’s ArtWorks event as “Most Creative.”
Laurie Malone joined Avenue in August 2008 as a Concierge Banker and now serves as a Vice President, Client Care Manager with our Operations team. She has over ten years of banking experience, including previous service with Union Planters Bank and Regions Bank. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. Laurie enjoys adventurous travel and following Titans and UT football.
Dan Neumann is a Vice President and Residential Construction Relationship Manager for Avenue Bank's Residential Construction Lending responsible for managing and growing our portfolio of homebuilder and developing banking relationships. Dan has provided underwriting and portfolio management for Avenue Bank for the past six years. Prior to joining Avenue, Dan worked as an underwriter for both Union Planters and Regions Bank, in Nashville. He is a graduate of the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, where he received a BA in Finance and played on the football team. He is married to wife Megan, and has two children.
A native of Jacksonville, FL, Jeremy Yeagle is a graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee), with a B.A. in Economics and Psychology. He was a member of the original founding team for Avenue Bank, and currently serves as SVP, Corporate Finance Manager. He has experience in Large Corporate and Middle Market banking, including the healthcare arena. Jeremy is an outdoor enthusiast, with interest in skiing, fishing, and hiking.
With a BA in Mathematics and BA in Economics from Emory University, Seth Butler serves as Senior Vice President and Director of Real Estate banking. He has 14 years of banking experience, the last nine of which have been dedicated to the Nashville Commercial Real Estate market.