Whitaker, with 25 years of financial services experience, comes to Pinnacle from Capital Bank, where he served as a branch manager and small business relationship manager. Prior roles included branch manager and small business lender with Regions Bank, middle market lender with Union Planters Bank and credit officer at SunTrust Bank.
“Blake’s extensive financial services experience and local involvement are a winning combination that will benefit our clients," said Blair Miller, area manager of client services for the firm’s upstate South Carolina region. "He is an excellent addition to our team."
Whitaker earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
He is active in the community and currently serves as committee chair for the Junior Achievement Annual Golf Tournament. Whitaker is also a former member of Simpsonville Kiwanis and has served on the board of directors of Knoxville Community Development Corporation’s Micro Loan Program.
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 earned a place on FORTUNE’s 2017 and 2018 lists of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S., and American Banker recognized Pinnacle as the sixth-best bank to work for in 2017.
Pinnacle entered the South Carolina 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 began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $22.9 billion in assets as of March 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 www.pnfp.com.