Franklin Synergy recruits Berry Farms VP

Franklin Synergy Bank has recruited Tiffany Martin to its team in Berry Farms as a vice president and commercial banker. Martin joins Franklin Synergy from Capital Bank, where she had been a branch manager for almost two years. Before that, she also ran a Bank of America branch.

“Tiffany has a great background in banking,” said Chairman and CEO Richard Herrington. “Our Berry Farms team is serving a community experiencing fast growth and Tiffany was just the right fit to serve that segment of our market.”

Franklin Synergy opened its office in Berry Farms, located off Interstate 65 at Goose Creek Bypass, in the fall of 2013. The company runs 11 branches in Williamson and Rutherford counties.

Sep 9, 2015 9:08 AM

$10B wealth manager moves into Nashville

Birmingham-based Arlington Family Offices, which manages more than $10 billion in assets for high-net-worth families, has absorbed the operations of ETC Capital Management in downtown Franklin. In a release, Arlington's leaders say Tennessee is a very attractive spot for trust management and add that they have applied for regulatory permission to run an office of their private trust company here.

ETC founder Croley Graham, who is now a managing director of Arlington, is equally upbeat about the combined firms' capabilities: “Arlington’s experience, people, and systems are unmatched and will permit us to provide the absolute best in service to families, not only those in Tennessee but those moving their operations here because of Tennessee’s very favorable trust and tax environments.”

Sep 9, 2015 6:53 AM

Local bank profits keep chugging along

Loan books up 17% from year ago
Sep 3, 2015 2:54 PM

FirstBank gets OK for Chattanooga acquisition

FirstBank announced today it has received regulatory approvals to acquire the six-branch Northwest Georgia Bank, a move expected to elevate the Nashville-based entity’s Chattanooga-area presence.

The transaction, a purchase price for which is not disclosed in a release, is expected to close by month’s end. NGB is based in in Ringgold, Georgia.

The annoucement follows FirstBank recently officially making Nashville its headquarters. The bank, which is Tennessee's third-largest by assets, had been based in Lexington.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions and the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance have approved the transaction.

“Obtaining all required regulatory approvals is a major milestone towards completion of the merger,” FirstBank President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Holmes said in the release. “Our banks’ histories and cultures are so closely aligned that we believe the integration of the two banks will be rewarding and we’re looking forward to continued success as we consummate the merger.”

FirstBank entered the Chattanooga market in 2008 when it opened a main office on Chestnut Street and a branch operation on Hamilton Place Boulevard.

The pending acquisition of Northwest Georgia Bank will increase FirstBank’s assets to $2.8 billion, giving it four additional branches in Hamilton County, Tennessee, and two additional branches in Catoosa County, Georgia. It will also elevate FirstBank’s deposit market share from 22nd to 6th in the Chattanooga Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Sep 3, 2015 1:02 PM

Bank wrap: Commerce Union picks brand, First Freedom plans Davidson County move

Newly merged lender doesn't stick with tradition-rich name
Sep 2, 2015 2:53 PM

CapStar recruits SVP from Fifth Third

Treasury management pro has nearly four decades of experience
Sep 1, 2015 12:42 PM

ServisFirst to make Midtown move

Two years after setting up local LPO, business-focused lender gets nod for full branch
Sep 1, 2015 7:09 AM

Investment manager loses right to CFP mark until January

The arbiters of the Certified Financial Planner designation last week said they and local investment manager Kay Quinn in April agreed to a settlement that suspended Quinn's right to use the CFP mark until next January. At issue are a handful rules and ethics transgressions, including advising 55 Quinn Financial Partners clients to invest in a real estate securities that weren't registered for sale in Tennessee — for which the state's Department of Commerce and Insurance censured Quinn in 2013. Read the CFP Board's full release here and check out the 2013 state case against Quinn here.

Sep 1, 2015 7:03 AM

BKD announces local office move

The Nashville office of BKD has moved to Two American Center from One American Center in the West End corridor, the company announced today in a release.

The move of the local office of the Springfield, Missouri-based accounting and advisory firm is effective today, according to David Tate, managing partner of BKD’s Kentucky-Southern Indiana-Tennessee practice unit.

Jim Regnier (pictured), partner in charge of BKD’s Nashville operations, said growth is “always our goal.” The firm operates 34 offices in 15 states.

“Growth is most rewarding when it happens through organic expansion of our client base,” Regnier said. “That’s the reason for our expansion in Nashville.  We look forward to continuing to provide our signature brand of unmatched client service to our clients in Tennessee and the surrounding area.”

The new office address will have an address of 3102 West End Ave., Suite 1050. The office phone and fax numbers will remain the same.

In 2014, BDK reported revenues of $475 million and approximately 2,250 personnel, including roughly 260 partners.

Aug 31, 2015 12:30 PM

Nashville Area ETF grows by 100K shares

Second birthday month brings two creation unit buys
Aug 31, 2015 7:21 AM