Pinnacle hires Tennessee Commerce VP

Former BofA exec joined Franklin lender in '03

Pinnacle Financial Partners has recruited a senior executive from reeling business lender Tennessee Commerce Bancorp.

Ellis Simmons was vice president of direct lending at Tennessee Commerce, which he joined in 2003. At Pinnacle, he will be senior vice president and financial advisor.

Before moving to Tennessee Commerce, Simmons was a regional sales and service manager, among other things, at Bank of America. He has 25 years of experience in the industry in retail, small business and middle-market roles. He earned his bachelor's from the University of the South at Sewanee.

Joining Simmons in moving from Tennessee Commerce is financial advisor assistant Debbie Wasson. A former customer services manager at US Bank, Wasson was a commercial loan assistant at Tennessee Commerce and has 20 years of industry experience.