Current deputy chief credit officer of Pinnacle Bank, Cliff Dennett, has been promoted to chief credit officer following the retirement of Robert Blatter.

“Mr. Dennett has played a key role within Pinnacle’s credit team and has worked closely with Mr. Blatter for the past seven years,” Jeffrey D. Payne, executive vice president and CEO of Pinnacle Bank, said. “We put a succession plan in place and I am very pleased that we were able to follow that plan with the promotion of Mr. Dennett. Mr. Dennett is well prepared to take over the Chief Credit Officer position and was instrumental over the last several years in executing a very successful loan program. His leadership with the lending team and his extensive credit knowledge will continue to benefit the Bank the executive team and our clients.”

Dennett joined Pinnacle Bank in May of 2007 and contributed to the bank’s initial growth as a relationship manager. In 2015, Dennett was named executive vice president, senior lending officer and partnered with Blatter in support of the growing credit needs of the organization. As senior lending officer, Dennett directed the bank’s team of seasoned underwriters and partnered with Pinnacle Bank’s senior relationship management team in structuring and approving lending opportunities. In recognition of his leadership in credit risk management, Dennett was promoted to executive vice president, deputy chief credit officer in early 2021.

“I am thrilled to formally join the Pinnacle Bank leadership team and look forward to upholding our strong credit culture and continuing our solutions-oriented approach to lending via our relationship banking model which has been well received in the communities we serve and support,” Dennett said.