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ELBERTON, GEORGIA - Inspired by the thousands of men and women who put their lives on the line every day to support our country, Pinnacle Bank is hosting a drive at each of their thirteen branches from June 2 to August 1 to collect food, toiletries and other assorted goods for military personnel deployed overseas. It’s called “Salute the Troops” and it was started in 2007 in memory of Blake Harris, a soldier who died in the line of duty while in Iraq. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Blake’s first deployment to Iraq.

“The news of Blake’s death sent shockwaves throughout our community” reported Anne Harris, Bank Secrecy and Money Laundering Officer for Pinnacle, and Blake’s mother. “As the family member of a deployed soldier, you know in your head that at any time their life could be given for our country. Nonetheless, when you get that visit to your door by the Chaplain reporting that you lost a loved one, the pain can be unbearable.”

Mrs. Harris turned the pain of her son’s death into a positive event that has helped literally hundreds, if not thousands of troops in the seven years the bank has run the campaign. “Salute the Troops is our way to let our fighting men and women know that we have not forgotten them” added Jackson McConnell, President and CEO of Pinnacle Bank. “Part of the bank’s mission is to serve the community, and we see this as a natural extension of that mission.”

“Many people have asked me if we’re angry at the loss of our son” said Mrs. Harris. “Far from it. Blake volunteered for his country when he was just 18, spent ten years advancing at his job, and in his final actions helped saved the lives of his fellow troops. We are very, very proud of Blake. But this campaign is not just about memorializing those who gave their lives. It’s about honoring those men and women, who right here and now, are still alive and serving us.”

Donations can be made at any of Pinnacle Bank’s thirteen branch locations throughout northeast Georgia. Cash donations are also very much appreciated and help offset shipping costs. For branch locations or a full list of needed items visit www.pinnaclebank.com/troops. People who have friends or family deployed oversees that would appreciate receiving a care package should also contact the bank.

Beth Upton Hired as Mortgage Officer

Pinnacle Bank is excited to welcome Beth Upton to their Mortgage Team. Beth joins Pinnacle Bank as a new mortgage officer who will work with customers in the bank’s Clarke, Newton, Oglethorpe and Walton County markets.

Beth is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, where she majored in Business Administration and Finance. Beth has been in banking for over two decades, where she gained extensive experience and knowledge in mortgage leading. She brings a depth of firsthand knowledge in business and retail banking bringing exceptional customer service to our customers.

“We are pleased to have a professional of Beth’s level join our Mortgage Division and look forward to bringing the Pinnacle mortgage experience to residents of these communities,” said President and CEO Jackson McConnell.

She has been active in a wide variety of community organizations including 4-H, Junior League, Habitat for Humanity, and Kiwanis Club.

Jim Shaw joins Pinnacle as Business Banker

Pinnacle Bank, a locally owned community bank that serves customers across northeast Georgia, welcomes Jim Shaw to our team as a business banker.

Drawing on over 30 years of experience in market, Shaw will be based in the Commerce Office as a resource for customers and business professionals throughout Jackson County. In his new role, Shaw will oversee the unique needs of the area business community while upholding a commitment to exceptional, personal service.

Shaw is a graduate of Georgia State University, in Atlanta, GA, where he earned a degree in Management. He is also an alumnus of the Graduate School of Banking of the South.

Shaw is an active member of the community, serving as Treasurer and past Chair of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Secretary/Treasurer of the Jackson County Industrial Development Authority and past Chair of the Jackson County Boys and Girls Club.

Empower your business with Pinnacle Checking

Pinnacle Bank knows that not all businesses are created equal. This is why we offer several options when it comes to business checking that allow you to have a more personalized account, tailored to your business’s specific needs.

Our Totally Free Business Checking is the perfect account for businesses with a limited number of transactions and includes up to 500 FREE transactions per month, no minimum balance, and no monthly service charge! You also receive unlimited ATM usage and no fees from Pinnacle or foreign ATM withdrawals and the account requires a small minimum of just $50 to open.

Our Business Interest Checking is ideal for not-for-profit organizations and qualifying sole proprietorships. This account earns competitive interest with no monthly service charges or minimum balance, making managing your account simple, efficient and profitable! This account requires only a $50 minimum to open!

Our Commercial Checking is a non-interest-bearing account designed specifically for companies that maintain high balances and frequent account activity. Managing your Commercial Checking account is made simple by allowing excess funds to be used to offset fees, while the earnings credit allowance on deposit balances can offset activity fees. This account charges based on activity, rather than a flat monthly fee and also allows your business to avoid monthly service charges with higher deposit balances.

PLUS all of these accounts of the following basic features:
• FREE ATM/MasterMoney™ Check Card
• FREE online banking and bill pay
• FREE return of check images for easy record keeping
• FREE easy-to-balance monthly statement - via USPS or email
• FREE thank you gift
• FREE telephone banking with PHON-Xpress

Pinnacle Bank Renovates Monroe Office

Pinnacle Bank, a locally owned community bank serving northeast Georgia, announced renovation plans on their Monroe Office beginning later in May. Under the proposed plans, approximately $850,000 will be invested into the downtown facility in order to expand customer service offerings that enhance the Pinnacle banking experience.

The renovations will:
• add more efficient cash automation services that increase customer interactions,
• double the capacity for drive-in transactions,
• incorporate a secure two-way video system for more personal drive-in processing,
• develop a night depository with a canopied drive-up ATM,
• and renovate the interior of the bank to provide an open concept floor plan.

“We are excited to extend added conveniences to our customers while building fresh new face for banking in the Monroe community,” stated Gail Sisk, branch manager of the Monroe office.

Additional renovations to the Monroe branch will include an enlarged desk for writing checks, a waiting area complete with a coffee bar and flat screen television, and improved access for customer and staff interactions.

Jackson McConnell, President and CEO of Pinnacle Bank, added “We are excited to make this investment in downtown Monroe and are proud to deepen our commitment to serve the local community.”
The Monroe Branch will continue to serve customers in an on-site mobile unit throughout renovations, with construction expected to conclude by the end of the summer.

Renovation plans were designed by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture of Greenville, SC. Construction will be managed by W. H. Bass, Inc., Duluth, GA.