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STRATA-G, Pinnacle join forces to aid Knox area families in need

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L-R – Jeff Coalson, Financial Advisor at Pinnacle Financial Partners; Tiffany Davidson and Cheryl Ball, Great Schools Partnership; Mike DiStefano, Knoxville President at Pinnacle Financial Partners; image submitted

KNOXVILLE – Pinnacle Financial Partners and Strata-G made a joint donation totaling $50,000 to support two important Knoxville institutions. The companies presented checks to Knox Area Rescue Ministries and Westview Community School, part of the Great Schools Partnership. Both work with local families in need and those experiencing homelessness. The donations will go directly to the most pressing needs of families and children in the Knoxville area.

Strata-G recently was honored with the Dream Big Small Business of the Year award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The award came with a $25,000 prize, which Strata-G promised to donate to these two organizations. When Pinnacle leaders in Knoxville heard about this generous commitment, they decided to match the gift with another $25,000 to the same organizations.

“We wanted to use this award specifically to help children and families in Knoxville who are challenged by homelessness and poverty,” said Dan Hurst, Strata-G president and founder. “Knox Area Rescue Ministries and Westview Community School both do wonderful work here, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support it.”

“We’re so glad to join Strata-G in supporting two organizations that help people in Knoxville with their quality of life and education,” said Pinnacle’s Knoxville president, Mike DiStefano. “Investing in our community is part of our DNA at Pinnacle because when you can improve people’s lives, everyone benefits.”

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L-R - Jeff Coalson, Financial Advisor at Pinnacle Financial Partners; Burt Rosen, Knox Area Rescue Ministries; Mike DiStefano, Knoxville President at Pinnacle Financial Partners; image submitted

Founded in 2002, Strata-G employs about 240 engineers, project managers, environmental scientists and safety professionals working on environmental, nuclear and utility projects nationwide.

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. Pinnacle earned a spot on FORTUNE’s 2019 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S., its third consecutive appearance. American Banker recognized Pinnacle as one of America’s Best Banks to Work For seven years in a row.

Pinnacle expanded to East Tennessee in 2007 by hiring a team of local financial services professionals to start an office in Knoxville. Pinnacle now operates five offices in Knox County, one in Oak Ridge and one in Maryville. The firm is the fourth-largest bank in the Knoxville MSA in terms of deposits.

The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $27.5 billion in assets as of Sept. 30, 2019. 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

Published January 10, 2020

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