CapStar Announces Major Investment in Chattanooga

CapStar Financial Holdings, Inc.

The historic, full-service James Building will open in early August

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CapStar Bank, a subsidiary of CapStar Financial Holdings (NASDAQ: CSTR ), today announced the addition of four experienced local bankers, doubling the size of the bank group’s newly developed Chattanooga banking operation. Members of the new elevation team will join CapStar Chattanooga Market President Brian Paris and four veteran commercial relationship managers to form one of the region’s strongest banking teams. CapStar’s full-service office, located on the ground floor of the historic James Building at 735 Broad Street, is expected to open in early August.

“We are thrilled to welcome the addition of these well-recognized market leaders,” said Chattanooga Market President Brian Parris. “CapStar’s focus on hiring the best talent and emphasis on flexibility, responsiveness and customer service creates a great work environment and is a competitive advantage that is well received in the marketplace. In just eight months, our assets are close to $200 million, which has allowed us to break even on six months’ advance provisions. Chattanooga is routinely cited as a strong, up-and-coming city that was recently recognized as the most popular city in Tennessee for people to move to. Our investment in top talent, in addition to the upcoming location of our brand, will enable us to capitalize on a tremendous opportunity.”

Kitty Griffith, Commercial Relationship Manager ([email protected])

Kitty has 27 years of banking experience in Chattanooga, most recently serving as a Relationship Manager at SimplyBank. Her experience includes branch manager roles at AmSouth, SunTrust and Synovus, followed by positions in business and commercial banking for Atlantic Capital and BancorpSouth. Kitty is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga. She is a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga and the Hospice of Chattanooga Foundation.

Rex Rutledge, Commercial Relationship Manager ([email protected])

Rex has 25 years of banking experience in Chattanooga, most recently serving as Director of Development for SimplyBank. He previously served as commercial relationship manager for BB&T, Synovus and Truist. While at BB&T, Rex was recognized five times as an annual Sterling Performer winner. He is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga and Wake Forest University School of Banking. Rex is a board member of Junior Achievement and a former board member of Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga.

Craig Miller, Commercial Relationship Manager ([email protected])

Craig has 17 years of banking experience in Chattanooga, most recently as President of Chattanooga for Southern Heritage Bank. He previously served as a commercial relationship manager for Bank of America, First Volunteer and Synovus. Craig is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga. He is a board member of Volunteers in Medicine, the Tennessee State Council of Small Business Development Centers, the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association and the Rotary Club of Hamilton Place.

Mikey White, Commercial Relationship Manager ([email protected])

Mikey has five years of experience in Chattanooga financial services, most recently serving as a junior partner at Lawson Winchester Wealth Management. He is a recent graduate of Lipscomb University where he played on the men’s golf team.

About CapStar

CapStar Bank, with $3.2 billion in assets, provides a relationship-based and highly personal banking experience to small to medium sized private businesses, professionals and individuals. Focused on providing superior flexibility, responsiveness and customer service, CapStar serves customers through highly skilled employees, digital channels, and 23 financial centers in 13 Tennessee counties.

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For more information contact:
Nicole Gibbs, (423) 457-4579
[email protected]

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