CapStar Announces Significant Investment in Chattanooga

CapStar Financial Holdings, Inc.

The full-service location of the historic 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 Chattanooga bank recently developed by Bank group. Members of the new lift out team will join CapStar’s Chattanooga Market President Brian Paris and four veteran commercial relationship managers to form one of the strongest banking teams in the region. CapStar’s full-service office located on the first floor of the historic James Building at 735 Broad Street is expected to open in early August.

“We are excited to welcome the addition of these well-known market leaders,” said Chattanooga Market President Brian Paris. “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 being welcomed in the market. In just eight months, we have almost $200 million in assets that allowed us to break even six months in advance. Chattanooga is routinely cited as a strong, up-and-coming city that has recently been recognized as the most popular city in Tennessee where people are moving. Our investment in top talent, in addition to our future brand positioning, will position us to take advantage of 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 experiences include branch manager roles at AmSouth, SunTrust and Synovus followed by business and commercial banking positions 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 Head of Development for SimplyBank. Previously, he served as Business Relationship Manager for BB&T, Synovus and Truist. While at BB&T, Rex was recognized five times as a Sterling Performer of the Year Winner. He is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga and Wake Forest University’s graduate school of banking. Rex is a board member for Junior Achievement and 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 serving as President of Chattanooga for Southern Heritage Bank. Previously, he served as a Business 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 Board 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 financial services experience in Chattanooga, 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 privately held small and medium-sized businesses, professionals and individuals. Focused on providing superior flexibility, responsiveness and customer service, CapStar serves clients 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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