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Management Team

Professional Experienced Bankers – Focused on Service, Strength, Stability

The members of Pinnacle Bank's management team bring years of financial, industry and entrepreneurial experience and all have deep roots in our community.


Jeffrey D. Payne, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Payne began his career with County Bank and Trust where he advanced to senior vice president during his ten year tenure. Through mergers, Jeff continued his career with Pacific Western Bank and then Comerica Bank. Prior to joining Pinnacle Bank, Jeff served as executive vice president, national manager, SBA at Comerica Bank.



Susan K. Black, Executive Vice Chairman

Ms. Black has over 30 years of extensive experience in the banking industry as the former president and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Bank, and previous founder and chief executive officer of two community banks in Palo Alto. She is a director and treasurer of the Hartnell College Education Foundation and is a director of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation. Ms. Black is a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum and a member of the International Women's Forum.



Bruce H. Kendall, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kendall has over 25 years of experience in financial management positions, including 15 years as the chief financial officer or senior level financial officer for commercial banks. Most recently, Mr. Kendall was a director, executive vice president, corporate secretary and chief financial officer for Legacy Bank in Campbell, California.



Robert C. Blatter, Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer

Mr. Blatter has over 25 years of community banking experience. Mr. Blatter spent 17 years with Community Bank of Central California, beginning as a loan officer before progressing to senior vice president/loan administrator and was instrumental in contributing to their growth.



Denise Brown, Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer

Ms. Brown has over 25 years experience in the banking industry and brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of client service and operations. Prior to joining Pinnacle Bank, Mrs. Brown held the position of senior vice president of the Service Management Group for Greater Bay Bank.



Jessica Chavez, Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Ms. Chavez has been in banking for over 25 years. Ms. Chavez began her career with University Bank and Trust Company where she rose to Operations Officer before joining Greater Bay Bank as Assistant Vice President/Regional Service Manager. Before joining Pinnacle Bank, Ms. Chavez was Vice President, Banking Office Support Group Manager with Greater Bay Bank.



Executive Vice Presidents

Harvey Blodgett, Senior Lending Officer

Cliff Dennett, Senior Lending Officer


Senior Vice Presidents

Evelyn Contreras, Loan Services Administrator

Brad Lebsack, Senior SBA Manager

Anthony Marandos, Senior Relationship Manager

Ken Meagor, Senior Relationship Manager

Kurt Michielssen, Senior Relationship Manager

Doug Moffat, Senior Relationship Manager

Tom Pesce, Senior Relationship Manager

John Tilley, Business Development Officer

Steve Wotherspoon, Real Estate Manager

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