WE'RE ONLY AS GOOD AS THE MEMBERS ON OUR TEAM.
A wealth management provider is only as good as the staff members whom provide vital client support. On behalf of the entire Pinnacle Trust team, we are proud to employ the brightest financial minds to provide financial security and stability to our loyal clients.
David Russell, CFP | Sr. Vice President of Wealth Management
David Russell is Senior Vice President of Wealth Management with Pinnacle Trust, having been with the company since 2000. David graduated from Mississippi State University in 1982 with a degree in Banking and Finance. He soon took an interest in the emerging profession of financial planning and enrolled in the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. Shortly thereafter in 1987, he received his Certified Financial Planner designation.
Throughout his thirty plus year career, David has counseled over 300 families, businesses, and individuals on how to achieve their financial and life goals. He is a frequent speaker and is well regarded for his ability to communicate complex issues into understandable language.
In 2012, David authored his first book titled What You Need to Know: The Adult Child's Guide to Being a Financial Caregiver. The book is aimed at the growing numbers of people in the "sandwich generation" who are providing emotional, physical, or financial support to aging parents, while balancing the demands of their own career and family.
Randy Shell, Sr. Vice President and Trust Officer
Randy received his B.B.A. in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi in 1984 and has over 30 years of experience in trust, estate planning, insurance and investments. Randy is a graduate of the Southern Trust School in Birmingham, Alabama, CFP Professional Educational Program from the College of Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado, and ABA Graduate Trust School.
In 2010, Randy was invited to serve on the Trust Laws Study Group, a committee formed by Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Jr., to study trust reform.
Randy is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Association of Mississippi and Estate Planning Council of Mississippi. Prior to coming to Pinnacle Trust in 2002, Randy was a trust officer and registered representative with a regional financial institution.
Reid Davis, Wealth Strategist; Chairman, Investment Committee
Reid received his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi, graduating Magna Cum Laude. During his tenure at the University of Mississippi, Reid was a member of the Ole Miss golf team, served as Student Body President of the School of Business Administration and was selected as a Northrop Grumman Scholar for distinction in the area of Finance. Reid received his Master of Business Administration at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where he concentrated on Financial Markets.
Prior to joining Pinnacle Trust, Reid spent four years as a member of a regional advisory group focusing on bank mergers and acquisitions. Reid has also served as an Equity Research Associate for a regional brokerage firm covering the Specialty Finance Sector.
Reid has been a featured columnist for the Financial Managers Society (FMS) and Western Independent Bankers (WIB) CFO & Finance Digest. He also serves as Chairman of the Pinnacle Trust Investment Committee.
Cris Dockery, Financial Advisor and Corporate Retirement Plan Consultant
Cris M. Dockery serves as a Financial Advisor. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Mississippi State University. In 2010, Cris focuses on working with mid- to high net worth wealth management for private clients. He also specializes in retirement planning, including individual company qualified 401(k) corporate benefit plans, as well as Multiple Employer 401(k) Plans with Associations. Using his experience as a business owner for 18 years, Cris works with business owners in 401(k) strategy, design, administration, policy and selecting carriers that are the best fit for the company and its employees
Prior to his entry into the financial services industry, Cris was Vice President of a family-owned service business located in Jackson, Mississippi. He has over 18 years of experience in the full range of business owner duties as well as executive services. During his time as a business owner, one of his duties was administering the employee benefit programs, as well as working with carriers in selecting the best fit for not only the company, but also its employees.
Martin Palomo, IV, Wealth Strategist; Member, Investment Committee
Martin received his Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the Else School of Management at Millsaps College. He is also a graduate of the College of Financial Planning, where he earned the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®) designation. Prior to joining Pinnacle Trust, Martin was a hedge fund analyst in Washington, D.C., advising on approximately $2 billion for institutional clients. He has also served as the portfolio manager for a $12 billion portfolio at a state pension fund.
He is currently a candidate for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.
Martin serves on the Executive Board for the Brandon Futbol Club, where he coaches competitive and recreational youth soccer teams.
Gerry Mitchell, CFP®, Financial Advisor
Gerry Mitchell earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from The University of Alabama. He holds a Life, Health & Accident Insurance Combined license in Mississippi and Alabama.
Gerry has been helping families and businesses achieve their financial goals since 2004. he earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation in 2008. Prior to joining Pinnacle Trust, Gerry worked with two national brokerage firms.
Lance Heisler, Corporate Retirement Plan Consultant
Lance Heisler serves as a Retirement Plan Consultant. Lance works with business owners with retirement plan design, administration, policy, and selecting carriers who are the best fit for the company to help attract and retain employees. These may include company qualified 401(k) corporate benefit plans and Multiple Employer 401(k) plans affiliated with various associations. He also focuses on working with mid- to high net worth private clients in developing a retirement strategy.
Lance holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of South Alabama along with his insurance license. During his time at South Alabama, he was a member of the Jaguars baseball team. Prior to joining Pinnacle Trust, Lance was an Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer of a regional financial institution located in Mobile, Alabama. He has over eight years of experience in the retirement plan industry.
Hale Dees, Financial Advisor and Relationship Manager
Hale Dees serves as a Financial Advisor. Hale earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from The University of Southern Mississippi. He holds Series 7 and 66 securities registrations and is licensed in Mississippi and Alabama.
Hale has been helping families and businesses along the Mississippi Gulf Coast achieve their financial goals since 1997. Prior to joining Pinnacle Trust, Hale founded his own wealth management company and also served clients while working for other coastal financial institutions.
Alan McAfee, Financial Advisor
Alan McAfee is a 2001 graduate of Delta State University where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with emphasis in Risk Management. During his time there, Alan was a member of the golf team and was inducted into the Delta State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. He also holds a Life and Health Insurance license in Mississippi and Tennessee.
Prior to joining Pinnacle Trust, Alan served three years as aFinancial Advisor for Mid-South Financial Group in Memphis, TN as well as an Education Specialist for Aegis Retirement Group where he focused on 401(k) plan management and educational seminars for employees. Alan specializes in relationship management and workingwith individual clients and business owners to create custom financial strategies to fit client needs.