Middle Tennessee Team
William C. Menkel – President – Nashville Market
Executive Vice President – Triumph Bank
A tenured banker, Bill Menkel arrived at Triumph with over 35 years experience in the banking arena. He began his career at Commerce Union, where he would first meet Will Chase, the current President and CEO of Triumph. At the age of 34, Bill was titled the Nashville President for NBC, where he would lead the market for several years before moving to the headquarters and taking over as CEO for the company. After serving NBC for 20 years, Bill was transitioned to Magna Bank as CEO overseeing both the Memphis and Nashville markets until 2008, when he began consulting with a private firm. Recruited back into a bank leadership role, Bill launched the Nashville market for Metropolitan Bank, in 2012. In 2018, Bill rejoined forces with Will Chase to launch the Middle Tennessee market for Triumph, serving the bank as their Middle Tennessee Market President.
Ellen May – Senior Vice President
Sports and Entertainment Banking
Ellen brings more than thirty years of banking and financial services experience to Triumph. Her line of expertise lies within providing private banking and mortgage lending to her Sports and Entertainment Banking clients nationwide. Ellen caters to these unique clients by providing them the highest level of specialized banking and financial guidance.
Kat McElroy – Senior Vice President – Commercial Banking
With over 16 years of banking experience in the Middle Tennessee area, Kat serves as Triumph Bank’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking. Tenured in Commercial Lending, Kat specializes in construction financing and works directly with local builders.
A Franklin native, Kat attended Battle Ground Academy and later went on to graduate with her B.B.A. from the University of Alabama. After a decade in the banking industry, Kat pursued an additional degree from LSU, and in 2016, she completed their Graduate School of Banking. Kat joined Triumph in 2018 tasked with growing Triumph’s products and presence within the Nashville construction space.
Rachael Meurrier – Senior Vice President
Medical and Professional Banking
Rachael began her banking career in 2005, joining a privately-held retail and commercial bank. Upon the bank’s acquisition of a Private Client team in 2006, Rachael transitioned from traditional branch operations into a Private Client role that would allow her to focus on credit, deposit account and loan structure, and concierge client service.
Over the past decade, Rachael has worked exclusively with medical and professional individuals, assisting them with home mortgages, personal loans, business acquisitions, deposit account needs, and a wide spectrum of other banking products.
Rachael has a B.B.A. in Managerial Finance from University of Mississippi. She is married to Nick and they have one daughter. The Meurriers have travelled to over 15 National Parks, and love to play frisbee golf. Rachael serves as Triumph’s primary sponsorship liaison for the Middle Tennessee Association of Financial Planners, and she’s an active member of Williamson County Chamber of Commerce. Rachael also coordinates Triumph’s Nashville area community partner relationships, including The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Youth Villages.
Kent Stone – Middle Tennessee Mortgage Manager
After attending the University of Mississippi and gaining 15 years of experience in customer service, Kent launched his mortgage banking career in 2006. In his role as Triumph’s Middle Tennessee Mortgage Manager, Kent offers experienced insight on refinance and purchase-money solutions. With his 12 years’ tenure in the mortgage arena, Kent is an expert on financing primary residences, secondary homes, and investment properties. Paired with Triumph’s comprehensive suite of mortgage solutions, Kent is able to offer a variety of products including conventional conforming, jumbo, FHA, VA, and USDA mortgage loans.
Sam Roberts – Vice President – Commercial Underwriting
Sam Roberts is a Vice President of Triumph Bank. He brings 11 years of real estate and commercial banking experience in the Nashville market with a focus in credit underwriting and portfolio management. As a commercial lender, he works with real estate and commercial clients to find the right banking solutions to fulfill each client’s needs.
Sam graduated with a B.B.A. in Banking and Finance from Mississippi State University. Sam lives in the Nolensville community with his wife and two children. In his free time, Sam coaches with the South Nashville Little League and enjoys playing golf.
Ted C. Witkus – Wholesale & Correspondent Sales Manager
Mortgage Loan Originator
Hannah McGraw – Banking Officer
Medical and Professional Banking
Beginning her banking career in 2015, Hannah immediately launched into a private client position with a Nashville bank. As the market’s primary consumer credit analyst, Hannah spent several years partnering with clients and lenders to facilitate a variety of personal and small business loan requests. Managing the underwriting process, along with branch operations, loan processing, and origination, Hannah’s comprehensive background allowed her the bandwidth to help launch Triumph’s Medical and Professional division in Middle Tennessee.
Hannah now serves as an Associate Vice President of Medical and Professional Banking and assists individuals with their mortgage, loan, and deposit needs.
Hannah graduated from Mississippi State University in May 2013 with a BBA in Business Management and a second in Marketing. She is an active member in the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce and a member of Cross Point Church in Nashville.
Mary Blair McCreary – Banking Center Coordinator
Mary Blair launched her banking career in 2015 as a client service advisor for a local Nashville bank. In this collaborative position, Mary Blair became the local liaison for personal and business banking operations, helping navigate client’s needs, bank products, and branch operations. With this vast knowledge, Mary Blair joined Triumph’s Middle Tennessee team as a Private Banking Associate in February of 2018 where she now coordinates the market’s branch operations.
Mary Blair graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2012 with a B.B.A. in Marketing. She is an active member of Junior League of Nashville and enjoys supporting local community initiatives.
Warren Carter – Commercial Credit Analyst
Ben Clayton – Relationship Banker
Ben joined Triumph’s Middle Tennessee team in September 2018 as a Relationship Banker. He is from Paducah, Kentucky, where he gained experience in retail banking. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Ben earned his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Agriculture with a minor in Finance. His hobbies include sports, hunting, fishing, and spending time at his family farm in Ballard County, Kentucky.