Music Industry executive Andrew Kintz has joined First Tennessee Bank to establish its first dedicated music industry banking group.
Kintz will report directly to Carol Yochem, President of First Tennessee’s Middle Tennessee region, and will be located at the bank’s Music Row offices. In his new role, Kintz will spearhead a new strategy focused on music industry businesses and individuals, including publishers, management firms, agencies, labels, producers, artists, songwriters, attorneys and other music industry centers of influence – both locally and nationally.
“Andrew’s decision to join First Tennessee ushers in a new era for our bank, expanding our expertise and reach into Nashville’s music community,” Yochem said. “With the music industry contributing nearly $10 billion to Nashville’s economy annually, this new strategy gives us an opportunity to gain significant exposure to and assist in the growth of an industry that is vital to Middle Tennessee’s economy.”
Kintz brings with him nearly two decades of experience in commercial banking and wealth management, and comes to First Tennessee after working at SunTrust Bank, where he led the music division in its sports and entertainment specialty group since 2009 – taking the reins from Brian Williams, who founded the group and died in an accident in 2006.
During his tenure with the group, Kintz doubled the group’s gross revenue and was a leading managing director in SunTrust for revenue growth, new clients, loan and deposit growth. Prior to his work in the music division, Kintz advised high net worth individuals and companies in both the private wealth management and commercial banking divisions of the bank.
“I am honored to have been chosen by Tennessee’s largest bank to head up services to the most famous industry in Tennessee, which is the birthplace of Rock & Roll, Country, Bluegrass and Christian/Gospel music.” Kintz said. “With its deep resources and broad line of products, First Tennessee is perfectly suited to be the banker to Music Row. I look forward to showing my friends in the music industry what a homegrown bank can do.”
Kintz is deeply involved in community and professional organizations, serving on the Boards of Nashville Public Radio, Columbia Theological Seminary, and The Atlanta Resource Foundation. He has also served on the Boards of WO Smith and Leadership Music, where he remains involved in committee work. In addition, Kintz also supports the local alumni chapters of W&L and UGA’s Terry college. He is a member of the CMA, NSAI (where he was recently honored with the Stephen Foster Institutional Award for supporting the efforts of NSAI and the songwriter community), NARAS, the Country Music Hall of Fame Honor Society, and AIMP. And this year, Kintz was named one of Nashville’s “40 Under 40” by the Nashville Business Journal.
He holds a BA from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from the University of Georgia, where he graduated first in his class.
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