Regions Bank Expands Music Row Sports And Entertainment Division


Pictured (L-R): Brad Peterson, Kari Barnhart, Anson Lewis

Regions Bank has expanded its Sports and Entertainment division, headquartered at its Music Row Office in Roundabout Plaza, with the additions of Brad Peterson, Anson Lewis, and Kari Barnhart.

Peterson joins Regions as Commercial Banking Relationship Manager. A 20-year veteran of Music and Entertainment Banking in banking, most recently with Fifth Third Bank, he brings expertise in publishing and royalty lending, along with various banking representation for songwriters, artists, business management firms, record labels, live events, media companies, and other businesses that contribute into the music industry. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Peterson is a member of the Nashville chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and has been involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Nashville Humane Association, and Nashville Film Festival. He is also a member of the Leadership Music class of 2016.

Lewis, an 18-year Nashville banking veteran, joins as Senior Credit Officer. In this role, Lewis will focus on serving the credit needs of Regions’ music industry clients nationwide as well as the bank’s commercial clients in the Middle Tennessee market. Prior to joining Regions, he served as Credit Officer for Fifth Third Bank’s Music Industry Division; Credit Advisory Services Manager for SunTrust’s Sports and Entertainment Group; Portfolio Manager in SunTrust’s Corporate and Investment Banking Group and a variety of positions with First American National Bank. A U.S. Army veteran, Lewis earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Auburn University and his Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.

Barnhart joins Regions as Entertainment Relationship Manager. Barnhart brings over 10 years of experience to this role, where she will focus on providing innovative and tailored services to meet the financial needs of individuals working in the music industry. Prior to joining Regions, Barnhart was a Director and Relationship Specialist with Fifth Third Bank’s Music & Entertainment Division and a branch manager with HSBC. A graduate of Union University, Barnhart serves on the board of SOLID, and is active with SOURCE, the Copyright Society of the South, the Troubadour Society, and Grammy Next. She also serves on the Arts Immersion Council, Muscular Dystrophy Association Fundraising Committee, MusiCares Ambassador, and Music Makes Us Marketing Committee.

“I could not be more thrilled with the team we’ve assembled,” said Lisa Harless, Senior Vice President of Regions Sports & Entertainment Division. “Brad, Anson, and Kari each have deep roots in the Nashville Music Industry, and bring with them a wealth of expertise that will be of immense benefit to Regions clients in the music industry.”


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