Member Spotlight

Jeff Tucker

We are highlighting Jeff Tucker who currently serves on the Board of the TNMBA as the Vice President. Jeff is a current resident of Franklin, Tennessee and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and School of Mortgage Banking. Additionally, Jeff has earned his Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) – the highest professional designation of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. He is also a Past President and member of the Nashville Mortgage Bankers Association and a past recipient of the Williamson County Association of Realtors Affiliate of the Year. Currently, he is a senior vice president and lender at Pinnacle Financial Partners in Nashville.


Please take a moment to get to know Jeff Tucker a little more through the following interview.

On the weekends, where would we most likely find you?

Probably somewhere in Franklin doing things around the house, and if I’m lucky, playing a little golf.  If not in Franklin, then in Georgia visiting grandchildren.

How did you get into the Mortgage business?

A very fortunate turn of events landed me in banking.  After graduate school, no tenure-track teaching positions opened up, so I decided to try something new and different.  I was hired as an originator in a new office of an independent mortgage bank in Brentwood, and the rest is history.

Name three people (or one person, if that is easier) that you view as mentors?

Jeff Richard hired and trained me in my first position.  Tony Carasso and John Wilson both helped me learn a great deal about mortgage lending in a depository institution.  I learned about the importance of being involved in MBA and giving back to our industry from the example of Jim McCann.

What keeps you up at night?

The economy, stupid.  Or is it the stupid economy?  Although I am extremely fortunate to work in the Nashville market, I do worry about our national economy—and now about our national leadership at all levels.

What has the Mortgage Bankers Association meant to your career?

Attending MBA’s School of Mortgage Banking has had a tremendous impact on me.  By attending those courses, and then prepping for the CMB designation, I’ve been able to learn about our industry from primary to secondary markets, from production to servicing.  Another significant role MBA plays in my career is their advocacy effort on behalf of our industry among our legislators and regulators.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about yourself?

I love to play golf, despite the sad fact that I’m not especially good at it.