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Board Of Directors
We are chasing the vision God has set in our hearts.

Our board members hold every quality you’d expect to see: They are experienced, committed, and invested. It is their deep-rooted faith and their belief in our mission that makes them uniquely qualified to build and preserve our legacy here at The Signatry. Most importantly, they’re always available, and they’re always praying — for us, for you, and for the causes we all support.

  • Gary Nagel

    Chairman

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    Gary Nagel

    Chairman

    Gary is the founder of Wealth Management Group of Kansas City. He has served on the investment committee of Wycliffe Bible Translators and RIA Charitable Investment, and has been a U.S. board member of SAT 7, a founder of Crossfirst Bank, and an advocate for Generous Church. He is married to Judy.
  • Mark Bainbridge

    Vice Chairman

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    Mark Bainbridge

    Vice Chairman

    Mark Bainbridge retired as the general manager of Bancourier. He has served as a board member of Shepherds Ministry and College, an advisor to Christian University of the Americas, and executive director of the Children's Scholarship Fund. He and his wife Holly care for their two disabled adult children.
  • Mark Hammett

    Treasurer

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    Mark Hammett

    Treasurer

    Mark Hammett is First Vice President of Fixed Income Sales at Commerce Bank. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mark also serves on the board of Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Center and The Children’s SPOT of St. Luke’s Hospital. He and his wife Kristin attend Abundant Life Church.
  • Emmitt Mitchell

    Board Member

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    Emmitt Mitchell

    Board Member

    Emmitt Mitchell is president of The Moody Center. As a businessman with experience in the banking, real estate and automobile industry, he also served as chairman of Urban Youth Leader, senior pastor of Victory Temple Christian Life Center, and board member of Bott Radio Network. Emmitt is married to Karen.
  • Keith Phillips

    Board Member

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    Keith Phillips

    Board Member

    Keith Phillips is Managing Director and financial advisor for Wiley Bros. – Aintree Capital. He serves as the Middle Tennessee Advisory Board Chair for The Signatry. Keith is actively involved in Business as Mission which aims to both create and curate business. He and his wife Nancy attend Covenant Presbyterian Church.
  • Ken Polk

    Board Member

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    Ken Polk

    Board Member

    Kenneth H. Polk, CPA, CFP® founded Arlington in 1998 and is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Ken sets the strategic direction for the firm and leads the investment team. He also leads the firm in assisting families align around a common purpose and shared family legacy. Prior to founding Arlington, Ken was a tax consultant with Deloitte where he worked with families and their closely held businesses. Ken graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in accounting. Ken is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO). He serves on the Board for two non-profit organizations focused on leadership development. Ken is married and has four children.
  • Jim Wright

    Board Member

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    Jim Wright

    Board Member

    Jim Wright is the retired CEO and executive chairman of Tractor Supply Company. He has served on several industry, public, and privately held boards and continues to serve as a trustee at Belmont University. Jim and his wife Susan are passionate about building a family legacy of faith and stewardship.
  • Steve French

    Board Member

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    Steve French

    Board Member

    Stephen (Steve) French is President and CEO of The Signatry. His primary role is strategic management and leadership of the office. He also devotes his time meeting with advisors, attorneys, individuals, and business owners to develop strategies and solutions to minimize tax liability, while maximizing charitable giving. This is executed with specific emphasis in the area of non-liquid assets such as: stock, real estate, mutual funds, and portions of closely held businesses.

    Prior to joining The Signatry, Steve was the founder and CEO of Quovant, a Legal Spend Management company working with law firms in over 13 countries.

    Steve is married to his wife Debbie and they have two daughters – Marnie and Rachel, who have blessed them with four grandsons.

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