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Distinguished Entrepreneur

The Daily Post-Athenian
By: Dewey Morgan

How to earn success was the message given by a Tennessee Wesleyan University award winner last week.

During a luncheon Thursday afternoon at TWU, Hugh Queener was announced as the winner of the 4th Annual Goodfriend School of Business 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award.

“It is a great honor for me to be selected for this,” Queener said, noting that he is “humbled” to be included with the past winners.

“This is a big-time award, and I am very proud to give it to you today,” TWU Board of Trustees Chairman Allen Carter said as he presented the award to Queener.

Queener earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from TWU and has been the chief administrative officer of Pinnacle Financial Partners since it was formed in 2000 in Nashville.

“I don’t think there is a secret to success,” Queener said. “It’s pretty evident what works and what doesn’t. Success is something that is earned, not something given to you.”

Queener began his banking career in 1979 when he was an audit officer with Park National Bank. He has held executive positions at software providers Kirchman Corporation and Systeme Corporation and spent 13 years at First American National Bank/AmSouth in a variety of positions prior to his time at Pinnacle.

He said he believes one of the most important parts of finding success is to begin pursuing it.

“A lot of times we’ll dream, but we don’t realize those dreams because we don’t get started,” he said. “You need to have a plan developed on where you want to go.”

Queener also said that enjoying your line of work is critical to your ability to excel at it.