Ms. Punessen serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Franklin Synergy Bank. She began her career in aerospace, serving as B-1B and Airbus A320 and A330 Contract and Program Manager at Avco Aerostructures (currently Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division). Volunteer service at the YWCA led to a second career in non-profit public relations including service at The YWCA, The Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley as Williamson County Development Director, United Way of Williamson County, and Education First Foundation, Williamson County's public education foundation as Executive Director.
In 2006, Ms. Punessen joined Civitas Bank Group (Cumberland Bank) as Assistant Vice President and Manager of Public and Investor Relations. Upon the sale of Civitas Bank Group to GreenBank, Ms. Punessen founded Franklin Synergy Bank in 2007 with a team of veteran local bankers.
Ms. Punessen is a native of New York City and a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Business Administration. She serves of the Board of Trustees of the Williamson County Library Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Williamson Medical Center Foundation. In addition, Ms. Punessen serves on the Campaign Committee for Williamson Medical Center's Close to Home Campaign.