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Our Team

With combined decades of experience in helping advisors in the Atlanta area and beyond navigate insurance solutions, you can count on Mike Becher, Austin Knowles, and Dillon Crist to provide best in class support for both you and your clients
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Austin Knowles

Managing Partner of the Atlanta Regional Office

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Michael Becher, CFP®

Managing Partner of the Atlanta Regional Office

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Dillon Crist

Director - Insurance Solutions

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Austin Knowles

Managing Partner of The Pinnacle Group, Atlanta

Austin Knowles is a Managing Partner of The Pinnacle Group, Atlanta. Prior to joining Pinnacle, Austin was a partner and officer of a brokerage general agency for 5 years. He and Mike Becher have worked together for 18 years and have a combined experience of 36 years in the retail and wholesale financial services industry. Austin works with independent financial advisors, property and casualty agents, CPA’s and life insurance professionals in the high net worth marketplace. One of his key objectives is helping agents and agencies grow their production with minimal disruption to their core business. He specializes in point of sale meetings with financial advisors and their clients focusing on estate planning, business planning and advanced life insurance concepts.

Austin is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he was a member of the 2001 NCAA and 1999 SEC Championship golf teams. He enjoys spending time with his wife Lindsey, his daughters Ebba and Ansley, and their 3 dogs, as well as playing golf and cheering on the Gators!

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Mike Becher

Managing Partner of The Pinnacle Group, Atlanta

Mike Becher is a Managing Partner of The Pinnacle Group, Atlanta. Prior to joining Pinnacle, Mike was a partner and officer of a brokerage general agency for 5 years. Mike works with independent financial advisors, property and casualty agents, CPA’s and life insurance professionals in the high net worth marketplace. One of his key objectives is helping agents and agencies grow their production with minimal disruption to their core business. He specializes in point of sale meetings with financial advisors and their clients focusing on estate planning, business planning and advanced life insurance concepts.

Mike is a graduate of Clemson University where he specialized in financial management and entrepreneurial leadership prior to becoming one of the youngest CFPs in the country. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife Jami and their three children, Ellee, Sam and Dan. He enjoys coaching little league baseball and boating on Lake Lanier.

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Dillon Crist

Director - Insurance Sales

With over 6 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry, Dillon consults with select financial advisors and their high-net worth clients, specializing in advanced planning solutions such as supplemental retirement planning, wealth transfer, long-term care, and risk mitigation strategies. Prior to his current position, he spent four years working for an REIT focused on unlisted securities, 1031’s, private placements, and CDO’s in the IBD space.
Growing up in a family of financial advisors, Dillon understands the importance of working hands-on with the advisor and their clients as they navigate the difficult journey of creating, accumulating, and preserving their wealth. He excels in working through complex problems and turning them into manageable solutions that clients can easily understand and implement.

Dillon graduated from Florida State University in 2013 and holds his Series 7 and 66 Licenses, as well as Life/Health & Variable Insurance License. He currently lives in Tampa, FL with his wife and their newborn son. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, boating, golfing, and staying active.