WILMINGTON, N.C., April 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Select Bank & Trust (NASDAQ:SLCT) named W. Keith Betts Regional Executive for the bank’s New Hanover and Brunswick county markets, announced Gary J. Brock, executive vice president and chief banking officer.
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Betts will oversee business development for one of Select’s newest markets and work to grow the bank’s market share in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. Betts has 35 years of banking experience, 32 of which he has served in Wilmington. His office will be located in Leland at the branch located on New Pointe Boulevard.
“With Keith’s extensive experience in the Wilmington market, his years as a bank CEO, as well as more than three decades of service in the area, he is a great fit for Select Bank as we work to enter and expand in the Wilmington area,” Brock said. “We are pleased to have him join the team and know he’ll be an asset to our bank and customers and will play an integral role in our continued growth.”
Betts most recently served as President and CEO of a bank in Jacksonville, N.C. Prior to that, he spent more than 30 years in corporate and retail banking, including founding Port City Capital Bank in Wilmington in 2001. He served that bank as President and CEO until the bank sold in 2006. During his tenure as President, the bank was ranked among the state’s top five banks in the North Carolina Bank Performance Report.
Betts earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from St. Andrew Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C.
“I am excited about returning to Wilmington,” Betts said. “This area is home. I look forward to reconnecting with the community and building even more relationships throughout the region. I have spent my career helping businesses solve problems, overcome obstacles and succeed and I am excited to be a part of the Select team.”
The Leland branch opened in December 2015 and held a Grand Opening celebration in March. The branch was purchased from Yadkin and the leadership team includes Branch Manager Susan Cruse, who has 26 years in banking and City Executive Nicholas Dyer, who has been in banking 14 years.
About Select Bank & Trust
Select Bank & Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Select Bancorp (NASDAQ:SLCT), is headquartered in Dunn with 14 offices in Burlington, Clinton, Dunn, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Greenville, Leland, Lillington, Lumberton, Morehead City, Raleigh and Washington, NC. Select Bank & Trust serves these, and nearby communities focusing on local businesses and consumers as a dedicated community bank. The mission of Select Bank & Trust is to be the bank of choice in the communities we serve, by providing exceptional customer service, superior products and experienced bankers using a “common sense” approach to banking. When customers choose to bank with Select Bank, they receive quality financial products at a fair and competitive price, along with unparalleled friendly, courteous, and responsive service.
Source:Select Bancorp Inc.