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Shannon Sutton receives American Banker honor

Posted on May 8, 2021

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ROCKY MOUNT — Shannon Sutton, managing director of human resources for First Carolina Bank, has been named to American Banker’s list of 15 women under 40 distinguishing themselves as emerging industry leaders.

The trade magazine included Sutton in its third annual “Most Powerful Women in Banking: Next” list, an extension of its premier recognition for female executives, the “Most Powerful Women in Banking” distinction.

“Shannon Sutton is an inspiration to us all. She strives every day to make the bank and the world a better place. We are lucky to have her as a part of our team,” said Kristen Brabble, chief operating officer of First Carolina Bank.

The bank credits Sutton with building a culture of encouragement, designing a wellness program and leading the human resources department during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Shannon has built a ‘best in class’ human resources platform for our company that helped make us a destination employer.  She has the complete confidence and trust of all First Carolina team members,” said Ron Day, First Carolina’s president and CEO.

Next program applicants must have an endorsement from a senior executive at their financial institutions and demonstrate a level of leadership and skill worthy of the C-suite to be considered for the list. Additional requirements for consideration are:

• A nomination by one of their mentors or direct managers.

• A minimum of one year with their current institution.

• A high-level participation in a major initiative for their institution during the previous 18 months.

• A demonstration of leadership qualities beyond that particular project.

“All of the women on the list this year have been crisis-tested by a pandemic and social upheaval, and all have risen to the challenge,” said Bonnie McGeer, executive editor of American Banker and chair of the Most Powerful Women program. “This next generation of women may be younger than those in our Most Powerful Women rankings, but I was blown away by how accomplished they are. Their stories will inspire others across the industry.”

The complete list can be viewed at

First Carolina Bank is a North Carolina state-chartered bank headquartered in Rocky Mount with $1.2 billion in total assets as of April 30. FCB has full-service banking offices in Rocky Mount, Raleigh, Reidsville, Cary and Wilmington, in addition to a full-service location in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

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