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RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory announced the following direct appointments today, effective immediately:

Banking Commission, Practical Bankers:

  • James T. Bolt Jr. (Mecklenburg County) – Bolt is the executive vice president of Bank of North Carolina in Charlotte. Bolt has more than 40 years of banking experience.
  • Lee H. Roberts (Wake County) – Roberts serves as the chief operating officer of VantageSouth Bank. Roberts also serves on the board of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Banking Commission, public members:

  • Don Fader (Lenoir County) – Fader is the owner of SMC Home Finance in Kinston. Fader served as vice president of mortgage lending at First South Bank.
  • John C. Hunter (Buncombe County) – Hunter is an attorney with Adams, Hendon, Carson, Crow & Saenger P.A. Hunter served as a former legal counsel to Gov. Jim Martin.
  • Brandon S. Neuman (Wake County) – Neuman is a partner at Shanahan Law Group, PLLC. His areas of practice include banking and corporate/business litigation, among others.
  • James Hyler Jr. (Wake County) – Hyler is a retired banking executive from First Citizens Bank. He serves on the board of trustees for the University of North Carolina Health Care System.
  • Dalip Awasthi (Wake County) – Awasthi currently serves on the Banking Commission. He is the former managing director at Lehman Brothers in Tokyo.
  • Pamela B. Smith (Nash County) – Smith is the chief financial officer for Century Finance Inc. Smith is also a certified public accountant. She will fill the seat designated for a Consumer Finance Licensee.

-Press release from the office of Gov. Pat McCrory, shared April 30.

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