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About Aquesta

Bank / Insurance Staff

Executive Officers

  • Jim Engel
    President & CEO/ Bank & Holding Co. Board

    Jim is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Holding Company and the Bank, and serves on the Board of Directors of both entities. He also serves on both the Executive Committee and the Asset Liability/Investment Committee at Aquesta.  Jim is an attorney and former partner with the “Big 4” public accounting firm KPMG with more than 21 years experience working with financial institutions. While at KPMG, he worked KPMG’s National Tax Office and was also National Partner-in-Charge of State and Local Taxation for Banking. He currently serves or has served on the Board of Directors for the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Norman Economic Development Committee and the Finance Committee and Board of Directors for The Peninsula Club. Mr. Engel is a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Mark Parish, a USTA Team Captain and is married with five children. Mr. Engel holds a Bachelor of Arts from Maryville College in Maryville, TN, a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School in Boston, MA and an LLM (Taxation) from Boston University Law School and is a CPA in the state of Massachusetts.


  • Trey Weir
    EVP - Chief Banking Officer

    Trey brings 18 years of banking experience to Aquesta. His work experience has included EVP, Head of Retail Banking at First Charter Bank. He was also an SVP Market Manager with Fifth Third Bank, leading the development and implementation of multiple retail regions as well as the Small Business Banker initiative. At Aquesta, Trey is responsible for overseeing the performance aspects of commercial and retail banking, mortgage lending, and marketing.

  • Tim Beck
    EVP - Chief Credit Officer

    Tim comes to Aquesta Bank with 22 years of commercial banking experience. Prior to Aquesta, Tim served as a bank consultant with another community bank helping to improve and re-position their loan portfolio. Tim’s experience includes working alongside the Department of Office of the Comptroller and Currency, Regional Lending Executive at a $4B correspondent bank, and various management positions within commercial lending at First Horizon, BB&T, SouthTrust and Bank of America. Tim has overall responsibility for the safety and soundness of the Bank’s commercial and consumer loan portfolio.

  • Kristin (Parsons) Couch
    EVP - Chief Financial Officer

    Prior to working with Aquesta, Kristin spent nine years as controller with a $600 million community bank. Her responsibilities included management of accounting, preparing and reviewing reports for the Board and Audit Committee, regulatory agencies, proxy statements, and the SEC. Kristin served as Chairperson of the Disclosure and Budget Committees, and is a member of the Asset Liability, and the Strategic Planning Committees.

  • Stephanie Cox
    EVP - Chief Operations & Compliance Officer

    Stephanie brings 25 years of banking experience to Aquesta. Stephanie has worked in almost all aspects of community banking with previous experience in branch management, banking analysis, operations and compliance. She is a “Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer” as designated through the Independent Community Bankers of America. Stephanie’s responsibilities included management of both deposit and loan operations, branch operations, technology and overall bank compliance.

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