Who We Are

Aquesta Bank was started by Jim Engel and his Board of Directors in 2006 as response to a need for a local financial institution that would cater to business people who wanted an alternative to the big banks that permeated the Charlotte region.  Engel, who previously spent 21 years as a consultant to large, medium and small banks across the country, recognized the things that big banks did well…..and not so well.  Disturbed that most banks lost their community focus as they grew as well as their tendancy to promote people away from their customers, Engel saw a need and acted on it.  The result… Aquesta Bank.  With fast, local decision-making as well as continuity of relationships, Aquesta provides the personal service that clients crave.  Aquesta has grown from its humble roots as a one branch entity located in the Lake Norman region of North Carolina, to an institution that has 8 branches extending to Charlotte and Wilmington, as well as loan production offices, in Raleigh and Charleston and Greenville, SC.    Despite the growth, Aquesta has stayed true to its mission, not only maintaining close personal relationships with its clients, but also as a community partner in local charities and events. 

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