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.
Chairman, Holding Co. Board & Bank Board Member
Craig Larsen, CEO of Revita Age Management Center, has over 20 years or entrepreneurial experience. Since stepping in as CEO, through his entrepreneurial spirit, strategic vision and creative thinking, Craig has continued Revita’s growth as a thriving, nationally acclaimed health clinic.
Before joining Revita, Craig achieved great success launching, owning, and operating multiple businesses, ranging from his education-based company LearningStation, to the technology initiative CNP. He had a very successful foray into the banking industry, founding Aquesta Bank, and engineered a business venture in manufacturing, serving as the president of Industrial Timber.
Craig chairs the Audit/IT Committee for Aquesta, and also serves on the Compensation/Governance and Asset Liability/Investment Committees.
Charles Knox, Jr.
Chairman, Bank Board and Holding Co. Board Member
In addition to his duties as Chairman for Aquesta’s Board of Directors and as a Holding Company Board member, Charles is a commercial real estate broker and developer with The Knox Group. A Charlotte native, Charles is a past chairman of the Regional Roads Committee, an organization that includes 13 counties of Chambers of Commerce. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, and a former Chairman and current member of the Charlotte Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization. Charles is also a member of the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors.
Charles is the Chairman of Aquesta’s Executive Committee, and serves on the Loan Committee.
Holding Company Board
Jim has served as President of AC Controls Company Incorporated for more than 18 years. Jim is a Charlotte native and resides in Cornelius.
Bank & Holding Company Board
Paul brings more than 35 years of banking experience with him to the Aquesta board, including past positions as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer.
Paul serves as the Chairman of the Loan Committee on the Asset Liability/Investment Committee, Executive Committee & the Loan Committee.
A Philadelphia native, Jon and his family reside in Concord, North Carolina. Jon is a proprietor of the successful Dressler’s Restaurant located in Huntersville, NC and Dressler’s Restaurant in the Metropolitan in Charlotte, NC. Jon also serves as Secretary for Aquesta’s Board.
Jon is the Chairman of the Asset Liability/Investment Committee and also serves on the Audit Committee and Executive Committee.
David, a North Mecklenburg native, is President and General Manager of JD Goodrum Company Incorporated. For more than 25 years, he has operated a successful general contracting business serving the greater Charlotte area. David lives in Cornelius.
David serves on the Loan Committee & Compensation/Governance Committee.
Holding Company Board
Ginger is principal of Ginger Griffin Marketing and Design in Cornelius. She is the past Chairman of Aquesta’s Board of Directors, and served on the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, and, Davidson Day School’s Board of Directors. Ginger is a native and lifelong resident of Lake Norman.
Ginger serves as Chairman of Aquesta’s Executive Committee, and also serves on the Compensation/Governance & Community Outreach Committees.
Holding Company Board
Alison has over thirty-five years experience in the financial services industry. She has worked as an investment and international banker in both London and the United States. She achieved her Chartered Financial Analyst CFA accreditation in 1988 and is certified in Entity and Intangible Valuation. She has also served on several bank holding company boards – including most recently ASB Bancorp (Parent to Ashville Savings Bank) and Yadkin Financial Corp (Parent to Yadkin Bank). There she served on Audit, Asset and Liability, and Strategic Planning Committees.
Alison has provided independent merger and acquisition analysis and post-merger valuation through her company, Smith Capital, Inc. since 1995. Prior to that she was an investment banker at Interstate/Johnson Lane specializing in financial institutions, and a banker at Nationsbank.
Alison serves on the Nominating and Audit Committees.
Carol has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. She is currently a Managing Director within Dell Technologies and is a passionate leader in the transformation of IT Service Delivery. She has led global organizational transformation efforts at multiple Fortune 500 companies, enabling sustainable organizational change.
Carol lives in the Lake Norman area with her husband and children. She volunteers at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, World Vision and Women of Vision.
Paul Jaszewski is originally from Wisconsin. He attended University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate and Medical School. He completed Residency in Anesthesiology with subspecialization in Cardiac Anesthesia and Pain Management at Northwestern University, Chicago in 1989.
Jaszewski joined Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants at Carolinas Medical Center in 1989. For several years was an executive committee member for the group. He currently resides in Cornelius.
Paul serves on Aquesta’s Asset Liability/Investment Committee, the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee.
David Pickens is a resident of Cornelius and the CEO and majority owner of PSI Control Solutions, Inc. David has owned PSI Control Solutions since 1976 and moved the company’s headquarters from Kentucky to North Carolina in December 2000. PSI manufactures electrical control panels, plant air total system integration, and services the needs for compressed air systems. Pickens supports the Peninsula Community Foundation, various cancer research charities and Barium Springs Home for Children.
David serves on Aquesta’s Loan Committee.
Featuring more than 28 years of residential realty experience, Nelda is a realestate broker and owner/partner of Waterstone Realty in Mooresville. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Charlotte Regional Realtors Association. Nelda previously served as a member of the Sales and Marketing Council for the Home Builders Association of Charlotte.
Nelda serves on the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Community Outreach Committee.