Executive Officers

Jim Engel

President & CEO/ Holding Co. and Bank 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, IT 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.

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.

Rick Eveson

EVP - Chief Operations & Compliance Officer

A graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo, Rick brings over 25 years of retail credit, risk management and sales experience within financial institutions of all asset classes. He previously headed up Aquesta as an SVP, Retail Lending Executive, managing the entire consumer lending function at the bank. Rick is responsible for oversight of all regulatory compliance risks.

Aquesta Bank Relationship Team

Lake Norman

Julie Brown Haugen

SVP Regional Branch Manager

[email protected]
NMLS# 805400

Jeanne Jordan

EVP Head of Consumer Banking & Treasury

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Carol Palillo

VP Branch Manager

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Laura Rizzetta

AVP Branch Manager

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NMLS# 730205

Pat Squires

VP Branch Manager

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NMLS# 805403

Leigh Wolff

Branch Manager

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NMLS# 1838040

Erin Nicolaysen

Branch Manager

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NMLS# 2040116

Chris Bacola

SVP & Lake Norman Market Executive

[Lake Norman]
[email protected]
Direct Line: 704-439-4330
Cell Phone: 704-450-3529

Jill Collins

AVP Commerical Client Relationship Manager

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Jeff Brinkman

EVP & NC Commercial Market President

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Denise Clark

AVP Branch Manager

[Rea Farms]
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NMLS# 1181880

Austin Hailey

Branch Manager

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NMLS # 1919200


Michael Litton

SVP Commercial Relationship Banker

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Michael Rodriguez

VP Commercial Client Relationship Manager

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Dayle Bulla

AVP Commercial Client Relationship Manager

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Jensen Caudle

VP Commercial Relationship Banker

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Jennifer Merritt

VP Branch Manager

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NMLS# 73856

Rick Hunt

SVP Commercial Relationship Banker

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Mortgage & Consumer Real Estate Lending

Lauren Conard

VP Retail Lending Director

[email protected]
NMLS# 1540574

Loan Production Offices


Greg Dickinson

EVP South Carolina Market President

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Jordan Payne

VP Commercial Relationship Banker – Upstate SC

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Bob Branch

SVP Raleigh Market President

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Travis Rada

SVP, SBA Sales Manager

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Chamois Campbell

SBA Lender

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Anita Worley

VP Treasury Sales Manager

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Lauren Hill

Treasury Management Sales Consultant

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