Local CEO Named to Advisory Board
Michelle Keaton-Barrow to Serve with Raleigh-based North State Bank
By: Keaton Barrow Realty
"It is an honor to have been asked to serve on the Advisory Board of what I can only describe as a pillar of our local community," Keaton-Barrow notes. "North State Bank's core values of integrity, hard work, fairness, teamwork and consistency mirror the beliefs that I have used to grow my own company and which I have shared with countless young people whom I have mentored over the years."
Keaton-Barrow, who has a long been an advocate for financial education and giving back to the community, saw this position as a natural fit, both from a business perspective and because of North State Bank's care for community. As just one example, since 2004 the bank's Summer Salute has raised over $1.9 million for Transitions LifeCare to help ensure that everyone, regardless of financial means, receives the care and dignity they deserve at life's end.
"As someone who has emphasized the importance of owning property and understanding finances as a mechanism for changing lives not just for yourself, but across generations, this was a unique opportunity to advocate for our community." Keaton-Barrow says. "Plus, North State's SBA & USDA Lending Division has achieved preferred lender status, which offers advantages to entrepreneurs, something else I am passionate about promoting. I feel privileged to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to 'Going Beyond' in everything it does."
With more than 30 years' experience in commercial and residential real estate, Keaton-Barrow has developed a reputation as an experienced businesswoman and a trusted expert whose knowledge of current market trends, neighborhood statistics, and insurance information is unmatched. She honed her leadership skills as a college professor, business owner and board member. Her passion for philanthropy is demonstrated by the numerous non-profit and charitable entities that she supports. In addition to her new role with North State Bank, serves on the boards of the United Minority Contractors of North Carolina, the Wake County Community Foundation, PAVE Charter School, and the Women's Impact Fund of Charlotte, is a member of the Junior League of Raleigh at the Sustainer level. In her spare time, she is an avid golfer and member of LPGA Amateurs.
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