Market Presidents


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Joseph L. Evans
Wake Forest Market President

Dean Gooden

Dean Gooden
Senior Vice President and North Hills Market President

A native of Raleigh, N.C., Dean is a graduate of Tulane University where he received a bachelor of science in management with a concentration in finance. Dean has an extensive background in banking, corporate finance, sales, and procurement. He is active in the community through his involvement with North State Bank's Summer Salute of Hospice of Wake County and Habitat for Humanity. Dean is currently attending the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Jonathan Hand

Jonathan E. Hand
Senior Vice President and President of Specialized Lending Group

Jonathan’s 15 years of banking experience were established in positions such as market president, middle market client manager, and relationship manager. A graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., he holds a bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in economics. He has expanded his education by graduating from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the North Carolina School of Banking at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as chairman of the Kerr Bank Family YMCA Board of Directors and is the chairman of their “We Build People” major gifts campaign.

P. Griffin Laughridge


P. Griffin Laughridge
Senior Vice President and Garner Market President

A native of Wilson, N.C., Griffin has more than 15 years of banking experience, most recently as a business development officer. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the NCBA School of Banking in Chapel Hill, and the East Carolina University RMA Commercial Lending School. Active in the community, Griffin previously served as president of the Garner Rotary Club, as well as treasurer at Raleigh First Assembly Church of God.

Sharon Moe


Sharon R. Moe
Senior Vice President and Downtown Market President

Prior to leading the downtown office, Sharon’s experience included positions such as branch manager, senior credit portfolio analyst, and commercial lender. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian studies from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., she also earned a master’s degree in finance from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York, N.Y. Active in the community, she serves on the board of directors for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and the Friends of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District. She is also a member of Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women and is a volunteer with Junior Achievement.

John Norwood


John H. Norwood
Senior Vice President and North Raleigh Market President

Drawing from over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate finance, middle market commercial banking, and small business and personal banking, John offers a unique blend of financial services expertise. With a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he is now attending the North Carolina School of Banking. He is an active member of the Triangle Chapter of the Urban Land Institute and the NC Housing Coalition, participates in community activities benefitting Hospice of Wake County, Passage Home/Safety Club, Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, and Girl Scouts of America. Often sought as a speaker, recent topics include: Community Branding Workshop: Putting your Town to Work; Career Day: Thought About Becoming a Banker?; and, The Financial Business of the Church.

Don Springer

Don J. Springer
Senior Vice President and West Raleigh Market President

Having recently relocated from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Don brings over 15 years of banking experience to the North State Bank team, most recently as the commercial lending team leader at a rapidly growing community bank in Rockville, Md. Don has experience in many aspects of banking; including middle market commercial lending, small business lending, commercial and residential real estate lending and treasury management services. He is a graduate of Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md., where he earned undergraduate degrees in both business administration and economics. Currently, Don attends the North Carolina School of Banking in Chapel Hill. He is active in several Wake County, N.C. chambers of commerce and is a participant in the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Raleigh program.

Sabrina Stephens

Sabrina S. Stephens
Senior Vice President and Wilmington Market President

Sabrina brings nearly 25 years of North Carolina banking experience to her leadership of the Wilmington market. Prior to joining North State, she served as a senior vice president and commercial banking officer at New Bridge Bank, and as a vice president and business services officer at BB&T. An alumna of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., she is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the North Carolina School of Banking at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She volunteers her time as a board member for the Cape Fear Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America and as a fundraiser for the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, where she previously served as president of the board of directors.