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Amanda M. Lloyd
Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. . . . North State Bank promoted Senior Vice President Bret Burgess to market president for its North Hills office and named Senior Vice President Dean Gooden as SBA business development officer, announced Amanda Lloyd, executive vice president and chief people officer.
Burgess steps into the role of North Hills market president following Gooden, where he will lead the Bank’s efforts in serving and developing relationships in one of Raleigh’s most active and varied communities. “While all areas of Wake County are growing, none quite as visibly as Midtown—the growth is rapid and highly concentrated,” stated Lloyd. “North Hills encompasses a wide spectrum from international companies in high-rises to boutiques started by first-time business owners. We’ve grown with this community and will continue to do so with Bret at the helm. While Dean leaves big shoes to fill, Bret is poised to build on his years of hard work.”
Originally from Maine, Burgess joined North State Bank in 2014 and most recently served as a commercial banker at the company’s North Raleigh office. Prior to that, he held positions at First NBC Bank and Omni Bank. He is an alumnus of Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Banking at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and serves as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.
“I am honored to move into this position,” said Burgess. “North State is a relationship-based bank; and, in my seven years here, I have focused on building relationships, not a portfolio of numbers. While the geography and scope of responsibility changes, my approach with the community, my customers and my team will be the same: serving others by building relationships.”
Dean Gooden moved to the Bank’s Government Lending Division where he will focus on connecting businesses with SBA funding. Lloyd shared, “Like most SBA lenders, North State’s small business lending accelerated over the last 18 months as customers sought-out funding to navigate the pandemic. Now, more business owners and entrepreneurs than ever before are familiar with SBA loans. Dean’s small business acumen is strong and he’s an outstanding lender. We’re thrilled to have his talents on our government lending team.”
A native of Raleigh, Gooden has more than 25 years of corporate finance and commercial banking experience. A graduate of Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business in New Orleans, Louisiana, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in finance. He also attended the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and serves on the Board of Directors for the WakeMed Foundation and the Midtown Raleigh Alliance.
“While I will miss my customers and former team at North Hills, I am excited about the opportunity to work with small businesses from across the nation,” said Dean. “SBA loans are an important source of funding for small businesses which create jobs and grow our economy. It’s rewarding to play a part in that process.”