Blue Ridge Bankshares hires CEO for N.C. operations

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Blue Ridge Bankshares in Luray, Va., has hired a CEO for its planned division in North Carolina.

The $493 million-asset company said in a press release Tuesday that Neal Crawford will become CEO of Carolina State Bank, which is set to open later this month with a branch in Greensboro.

Crawford’s background includes stints as president of Towne Financial Services and Monarch Bank, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Crawford "brings a tremendous track record of success and execution in community banking," Brian Plum, Blue Ridge’s president and CEO, said in the release. "His incredible tenacity and client-centered approach are a perfect cultural fit for our vision of banking, and we are excited to be working together to create success for our communities, employees and shareholders."

“The quality of my teammates is outstanding and the commitment to providing exceptional client service … is non-negotiable to our markets,” Crawford said in the release. “Community banking is the lifeblood for the small businesses, individuals and nonprofits who desire to have a banking relationship based on mutual respect and growth.”

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