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Announcement

KS Bank Vice President graduates from the 86th North Carolina School of Banking


SMITHFIELD, NC – KS Bank’s Brian Stewart, Relationship Manager, Vice President at their Four Oaks branch, is a 2022 graduate from the North Carolina School of Banking (NCSB). The NCSB is one of the oldest state banking association banking schools in the nation. It is dedicated to expanding the skills and abilities of middle managers and prospective managers. Bankers who enroll in the school spend a week each August for four consecutive years to receive training in a college setting. 

President/CEO of KS Bank, Earl W. Worley, Jr. said, “We are very proud of Brian Stewart and his recent graduation from the 86th North Carolina School of Banking. The skills and knowledge he learned will surely enhance his work with KS Bank and in turn, with his customers. We are very thankful that our staff is always eager to learn, grow, and improve.”

“Congratulations to the class of 2022, for your successful completion and graduation of the 86th North Carolina School of Banking,” said Dr. Harry Davis, Dean of the NCSB. “Over the last four years, you have worked through unprecedented circumstances and made friendships that will last throughout your careers. We look forward to watching you continue to strengthen your communities and succeed in your careers in the financial services industry.”

The faculty of the NCSB consists of experienced bankers, professors, regulatory officials, attorneys, and others who have expert knowledge of the subject areas. Approximately 40 faculty teach at the school, and some have been associated with the program for many years. Faculty and courses are critically evaluated to ensure that banker-students receive the best possible professional education.

About KS Bank
For over 98 years, KS Bank has served the Triangle East region of North Carolina.  KS Bank, a state-chartered savings bank, is a community-oriented financial institution offering a broad array of competitive and pro-growth financial services to businesses, professionals, individuals, and families. KS Bank offers retail and commercial lending and deposit services, mortgage products, and wealth management services through its Trust Division. KS Bank corporate office is located in Smithfield, NC and operates nine financial centers in Johnston, Wake, Wilson, and Wayne Counties. A loan production office is located in Dunn, NC.




(Left to Right) Front Row: Nanda Jones, Lee Byrd, Regina Smith, Tammy Mitchell, Judy Page, William P. Elmore, Jr., Harold Keen. Back Row: David Barber, Geoff Kokiko, Hannah Giddens, Dit Breault, Earl W. Worley, Jr., John Parker, Sid Sauls, Wesley Johnson


SMITHFIELD, NC – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday at 118 N. Wilson Avenue in Dunn to celebrate KS Bank’s new Loan Office. The ceremony featured remarks from the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce President Wesley Johnson, the Mayor of Dunn William P. Elmore, Jr., and KS Bank representatives Earl W. Worley, Jr., Harold Keen, and Judy Page. An invocation was provided by Darren Hughes, Administrative Pastor with Central Baptist Church.

President/CEO of KS Bank, Earl W. Worley, Jr. said, “We are very thankful for the overwhelming amount of support we have received since bringing our brand of community banking to Dunn in the form of this Loan Office. We are excited to serve the Dunn and Harnett County markets and all of their lending needs.”

The Loan Office will serve businesses in and around Harnett County as they look for assistance with commercial loans.

About KS Bank
For over 98 years, KS Bank has served the Triangle East region of North Carolina.  KS Bank, a state-chartered savings bank, is a community-oriented financial institution offering a broad array of competitive and pro-growth financial services to businesses, professionals, individuals, and families. KS Bank offers retail and commercial lending and deposit services, mortgage products, and wealth management services through its Trust Division. KS Bank corporate office is located in Smithfield, NC and operates nine financial centers in Johnston, Wake, Wilson, and Wayne Counties. A loan production office is located in Dunn, NC.

 

SMITHFIELD, NC – KS Bank was just named among the top extraordinary banks in the United States by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking™.

KS Bank was recognized with the Institute’s Banky™ Award for its commitment to strong community banking. This recognition is given to top community banks across the country to help people find the best banks in their communities. They also received the Above-and-Beyond Customer Service Banky™ Award for their systems and follow-through that create a consistent level of proven, exemplary customer service. Additionally, they were awarded the Thought Leader Banky™ Award for raising the standards of banking practices with excellence in unique and cutting-edge practices while achieving exemplary financial results.

“We are honored to be recognized as an extraordinary bank by the Institute for Extraordinary Banking™. This award recognizes financially sound, highly effective, community-focused banks and we are proud to be among such an elite group of community banks. Our team has done a fantastic job of making sure our banking practices reflect the needs of our customers while always providing top-notch service,” said Earl W. Worley, Jr., President/CEO of KS Bank.

The Extraordinary Banking™ Awards highlight the vital yet often overlooked role that local community banks play in our nation’s economy. Without a vibrant local banking industry, our small businesses and families often lack the have-your-back support of a true community bank that makes communities really thrive. The Extraordinary Banking™ Awards recognize the best of what community banks offer to our cities, towns, and nation: a true commitment to the success of the small businesses and local community they serve.

Roxanne Emmerich, Chair and Founder of The Institute for Extraordinary Banking™, proclaimed during the awards ceremony: “Community banks are the backbone of America. They are what keeps a community thriving. When a community bank leaves a community, small businesses often struggle to stay, and jobs leave. Every robust community has a strong community bank that understands how to help that community thrive and grow.”

About KS Bank
For over 98 years, KS Bank has served the Triangle East region of North Carolina.  KS Bank, a state-chartered savings bank, is a community-oriented financial institution offering a broad array of competitive and pro-growth financial services to businesses, professionals, individuals, and families. KS Bank offers retail and commercial lending and deposit services, mortgage products, and wealth management services through its Trust Division. KS Bank corporate office is located in Smithfield, NC and operates nine financial centers in Johnston, Wake, Wilson, and Wayne Counties. A loan production office is located in Dunn, NC.

KS BANK ANNOUNCES TWO NEW MEMBERS OF THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS



                 Man in a suit with a red tie smiling at the camera.        Man in a suit with a red tie smiling at the camera.

                            Matthew T. Keen                                Winston Kirby

(Smithfield, NC) – Matthew T. Keen and Winston Kirby have been named members of the Board of Directors for KS Bank, Inc.

Matthew T. Keen is a graduate of Campbell University with a Bachelors in Business Administration in 2010 and a Masters in Trust and Wealth Management in 2011. Keen has been in the finance industry since 2010, when he began work as an intern at Capital Investment Companies in Raleigh, NC. From there he has been successful in roles as a financial and private advisor, including with KS Bank between 2015 and 2016. During that time he assisted with the creation and implementation of the KS Trust Wealth and Investment department. Currently he works as a compliance officer and insurance principal at Capital Investment Companies in Raleigh, NC.

Chairman of the Board of Directors, James C. Parker, said, “We are thrilled to have someone of Matthew’s background and knowledge to join our Board of Directors. His business acumen and experience in the financial industry will be great assets to help us continue to grow the bank.”

Outside of work, Keen has established 45 acres of longleaf pine timber and longleaf silvopasture, which combines growing high value timber with forage and domesticated animal production in order to improve water quality and soil conservation. During his time at Campbell University as an undergraduate, Keen was the starting centerfielder for the Campbell baseball team. He is originally from Four Oaks, NC.

Winston Kirby is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with his Bachelors of History in 2010. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 2015 from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. Kirby has worked as an attorney handling complex litigations since 2015 with Edwards Kirby, LLP in Raleigh, NC.

James C. Parker, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, “Winston Kirby is a great addition to our Board of Directors. His knowledge and experience in the legal field as well as his general business knowledge will be a great asset to the bank and its growth.”

Kirby has received many awards and honors including most recently being named one of Best Lawyers in America’s “Ones to Watch” in 2022. He has also been on the National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 under 40” list each year since 2017, was named one of “North Carolina’s Outstanding Young Lawyers” by Charlotte Magazine, and is a presenter of continuing legal education. Additionally, Kirby serves on the North Carolina Museum of History’s Board of Directors. He currently resides in Wake Forest, NC.

About KS Bank
For over 98 years, KS Bank has served the Triangle East region of North Carolina.  KS Bank, a state-chartered savings bank, is a community-oriented financial institution offering a broad array of competitive and pro-growth financial services to businesses, professionals, individuals, and families. KS Bank offers retail and commercial lending and deposit services, mortgage products, and wealth management services through its Trust Division. KS Bank corporate office is located in Smithfield, NC and operates nine financial centers in Johnston, Wake, Wilson, and Wayne Counties. A loan production office is located in Dunn, NC.

KS BANK OPENS LOAN PRODUCTION OFFICE IN DUNN, NC; HIRES NEW COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP MANAGER, SVP

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(Smithfield, NC) - KS Bank announced today its plans to open a loan production office in Dunn, NC. The bank has received all the necessary regulatory approvals for the opening.

President/CEO of KS Bank Earl W. Worley, Jr. stated, “We are very excited about our entry into the Dunn and Harnett County Market. The Dunn market is undergoing a number of changes with bank branch closures and the merger of several larger institutions. We believe this is the right time to bring the KS Bank brand of community banking to Dunn and Harnett County.” This office will serve businesses in and around Harnett County as they look for assistance with commercial loans. This location will not accept customer deposits. The projected opening date for the loan production office is May 1, 2022.

With the opening of the loan production office, KS Bank welcomes Judy Page as a Commercial Relationship Manager, SVP. Judy brings 20 years of lending experience in the Dunn and Harnett County markets to KS Bank. She has a proven track record of managing multi-million dollar loan portfolios and expanding business within the Dunn market while providing top notch customer service. “KS Bank is extremely pleased to have Judy Page join our team of lenders. We are fortunate to have a community banker with her background to join the KS Bank family,” said Worley. Page stated, “Helping those in and around my community is a passion of mine. I’m honored to have the opportunity to bring true community banking back to Dunn and Harnett County.”

Page graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management from East Carolina University in 2012. She currently lives in the Dunn area with her husband. She enjoys spending time with her 2 children and 3 grandchildren, traveling, and going to the beach. She is very active in the Dunn community, as a Board of Directors member for the Dunn Area Committee of 100 as well as the Dunn Crimestoppers. 

About KS Bank
For over 98 years, KS Bank has served the Triangle East region of North Carolina.  KS Bank, a state-chartered savings bank, is a community-oriented financial institution offering a broad array of competitive and pro-growth financial services to businesses, professionals, individuals, and families. KS Bank offers retail and commercial lending and deposit services, mortgage products, and wealth management services through its Trust Division. KS Bank corporate office is located in Smithfield, NC and operates nine financial centers in Johnston, Wake, Wilson, and Wayne Counties.

KS BANK NAMED 2021 COMMUNITY BANK OF THE YEAR

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KS Bank's Chief Credit Officer, John Parker, accepting the award

(SMITHFIELD, NC) - KS Bank was awarded the 2021 Community Bank of the Year award by the NC Rural Center. This award is given to the financial institution that was a leading lending partner to North Carolina’s small businesses while providing exceptional customer service. Phil Marion, treasurer of the NC Rural Center’s Board of Directors said, “KS Bank has been a partner of the Rural Center since 2012, and since that time, has supported more than 30 loans for a total lending amount of more than 23 million dollars, of which our [loan] participations total $3.5 million. KS Bank’s partnership has created 121 new jobs and helped retain 537 jobs.”

John Parker, Chief Credit Officer at KS Bank said, “Over the past ten years, this partnership has allowed us to facilitate loans to a wide array of businesses representing dozens of new jobs and continuing economic impacts that stays in the community. The Loan Participation Program is just another arrow in our quiver. We certainly recognize that we cannot be all things to everyone, but this program does enable us to be everything to some.”

The NC Rural Center gave the award at their annual Summit where this year’s theme was “Building a Stronger Tomorrow.” Over 400 state leaders gathered March 21st and 22nd to learn, recognize award winners, and celebrate the Center’s 35th anniversary. Attendees also heard from speakers discussing how to take local action, how to plan for uncertain futures, and more. Learning sessions revolved around building and sustaining equitable communities and the interconnectivity it takes to ensure a thriving future, from education and agriculture to small business, broadband, and more.  

KS BANK DONATES $10,000 TO THE JOHNSTON COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION

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Pictured from Left to Right: Earl W. Worley, Jr., Darla Peedin, Eric Brownlee, and Doug Cockrell

(Smithfield, NC) – KS Bank has donated $10,000 to the Johnston County Education Foundation (JCEF) to assist their mission of supporting Johnston County Public Schools. The check was presented to Eric Brownlee, Chairman of the JCEF Board of Directors, and Darla Peedin, Executive Director of the foundation, by Earl W. Worley, Jr., President/CEO of KS Bank, and Doug Cockrell, Credit Analyst at KS Bank and member of the JCEF Board of Directors.

Earl W. Worley, Jr., President/CEO of KS Bank stated, “As a corporate member of the Johnston County community, we are honored to support the Johnston County Education Foundation in its mission to provide scholarship funding and teaching grants throughout our county. Our Executive Vice Chairman, Harold T. Keen, was instrumental in helping the foundation get its start in the early days of its existence and we want to continue our efforts to partner with the foundation as a way to honor all who had the vision to start the foundation.” 

Executive Director of the Johnston County Education Foundation, Darla Peedin, said “Johnston County Education Foundation is honored to have the support of KS Bank. Their contribution will continue the mission of the foundation to support Johnston County Public Schools faculty, staff, and students. Together we will make every effort to make Johnston County public education an outstanding system.”

The Johnston County Education Foundation promotes innovation, involvement, and excellence in the public schools through the prudent administration of privately-funded program, grants, and scholarships. They aim to be the primary partner of public education in Johnston County by supporting academic improvement and fostering excellence in teaching. Currently, the foundation administers between 60 and 80 scholarships to seniors across Johnston County Public Schools each year, and will offer multiple grant opportunities for teachers this fall to support their classrooms and special projects.

KS BANK ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP CHANGE, APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO



(SMITHFIELD, NC) KS Bank’s Board of Directors announced leadership transitions effective January 4, 2022.

Harold T. Keen who has been President and CEO of KS Bank since July 1990, will transition to Executive Vice Chairman of KS Bank. Mr. Keen will remain as President and CEO of KS Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of KS Bank.

Mr. Keen stated, “It has been my honor to serve as President and CEO of KS Bank for the past thirty-one and a half years. I am also honored to be elected by the Bank Board to serve as Executive Vice Chair. I plan to continue to concentrate my efforts on strategic planning for both the Bank and KS Bancorp, customer acquisition, and service to the community organizations of which I am a part of.”

The Board of Directors has appointed Earl W. Worley, Jr., who is currently serving as the Bank’s Chief Operating Officer, President and CEO of KS Bank. Mr. Worley has 30 years of bank management experience and has been in his current role since 2010. Prior to being named as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Worley served as the Bank’s Chief Financial Officer from 1999 until 2010. Mr. Worley has driven business development, deepened customer relationships and developed a strong culture while extending the Bank’s leadership. He has successfully guided the Bank’s employees and customers through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are pleased to promote Earl to the position of President and CEO,” shared James C. Parker, Chairman of the Board. “Earl has been instrumental in the strategic leadership of KS Bank for over two decades and is highly regarded as a key member of our Board and Executive Team by colleagues, clients and shareholders. He has touched every corner of the Bank and will continue to contribute his time, talent and energy to the development of strategic initiatives and Bank leadership.”

LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

KS Bank also announced additional changes to its Senior Executive Team, effective January 4, 2022. 

Dit L. Breault who is currently the Senior Operations officer for KS Bank will become the Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President of KS Bank. Mr. Breault has 29 years of banking experience and has been with KS Bank since July of 2021. Prior to coming to KS Bank, Mr. Breault served as Chief Compliance Officer of a regional community bank. In his current role, he leads the Bank's deposit and loan operations, building new capabilities to serve customers' changing needs, while enhancing the Bank's execution capabilities. 

About KS Bank: For over 98 years, KS Bank has served the Triangle East region of North Carolina.  KS Bank, a state-chartered savings bank, is a community-oriented financial institution offering a broad array of competitive and pro-growth financial services to businesses, professionals, individuals, and families. KS Bank offers retail and commercial lending and deposit services, mortgage products, and wealth management services through its Trust Division. KS Bank corporate office is located in Smithfield, NC and operates nine financial centers in Johnston, Wake, Wilson, and Wayne Counties. To learn more about KS Bank call 919.938.3101, visit ksbankinc.com or connect with them on Facebook and LinkedIn.