First Posted: 1/15/2009
LUMBERTON — Lumbee Guaranty Bank has hired Lumberton native Jacob “Jay” Britt III as vice president and city executive for Lumberton.
“Ever since I was a little boy, I dreamed of being a business leader here and raising my family here,” said Britt, who began work with the bank in October. “I love Lumberton. For all its good and bad, I can’t think of anywhere in this world I would rather live. Having the opportunity to serve Lumberton as city executive is really a dream come true.”
His responsibilities include managing loans, sales and services for three area branches, and leading the business development market for Lumberton and commercial loan production.
His banking experience includes serving as a vice president/commercial loan officer for New Century Bank in Lumberton; serving as an assistant vice president/ business development officer for First Bank in Lumberton; and serving as an assistant vice president and financial center manager for BB&T in Fayetteville.
Britt graduated from Lumberton High School in 1988, and received a bachelor’s degree in communications from N.C. State University in 1992. He is a 1994 graduate of the BB&T Management Development Program; a 2002 graduate of Leadership Fayetteville Institute; and a 2006 graduate of the Lumberton Area Leadership Institute. He is in his third year of a four-year program at the North Carolina School of Banking.
“A lot of people don’t realize that we’re the last surviving bank that was actually founded in Robeson County,’’ Britt said. “That is a real source of pride for me and our bank. That means our friends, family and neighbors have trusted us and stood by us for a long, long time. Our bank has continued to grow and prosper, while other banks have failed or sold-out, because of our commitment to earn and keep the trust of our customers.
“Our bank is big enough to take care of all of Robeson County’s banking needs and still small enough to listen and make changes to suit our customers. That’s what real community banking is all about.”
Britt is currently president of the Robeson-Lumberton Kiwanis Club; a member of the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors; a volunteer representative for the North Carolina State University Student Aid Association; a member of Hyde Park Baptist Church; and a volunteer public address announcer for Lumberton High School football games.
He is married to Amy Britt, and they have two children, Jacob, 5, and Abby, 3. His parents, Vernon and Barbara Britt, live in Lumberton.
“My parents taught me at a young age that life’s greatest rewards come from serving other people, and I have worked hard to live my life that way and to instill that value in my children,” Britt said. “It’s not enough to simply live in a community. I believe its every citizen’s responsibility to give back in some small or big way so that when our work here is done we can know that our community is a little better off than we found it.”