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First Reliance Bank

David P. Barksdale
President - North Carolina

David Barksdale, President - North Carolina



David Barksdale has joined First Reliance Bank as President of North Carolina in January of 2018. Barksdale is responsible for the strategic market expansion of First Reliance Bank’s footprint in North Carolina. He will oversee sales management and community development for all North Carolina markets.

Mr. Barksdale has over 30 years experience in the banking industry.  Most recently, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Premier Bank / Premara Financial, Inc.    Prior to that Barksdale served in various executive roles at NewBridge Bank with increased levels of responsibility the last being Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, where he led the  identification and implementation of bank  acquisition opportunities.


Barksdale is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.


He is active in Boy Scouts of America and has held various memberships and board positions in the following organizations which include: Community Investment Corporation of the Carolinas, North Carolina A&T State University Board of Visitors, Leadership North Carolina Class of XIX, Leadership Winston-Salem, Forsyth Tech Foundation, and the Piedmont Triad Leadership Institute.