When it comes to banking in North Carolina, many immediately think of Charlotte. However, due largely in part of TowneBank President Patsy Johnson, Cary is establishing its own growing banking presence.
Patsy, a native North Carolinian, has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Although she did not get her start in banking, she learned from the ground up, taking advantage of any opportunity for growth and career advancement. Patsy found her first job in banking shortly after moving to Cary almost 35 years ago with her husband. Early on in her career, Patsy worked for several small, local banks that later grew to become large, nationally known banking networks. While she appreciated the experiences she had with those national banks, Patsy realized she enjoyed the opportunities that came with being a local banker.
“As a local banker, you have a greater sense of flexibility and can have a positive impact on the community,” Patsy says. “I love being a banker in Cary because of the small community feeling I have when I come to work every day.”
Six years ago, Patsy accepted a position with Raleigh-based Paragon Bank. After recognizing a need in the Cary community, Patsy was tasked with expanding the Paragon network into the Cary market.
“While we had an office in Raleigh, we wanted to be able to service the Cary community on a much more local level,” Patsy explains. “Cary is my home, so I was excited to open an office of TowneBank (formerly Paragon Bank) and expand the bank’s presence within my own community.”
This past year, TowneBank, a Suffolk, Virginia-based banking network, acquired Paragon Bank through a company merger. Despite the new name, Patsy feels the TowneBank carries the same level of commitment and dedication to its staff, clients and communities.
In addition to her work with TowneBank, Patsy has prioritized being an active member of the local community. Patsy says she and her husband are “highly energized individuals” that take pride in being involved in many local activities. They are passionate about giving back and helping contribute to the success of the town. Patsy has been an active member of the Cary Chamber of Commerce, Cary YMCA, Women’s Giving Network, Cary Visual Arts Committee and several other community groups.
“Cary has been recognized as a great place to live, raise a family and work. I couldn’t agree more! For me and my husband, it is very rewarding to be a part of this community,” Patsy says. “Cary has been an amazing home to us for the past 33 years.”