BOONE — United Community Bank in March announced that veteran banker Mary-Ann “Mak” Lawrence has joined its team in Western North Carolina. Mak will serve as a commercial relationship manager/senior vice president and operate out of the bank’s Blowing Rock office.

“Mak’s expertise will enhance our talent pool at a most opportune time,” said John Goins – Regional President of Western North Carolina for United Community Bank. “Her personality and team-oriented attitude will be invaluable additions to our special company culture. Several of our managers and senior leaders have held longtime relationships with Mak. We are honored to welcome her home to United.”

Bringing 40 years of banking experience to her new role, Lawrence will focus on building and strengthening relationships with United’s North Carolina clients. Prior to joining the team, she served in a senior-level commercial role at First Bank.

“United is paving the way for community banking and I am delighted to be a part of the talented North Carolina team,” said Lawrence. “From their consistent recognitions for exceptional customer service to their continuous financial success, the bank is well-positioned for sustainable growth and achievement. I look forward to supporting our clients and community with United Community Bank.”

A 20-year resident of Boone, Lawrence serves on the board of the Western North Carolina Housing Partnership. She is married to James Lawrence of James Lawrence Construction.

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