North Carolina Bankers Association Announces New President & CEO

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA) is proud to announce Peter Gwaltney as its incoming president and CEO, effective January 2, 2015. Gwaltney spent more than 16 years in various leadership roles with the Louisiana Bankers Association (LBA), serving as executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for nine years and CEO for seven years. Following his service with LBA, Gwaltney served as chairman, president and CEO of the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, in Memphis, Tenn. for seven years.

“I’ve spent my career in banking and have always looked up to the North Carolina Bankers Association as a leader in the industry,” said Gwaltney. “I’m honored to follow my friend Thad Woodard as President and CEO of the NCBA. Thad has been a constant source of wisdom and encouragement to me, which makes this opportunity that much more meaningful. I look forward to building upon the great legacy he has established over the course of his 37 years of service.”

Gwaltney joins the NCBA following the leadership of Thad Woodard, NCBA’s current President and CEO, who will retire on January 1, 2015. Woodard has spent nearly five decades serving the banking industry, and has built a strong association and legacy over the course of 37 years of dedication to the NCBA. To date, his term as president and CEO far exceeds any other term since the NCBA was established in 1897.

"I am incredibly pleased to announce Peter Gwaltney as incoming President and CEO of the NCBA,” said Woodard. “His years of service within the banking industry, coupled with his leadership experience, makes him an ideal candidate for this position. Peter is a man of great poise, commitment and honor.  I have no doubt the future of the NCBA is in wonderful, capable hands.”

Gwaltney has served on numerous boards at the state and national level, including the American Bankers Association (ABA) State Association Division Executive Committee as well as the ABA Government Relations Council, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies, with an emphasis in Economics and Finance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. With a passion for all things family, Gwaltney and his wife, Virginia Sills Gwaltney, have been married for 28 years.  Together they have six children ages 15 to 28 and two grandchildren.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the members of the NCBA board of directors,” said Gwaltney. “They are a group of bankers of the highest quality.  It is evident how deeply they care about North Carolina, their communities and the NCBA. I am humbled to have been selected by them for this position.  I am eager to begin traveling across North Carolina to meet the rest of our members from the mountains to the coast.”

The North Carolina Bankers Association brings together all categories of banking institutions that best represent the interests of our rapidly changing state. The state’s banks have provided support to their communities since 1864. Look for a current listing at

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