First Bank Expands Raleigh Presence With Experienced Commercial Real Estate Expert

Feb 05, 2016, 08:00 ET from First Bancorp

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- First Bancorp (NASDAQ: FBNC), the parent company of First Bank, welcomed Jim Derrickson to its Wake County team as a Senior Vice President specializing in Builder Finance. "First Bank believes in local, specialized expertise to make sure our customers receive the best banking experience possible. Jim represents exactly what our community bank is all about," said Mike Mayer, President of First Bank.

Jim Derrickson, a long time Raleigh resident, joins the First Bank team with over 30 years of banking experience. Prior to joining First Bank, Jim held commercial management positions at CommunityOne Bank, NewBridge Bank, Southern Community Bank and Trust, BB&T, and Bank of America. In his new role, Derrickson will develop First Bank's Builder Finance team, focusing initially on clients in the Triangle and Triad markets of North Carolina. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Magellan Charter School Foundation, is Treasurer for the Church of the Apostles, and also Treasurer for the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County. Derrickson received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from The University of Richmond.

Jim will be located in downtown Raleigh at 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2850, Raleigh, North Carolina and can be reached at jderrickson@localfirstbank.com.

About First Bancorp

First Bancorp is a bank holding company headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina with total assets of approximately $3.4 billion. Its principal activity is the ownership and operation of First Bank, a state-chartered community bank that operates 88 branches, with 75 branches operating in North Carolina, six branches in South Carolina (Cheraw, Dillon, Florence, and Latta), and seven branches in Virginia (Abingdon, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Fort Chiswell, Radford, Salem and Wytheville), where First Bank does business as First Bank of Virginia. First Bank also has loan production offices in Greenville and Charlotte, North Carolina. First Bancorp's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "FBNC." First Bank Insurance Services, a subsidiary of First Bank, has locations in Sanford, Southern Pines, and Troy, North Carolina.

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