About the Author

Kel Landis, III, was born and raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where at the age of 15 he earned his Eagle Scout. He attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s of business administration.

Kel has over 30 years of experience in banking, financial services, investment management, and private capital and is a founding partner of Plexus Capital, a North Carolina-based investment firm. He co-founded Plexus Capital after retiring as CEO of RBC Centura Bank. Kel also serves as a director of Live Oak Bank, one of the leading lenders to small businesses across the country.

Kel has served as a Trustee of UNC-Chapel Hill, Chair of the UNC Board of Visitors, Trustee of Elizabeth City State University, and as an adjunct professor of finance for the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Currently, he is a member of the UNC Foundation’s board of directors, a member of the board of visitors for the Kenan-Flagler Business School, and a Trustee for The Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise. Kel is also a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations.

Kel is a former director of the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry and a former chair of the North Carolina Bankers Association. He co-founded and served as Chair of the Foundation of Renewal of Eastern North Carolina. In addition, he is a former board member for the Golden Leaf Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports grants for economically distressed communities. He also served as Senior Advisor for Business and Economic Affairs for the Governor of North Carolina and as Trustee of the North Carolina State Supplemental Retirement Fund. Today Kel is board member for the North Carolina Community Foundation, which provides support for community foundations across the state.

Earlier in his career, Kel was President of the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, President of the Rocky Mount Area United Way, and President of the Rocky Mount Family YMCA. He was also Treasurer of the local homeless shelter, a board member for Nash HealthCare Systems, and a board member for the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry. He is also a former member of the Young Presidents Organization.

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