Model citizen. Community leader. Excelled to the highest professional level. All these superlatives describe William M. Griffith Jr., former President and CEO of Alamance Bank in Graham. Griffith is now Market President for Reidsville Community Bank and Director for First Carolina State Bank in Rocky Mount, NC. Griffith graduated from Graham High School in 1967. He took advantage of local education, attending and graduating from Alamance Community College (at that time known as Technical Institute of Alamance) with an associate degree in Business Administration in 1969.
“Attending ACC was an affordable way for me to start my post high school education,” said Griffith in 2007. “At the same time, it impacted my entire life path.” He said the College’s business courses gave insight into the world of finance, providing the foundation for a in banking lasting more than 35 years. Griffith was nominated for ACC’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Following a stint at Elon College, Griffith began his banking career in 1973, hired as Vice President and Director of First Savings and Loan in Mebane. Five years later, he was Vice President/ Comptroller at Mutual Savings & Loan in Reidsville.
Griffith’s longest tenure in the banking industry was when he worked as Senior Vice President of Community Savings Bank SSB in Burlington. His job responsibilities grew and included the duties of Chief Administrative Officer, Compliance Officer, Security Officer, and Senior Loan Officer.
As Chief Administrative Officer, Griffith developed and marketed new products during the 1980s, including Visa Check Cards, ATM Cards, ATM Machines, and Merchant Terminals. In the role of Senior Loan Officer, he supervised all loan transactions, including a mortgage loan portfolio in excess of $60 million in the late 1980s.
Griffith has also shared his time in the community. He served 1982-86 on the Board of Directors, Alamance County Home Builders; named Associate of the Year, Alamance County Home Builders, 1986; elected President of the Burlington Rotary Club, 1995; and received the Paul Harris Fellow from the Burlington Rotary, 1997. In addition to his professional volunteer work, Griffith spent more than 30 years volunteering in his church and with many little league sports with his three children.