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Sue W. Cole


Sue is Managing Partner of SAGE Leadership & Strategy, LLC, a boutique advisory firm she started in 2011. She has over 35 years experience in the financial services industry, including corporate lending and wealth management. Prior to founding SAGE, she was a Principal with Granville Capital, Inc., a hedge fund of funds investment firm, for five years. Sue served as the Regional CEO for the Mid-Atlantic Region of United States Trust Company, N.A., where she was responsible for the overall strategic direction, growth and leadership of five offices in North Carolina, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. She also served as President of North Carolina Trust Company, the predecessor to U.S. Trust Company in North Carolina. Early in her career, she was a Senior Vice President at NCNB, where she headed up Corporate Banking Services in the Greensboro area and also managed the retail branch system.

Sue currently serves on the Board of Directors of Martin Marietta Materials, a NYSE aggregates company, and has chaired its Nominating and Governance Committee and Compensation and Management Development Committee. She currently is Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Corporate Directors. She also serves on the Biscuitville, Inc. board, a family-owned restaurant chain, and the Greensboro Science Center. She previously served as independent Chair of Biscuitville, Chair of United Way of Greater Greensboro, resident and Founding Director of NACD Carolinas Chapter, the Board of Governors for the Center for Creative Leadership and past Chair of the North Carolina Chamber, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, and Greensboro Science Center. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she subsequently also earned a Master of Business Administration.