Sam Nichols

Senior Vice President, Commercial Banker

Office Information

Office Phone

Areas Served

Research Triangle Park
Chapel Hill

Get to know me

As a First Citizens commercial banker, it’s important to invest in understanding your business, strategies and key objectives. An established process and skilled team of specialists help me tailor solutions to fit you and your organization. Clients appreciate our trusted partnership in planning for long-term success.

I earned my Bachelors degree from Lenoir Rhyn University. My career includes over 36 years in banking with the majority of that time spent in the Commercial Banking space. My specific focus has been working with clients in the Healthcare and Professional Services space that are in the growth phase of the business cycle.

My spouse, Becky and I have been married for 34 years. We are the proud parents of two grown children.

I am passionate about spending my spare time with family and volunteering in the community.

I invite you to connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Our approach

At First Citizens, our Bankers view business relationships with you through a long-term lens. This aligns with our brand ethics, business philosophies and statement of purpose for building a long, lasting alliance. We make recommendations and decisions based on what’s best for your business and focus on your growth, expansion and success.

Management at First Citizens is regional, and we guide your accounts in the same manner—with regional support and authority. Our relationship management teams include inside and outside relationship managers, credit professionals and product specialists. Our consulting and business strategy services include industry change optimization, business process management and financial management processes.

We pride ourselves on working together to bring positive results to your business, as we see your vision come to fruition.

Industry Expertise

Architectural Firms
Healthcare and Medical


Lenoir Rhyne University

Community Involvement

Durham Technical Community College Foundation Board, Presbyterian Homes of NC Foundation Board and Investment Committee, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, and Trinity Ave Presbyterian Church Session Board

Personal Interests

College Sports, Golf and Traveling


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