Eric Searls

SVP, Middle Market Banking

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Get to know me

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

My career includes over 24 years in banking with the majority of that time spent in middle market and corporate banking segments.

My wife, Ashley, and I have been married for over 20 years and have 2 teenaged sons, Drew and Will. I am passionate about volunteering for organizations that support developing youth and positively impacting our community. I also enjoy playing golf, pickleball and anywhere my son’s interests take our family.

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.

We take a collaborative approach to managing relationships. Our teams include 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

Commercial and Industrial
Commercial Construction
Commercial Real Estate


Bachelor of Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Master of Business Administration, Wake Forest University

Community Involvement

Member and officer of the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club
Volunteer leader in Scouts BSA Old North State Council and Troop 101
Executive Committee member for UNC Greensboro Spartan Club

Personal Interests

I enjoy playing golf, pickleball and creating memories with my family
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