Nicola Barksdale

Manager of Business Banking, Senior VP
(984) 867-4839

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Areas Served

Western North Carolina

Get to know me

As a Manager of Business Banking, it’s important for me to support my lenders in fully understanding your business, strategies and key objectives for the future. I have a skilled team of business banking specialists that tailor solutions to fit you and your organizational needs. Clients appreciate our trusted partnership in planning for their long-term success.

I earned my bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Western Carolina University. My career includes over 21 years in banking with the majority of that time spent in the Business Banking space. My specific focus has been working with clients in the Dental, Veterinary, Agribusiness and Industrial space, but have worked with clients in all types of industries.

My husband, Collyar, and I have been married for 18 years. We are the proud parents of two children, who are both in high school and very active in sports and outdoor activities. As a family we enjoy spending time doing a variety of outdoor activities offered here in Western North Carolina.

I am passionate about supporting my team and developing them into consultative bankers for the clients they serve. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering with local organizations that focus on children and families. It is important to me that, as a member of the community, I am able to share my skills with these organizations.

I invite you to connect with me on LinkedIn.

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

Healthcare and Medical


Western Carolina University

Community Involvement

I have served on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County for 10 years. Over my career I have served on various other non-profit boards such as Safelight, Camplify and The Chamber of Commerce for Henderson County.


Hiking, spending time my family at the lake, kayaking


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