Sage Leadership & Strategy, LLC
Ms. Cole has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, including corporate lending and wealth management. Prior to founding SAGE Leadership & Strategy in 2011, she was a Principal with Granville Capital, Inc., a hedge fund investment firm. Ms. Cole served as the Regional CEO for the Mid-Atlantic Region of U.S. 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 of North Carolina. Early in her career, she was a Senior Vice President at NationsBank (now Bank of America), where she headed up Corporate Banking Services in the Greensboro area and also managed the retail branch system. Ms. Cole currently serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Compensation Committee for Martin Marietta Materials, a NYSE aggregates company. She is the Independent Board Chair of Biscuitville, Inc., a family-owned chain of quick service restaurants and a director for High Point Bank. She serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Cone Health Foundation and United Way of Greater Greensboro, most recently serving as the Board Chair. She is the President of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Carolinas Chapter, and serves as a director on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro University Investment Fund. She previously served on the Board of Governors for the Center for Creative Leadership, and was past Chair of the North Carolina Chamber and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Cole attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned her B.S. in Business Administration in 1972 and her M.B.A. in Finance in 1977.