Governor Cooper Names State Banking Commission Appointees


Governor Roy Cooper today announced eight appointments to the State Banking Commission.

“North Carolina is a leader in banking and this Commission provides important expertise and oversight for our state’s banks,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m pleased to appoint these leaders to the State Banking Commission and I appreciate their willingness to serve.”

Governor Cooper has named:

  • Steve Coggins as Public Member. Coggins is a litigation and regulatory attorney. He is a partner with the firm Rountree Losee LLP in Wilmington and the co-founder of BarCARES, a statewide 24/7 confidential counseling service for lawyers. In 2000, Coggins received the North Carolina Bar Association’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award.
  • Ambassador Mark Erwin as Practical Banker. Erwin is the president of Erwin Capital, Inc., a family-owned investment company in Charlotte. From 1999-2001, Erwin served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of the Seychelles and the Federal Islamic Republic of Comoros. He has served on the boards of more than 35 civic, charitable and educational organizations throughout his career.
  • Herman Gaskins III as Public Member. Gaskins serves as an investigator of serious automobile accidents at Gaskins & Gaskins, PA. He is active in the Hispanic community in Eastern North Carolina, and has organized Spanish-language seminars in Beaufort County to introduce immigrants to the concept of credit, checking accounts, and other banking services. Gaskins is a native of Washington, N.C.
  • Karl Robinson as Public Member. Robinson is the co-founder of R&R Transportation, Inc. in Greensboro. He has served on numerous boards, including as a member for the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and the Business Advisory Board for First National Bank. Robinson is a native of High Point.
  • Sepi Saidi as Practical Banker. Saidi is President/CEO of SEPI Engineering & Construction, founded in 2001. Prior, Saidi spent more than 16 years in the field of transportation engineering design and management, 12 of which were spent with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. She served as a founding board member for TrustAtlantic Bank, and currently serves on the Wells Fargo Raleigh Community Advisory Board.
  • Jennifer Scott as Public Member. Scott serves as Business Development Counsel/Manager at Raleigh firm Shipman & Wright, LLP. Prior, she served as General Counsel for First Bank. She is a North Carolina Bar Certified Specialist in Real Property Law and a Certified Superior Court Mediator. Scott has served on numerous boards, including the Chatham County Planning Board and Economic Development Corporation.
  • Sallie Shuping Russell as Public Member. Shuping Russell is a Senior Advisor in BlackRock Inc.’s Private Equity Partners group. From 1986 to 2001, she worked at Duke University managing the private investment portfolio of Duke’s endowment and retirement funds. Shuping Russell served two terms on the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees from 2006-2016, and is Vice Chairman of the UNC Investment Fund. She has been on the boards of directors of several venture-backed companies and has authored chapters in two books about alternative investments.
  • The Honorable Don Vaughan as Public Member. Vaughan is a Greensboro attorney with more than 30 years of experience. He practices law regularly in North Carolina District and Superior Courts, in Federal Court, and is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He is appointed to the North Carolina Courts Commission and serves as a board member for the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. Vaughan served in the North Carolina State Senate from 2008-2012.

The State Banking Commission supervises, directs and reviews the activities of the Office of the Commissioner of Banks under the North Carolina Banking Laws, including matters such as establishing new banks, the opening and closing of bank branches, and mergers. There are 15 members on the commission.