This month we’re spotlighting Don Harrington, Vice President/Chief Credit Officer for Carolina Small Business Development Fund. Don has been with Carolina Small Business for over 6 years and is a passionate #dreamcatcher and member of our team.
As Vice President Chief Credit Risk Officer, Don brings over 22 years of experience in financial management, commercial lending and portfolio risk management. Prior to Carolina Small Business, Don served as senior vice president and chief credit officer at Mechanics and Farmers Bank where he developed exceptional management experience in credit analysis, loan operations, and mortgage and commercial lending. He also served as chairman of the Management Loan Committee. He received a Master of Business Administration from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
CSBDF: What’s your alma mater?
Don: I have an undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill and graduate degree from East Carolina University.
CSBDF: Where is your hometown?
Don: Pittsboro, NC
CSBDF:What is your personal philosophy?
Don: You choose your friends. Best friends bring out the best in you. So, choose wisely.
CSBDF: Where is your favorite place to be?
Don: With my son on the soccer field or biking.
CSBDF: What is your favorite thing to do?
Don: Sitting outdoors listening to live smooth jazz music.
CSBDF: What do you like most about working at Carolina Small Business Development Fund?
Don: The shared passion of all Carolina Small Business associates striving to make a positive impact on underserved communities.
CSBDF: If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?
Don: My grandfather. I would loved to have heard his first hand experiences of growing up in rural North Carolina and raising nine children (with my grandmother) to become upstanding citizens during a very difficult and transformative era for Black Americans.
CSBDF: How do you define success?
Don: Putting forth your best effort towards achieving your goal.
CSBDF: What is the best book you have ever read?
Don: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? This was one of my favorite books to read to my son when he was an infant.
CSBDF: What is your favorite meal/food?
Don: My favorite meal would be fried pork chops or fried chicken, pinto beans or speckled butter beans, cabbage, corn, and cornbread as this just reminds me home.
CSBDF: Who or what inspires you to do the work that you do?
Don: Who we are. Many do not get the opportunity to do the type of work that can truly impact others and their communities.