Carl L. Hairston

Carl L. Hairston, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for City First Bank of DC where he is responsible for the strategic direction and on-going execution of business development activities for the Bank.  Most recently, Hairston was Regional Vice President having overseen the growth of M&T’s National Capital Business & Professional Banking Group where he successfully led the lending and servicing team spanning Washington DC;  Prince George's County, MD; Arlington, Alexandria and McLean, VA  encompassing twenty four branches.  Mr. Hairston has been formally credit-trained, and has over 26 years of financial services experience holding various banking roles at M&T Bank, Fleet Bank (now Bank of America), Fleet Community Development Corporation, KeyBank, NA, and Empire of America Federal Savings Bank. Mr. Hairston is Board Chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member of CultureCapital.  Previously, Mr. Hairston served as Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the Morgan State University Foundation and the Washington DC Economic Partnership.  Mr. Hairston is also a member of professional fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi, seminar presenter for the Small Business Administration & SCORE, and a past president of the Buffalo Chapter of the Urban Financial Services Coalition.  He is a 2011 recipient of an “Emerging Leader” Award from Associated Black Charities, 2008 recipient of the Minority Business Summit’s “Men of Influence” Award, 2007 recipient of the Baltimore Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” Award, as well as a 2003 recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” Award.  Mr. Hairston holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration (Marketing and Human Resource Development), and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York. In 2014, Mr. Hairston completed M&T’s Senior Leadership Development Program at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. 

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