Wolfe recieves Rotary's top honor

Newton-Conover Rotary Club presented its highest honor to one of Catawba County's most distinguished bankers leading the county's only locally owned bank.

"The man who has been selected is an individual who exhibits serious and quiet dignity and the business-like demeanor we have come to associate with leaders in the banking community," said N-C Rotarian B. Stuart Terry, the club's vocational service award committee chair. "At the same time, he has extended himself beyond the boundaries of his profession to assume challenges of citizenship in worthwhile community endeavors."

During Rotary Night activities Tuesday, Newton-Conover Rotary Club presented the Charles R. Corriher Vocational Service Award to Tony W. Wolfe, president and CEO of Peoples Bank and Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina Inc.

A native of Albemarle, Wolfe came to Catawba County as a student at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He is a graduate of L-R, Wingate College, the Carolina School of Banking at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge.

Wolfe joined Peoples Bank in 1990 and became president and CEO in 1993.

"He carries the distinction of heading the only locally owned bank in Catawba County, a venerable institution established in the town of Catawba more than a century ago," Terry said. "Since he became president and CEO, he has overseen expansion from seven banking institutions to 22 sites, with coverage growing from two counties to seven counties."

This year, Wolfe was named Lenoir-Rhyne University Business Leader of the Year. He serves on the institution's board of trustees and holds board of directors positions with United Way of North Carolina, Catawba County Foundation and the Catawba Valley Medical Foundation. In addition to membership in Newton-Conover Rotary, he is a member of Catawba County Economic Development Corp. and Catawba Country Club.

He previously served on the N.C. Banker's Association, the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Catawba County United Way and the Piedmont Foundation of Lenoir-Rhyne.

Since 1976, Newton-Conover Rotary Club has presented the Charles R. Corriher Vocational Service Award to members of the club and other individuals in the county.

"For these 35 years, this citation has been our most prestigious award, bestowed after true soul searching and with the greatest pride," Terry said.