Now a successful banker, Anthony Edwards began his college education at Surry Community College.
After graduating from North Surry High School in 2004, Edwards received an associate's degree in Business Administration in 2006 from SCC.
“I recommend Surry Community College to other students based heavily
on the experience and level of academic instruction that the instructors
provide in their courses and study,” Edwards said. “All of my
instructors in the business and accounting area had not only strong
academic knowledge of the subject, but also shared examples from their
public or private sector work experience in the classroom. I am thankful
for the great education I received from Surry Community College.
Instructors Mr. Tom Parker and Dr. Donna Harbour were great influences
While at SCC, Edwards was active with Phi Beta Lambda in the business
department. He and Maggie Jenkins won first place in an Emerging
Business Issues state competition in Raleigh with Phi Beta Lambda in
April 2006. They placed sixth in the national contest in Nashville,
Tenn., in June 2006.
“Shortly before receiving my Associate's Degree, I learned about the
2+2 program at Surry Community College in conjunction with UNC
Greensboro. I was also accepted through the GOAL program with
Gardner-Webb University,” he said.
Edwards graduated in December 2009 with a bachelor's degree in
Finance from the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNC
“Afterwards I started my career as a community banker. My recent
career path with Skyline National Bank started in January 2012. Since
then, I have served as a Commercial Lender, Retail Lender, Credit
Analyst, Intern Program Coordinator, and Project Manager. Today, I work
in Credit Administration on operations efficiency for our loan
operations and production departments. I have completed a large share of
Small Business Administration (SBA) loans in North Carolina and
Virginia utilizing the 7(a) and Express programs to help small
businesses in our region.”
Skyline National Bank is a community bank with $695 million in in
assets with locations that stretch from Roanoke, Va., to Boone,
N.C. Local branches are in Wilkesboro, Sparta, and Yadkinville.
In August 2019, Edwards placed first in a 62-person class at the
Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of
Virginia. By placing at the top of his class, he earned a one-year
scholarship to the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State
University, which is a three-year program where students fly to Baton
Rouge for two weeks per year for classes, and complete assignments and
papers throughout the year.
“Community and service are important to me. Today, I am serving my
sixth term as Chair of Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. We teach
old-time and bluegrass music in schools in North Carolina, South
Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee,” Edwards said. “We have outreach to
2,000 plus kids in our 53 affiliates. I manage our 11-person board that
encompasses the area from Pennsylvania to Raleigh, Boone, and
Wilkesboro. JAM has three employees, a full-time, a part-time and an
Currently, Edwards is the President of the Twin County Regional
Chamber of Commerce, Inc., based in Galax, Va., which serves and
represents businesses in Grayson County, Carroll County, and the City of
Galax, where he manages the 21-person board and the executive director.
Edwards resides in Galax, with wife Lindsay and two sons, Aiden and Ezra.
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