Theresa Payton's Bio

Hometown: Theresa is the daughter of a U.S. Marine and considers the United States her hometown.  She was born in Jacksonville, Florida. Theresa has lived on the East Coast, the West Coast, and Hawaii and has called Charlotte home since 1995.

Education: A proud graduate of Immaculata University, Theresa had a double major in Economics and Business Administration with a certification in Computers.  Theresa graduated from Immaculata with honors in 1989 and went on to the University of Virginia to earn her Master of Science in Management Information Systems and completed that in 1990.  She was in the first graduating class for this masters degree.  Theresa earned her certificate in Graduate Banking studies from The Graduate School of Banking at LSU in 1997.  She is also a certified Black Belt in Six Sigma.

Career: Theresa caught the technology bug while still in high school doing a stint in computer support during the holiday season at the Quantico Marine Corps Exchange. After graduate school, she worked at Barnett Banks, Inc which is now a part of Bank of America and realized quickly that customers needed convenience while keeping their confidential banking information safe.  She also worked in technology roles supporting customers at First Union which is now a part of Wells Fargo and at Bank of America.  Most recently she was the Chief Information Officer for President George W. Bush.  Theresa was the first woman to hold the position of CIO at the White House.  She has a cybersecurity consulting practice.

Honors: Theresa was recently honored with the 2009 Charlotte Women in Business award from the Charlotte Business Journal.  She also found serving the country while working at the White House a true honor.

She is a former recipient of other regional awards including Charlotte's 40 Under 40, Five Outstanding North Carolinians, Ten Outstanding Young Charlotteans, and Charlotte's Woman of the Year.

Family: Husband, Chris.  Sons Kieran and Aidan.  Daughter Maeve.

Favorite Food: I am addicted to the Green Tea smoothie from the East Blvd Carolina Smoothies and protein bars, especially Power Crunch.

They are my favorite on the go foods!

Hobbies: Theresa loves to go hiking in the mountains, running, and

just about anything outdoors.