Business North Carolina’s June 2021 magazine spotlights the state’s critical financial industry with lists of the largest banks, credit unions and money managers based in the state. A feature describes First Bank CEO Mike Mayer’s career path from helping launch Bank of America in Florida in the 1980s to his current post leading the state’s biggest community lender. The issue also features Pembroke’s Aaron Thomas, who has built the largest minority-owned general contracting business in state history. Other stories describe the state’s best employers, who are rated based on their innovative workplace practices. Other features explain the growing increase in cryotherapy, how N.C. brewers are using sustainable business practices and the successful strategy of one of the state’s few remaining small-town department stores.The monthly Town Square feature highlights Kill Devil Hills, the Dare County town where the Wright Brothers made their first successful flight.