Bank Executive changing career
Pirate Engineer Profile: Thomas Attayek Deaton (Tad) decided to leave his career as a Bank Executive to major in engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering at East Carolina University. Tad graduated from South Johnston High School in Four Oaks, North Carolina in 2000 and then attended West Virginia Wesleyan College (Buckhannon, WV) on a golf scholarship. He completed his BS in Marketing from WVWC in May of 2004, and then participated in a few professional golf tournaments after graduation. After deciding to put the clubs away, Tad entered the workforce as a Personal Banker with RBC Bank in Raleigh, NC. He was ultimately promoted to Market Executive for RBC in charge of all Personal and Business banking in the Smithfield, NC area. While he enjoyed his career, Tad’s true passion was outside of the banking world. He volunteered as a fireman for the town of Smithfield. In addition, he served as member of the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County Board of Directors, where he also tutored children in Math. Tad decided to use his love math and science to begin pursuing his degree in engineering. Tad plans to complete his degree in May 2012 and go on to graduate school where he plans to conduct biomedical engineering research. During the remainder of his time at ECU, he will conduct engineering research, developing and evaluating biomaterials with ECU Engineering faculty member Stephanie Sullivan advising. Tad’s wife of two years, Caroline, is a graduate student at ECU earning a Master’s Degree in History.