Mr. Berry founded Gateway Financial Holdings, Inc. in 1998. He is a native of Hertford, North Carolina. He attended Chowan College, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Banking, and a Graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Mr. Berry began his banking career in 1977 as a management trainee with Peoples Bank & Trust Company (now RBC Centura) in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. While at Centura, Mr. Berry held a number of management positions in various cities throughout eastern North Carolina. He served as Regional Executive for Centura Bank covering northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia before leaving in March of 1998 to form Gateway Bank.
Mr. Berry currently serves on the American Bankers Association Government Relations Council and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Bankers Association. He has previously served as a member of the Community Bankers Council of the American Bankers Association and serves on numerous local civic boards.