Laurie Venzon was born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved several times within the northeast before landing outside of Princeton, NJ when she was nine. After graduating high school, she earned a B.S. in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh. Laurie was an Academic All-American in basketball and was the most decorated athlete in the school’s history, having also won honors on the tennis team.
While at CMU, Laurie met John Venzon. After getting married, the couple moved to Charlotte where John worked at IBM and Laurie began her career at NCNB. Laurie worked for the bank for 21 years, helping to build what is now Bank of America. She held numerous positions, including Strategic Sourcing Executive, Compliance and Risk Management Executive, and Corporate Services Relationship Manager. At the time, Laurie was the youngest person to be promoted to Senior Vice President at age 30.
Since retiring in 2006, Laurie has enjoyed spending time with her family, working part-time, and focusing her energy on Davidson. She served on the town’s Planning Board, continued to volunteer at her church, and dedicated her time to a variety of community projects and fund-raising efforts. In 2007, Laurie ran for Town Commissioner and served in that role until 2013. As Commissioner, she was instrumental in revamping the town’s budgeting process, ensuring MI-Connection’s success, and promoting public safety.
Laurie and John moved to Davidson in 1992 and have been actively involved in the community, supporting the Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center, the Ada Jenkins Center, and several other non-profit organizations. They have been married for 31 years and have two children – Christopher, 20 and Kathryn, 19.