JD BANCSHARES, INC. APPOINTS BRUCE W. ELDER PRESIDENT & CEO OF JD BANK AND JD BANCSHARES, INC

JD Bank President/CEO Bruce Elder

JD Bank President/CEO Bruce ElderJennings, La.- The Board of Directors of JD Bancshares, Inc. announces that Bruce W. Elder, a 35-year commercial bank executive, has been selected President & CEO of JD Bank and JD Bancshares, Inc. Elder, a North Carolina resident, comes to JD Bank from CresCom Bank, headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina. In this role, Elder will lead day-to-day operations and strategic direction of JD Bank. Dan L. Donald Jr., Interim President & CEO, will remain in his role as Chairman of the Board for JD Bank and JD Bancshares.

“Bruce is the right person to lead JD Bank into the future. With his vast community banking experience and leadership, he will be a vital asset to the JD Bank team,” said Dan L. Donald Jr., JD Bank Chairman of the Board. “He understands the unique needs and challenges of community banks and we are fortunate to find a leader with Bruce’s talent and experience.”

For the past two years, Elder has served as the Strategy Officer and the President of North Carolina Banking for CresCom Bank. He joined CresCom in November 2017 as a result of CresCom’s acquisition of First South Bank headquartered in Washington, NC. He served as the President and CEO of First South from September 2012 through October 2017 and helped guide the bank through a period of high growth and profitability.

“I have spent most of my professional career working for community banks and the opportunity to join the team at JD Bank is exciting and the possibilities numerous as the banking environment in Louisiana has been recently disrupted by two large bank mergers,” said Elder. “I look forward to helping Louisiana’s Community Bank to grow profitably and efficiently while continuing to honor the community bank values upon which JD Bank was founded.”

Prior to joining First South, Elder spent 13 years as the Chief Financial Officer for Crescent State Bank in Cary, NC. He helped form Crescent in 1998 and served on the executive management team as the bank grew from one location and $11 million in total assets to 15 locations and $1 billion prior to its acquisition by Piedmont Community Bank Holdings in November 2011.

He began his banking career in 1984 as an internal auditor working for two regional financial institutions. Elder also has two years of experience in external audit and tax preparation having worked in public accounting for bank and construction industry clients. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of North Carolina and the Commonwealth of Virgina.

Elder is a 1984 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He enjoys watching college football and basketball games, playing golf and tennis, riding bicycles and participating in community-sponsored events. He and his wife of 30 years, Sherry, currently live in Raleigh, NC and have three grown children, two grandchildren and a dog. Elder serves as a Director for the Beaufort County, NC Committee of 100 (an economic development organization) and is a member of Church on Morgan (United Methodist Church) and 100 Men Who Give a Damn (a funding vehicle for deserving not-for-profit organizations in Wake County, NC) in Raleigh, NC.

 

About JD Bank

 

Founded in 1947, JD Bank, Louisiana’s Community Bank, offers
personal and business banking services across Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana,
and the latest in online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com or
call 800-789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

 

JD Bank Community Bankers Complete Leadership School

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Lake Charles, La.- Chris Credeur, AVP/ A/R and Inventory Financing Department Manager, and Carnishia Davis, Universal Banker, of JD Bank in Jennings, successfully completed the 2019 Leadership School, “Growing our Next Generation of Leaders”, a six-month program that included online course work and five instructor-led sessions focused on developing leadership skills and enhancing knowledge in various areas of banking.

The program provided by the Louisiana Bankers Association and held in Baton Rouge at The Bankers Center, hosts students from all over the state. The 2019 session marked the 10th year of the program. The Louisiana Bankers Association is the professional trade association for commercial banks and thrifts in Louisiana. Founded in 1900, the LBA works to provide advocacy, communication, education and other services to its member institutions, and to provide banking information to the general public.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank, Louisiana’s Community Bank, offers
personal and business banking services across Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana,
and the latest in online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com or
call 800-789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

JD Bank Announces Promotions and New Assignments

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Jennings, La.- President Dan Donald and the JD Bank management team congratulate the following employees on their promotions and new assignments:

Rochelle Mallett has been promoted to VP/Regional Manager. Rochelle has over 24 years of banking experience where she has worked as a New Account Representative, Consumer Loan Processor, Commercial Loan Assistant, and Branch Manager/Consumer Lender. Rochelle will oversee seven (7) branches.

Gail Brame has been assigned to SVP/Regional Manager. Gail has over 30 years of banking experience where she has held the positions of Branch Manager, Consumer Lender, and Commercial Lender. Gail will oversee four (4) branches along with her Commercial Lending role.

Angel Papadimitriou has been assigned to SVP/Training and Development Manager. Angel has over 40 years of banking experience, working most of that time in Retail Operations. In her new position, she will coordinate and facilitate training for new and current employees on the teller and new accounts software systems, along with providing training on policies and procedures. Angel will also administer the JD Bank Mentor Program, Continuing Education Training, as well as supporting bank operations.

Megan Forrester has been promoted to AVP/Branch Manager-Kirby Office. Megan has over 12 years of banking experience where she has worked as a Teller, New Accounts Representative, Loan Associate, Loan Review Associate and Assistant Branch Manager/Consumer Lender.

Ne Tanya Chevalier has been promoted to AVP/Credit Analyst – Kirby Office. Tan began her career with JD Bank in 2014 as a Management Trainee and has worked in various areas of the bank including Credit Analysis, Loan Ops, and Operations. Tan will be an addition to the existing credit analysis staff, whose primary function is to prepare credit packages for Board consideration.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank, Louisiana’s Community Bank, offers
personal and business banking services across Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana,
and the latest in online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com or
call 800-789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Experienced Community Banker Appointed to Manage Opelousas Branch

Opelousas, La.- Elaina LeBlanc has been appointed AVP/Branch Manager of the Opelousas Branch, said JD Bank President & CEO Boyd R. Boudreaux. LeBlanc has more than 30 years in banking in Louisiana, and now she calls St. Landry Parish home. She was most recently employed by Hancock-Whitney Bank.

Boudreaux says LeBlanc’s appointment makes it possible for Tina Vidrine (who previously served as branch manager) time to focus on commercial lending through her vast network of customers in the Opelousas area. “Tina and Elaina make an incredible team in the Opelousas market. We are pleased to have someone with Elaina’s skillset and experience join our team of community bankers. She has held every position there is to hold at a bank branch,” Boudreaux added.

LeBlanc says she started as a “batch clerk,” recalling a time when she would validate each teller’s batch of transactions two times with a manual calculator. Since her early days in banking, LeBlanc has worked as a teller, also in loan review, credit analysis, commercial lending, and consumer lending. “

I love helping our customers, walking them through the steps of homeownership, opening their business, seeing their business grow, or just taking the time to understand their individual situation to help them get where THEY want to be,” said LeBlanc. “I’m so excited to join the team at JD Bank at the Opelousas Branch,” she added.

LeBlanc is very involved in community service, having volunteered for work with St. Landry-Evangeline United Way, Opelousas Boys and Girls Club, and Girl Scouts. Elaina has been married to her husband, Brent, for 21 years, and they have one son who attends high school in St. Landry parish.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank, Louisiana’s Community Bank, offers personal and business banking services across Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana, and the latest in online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com or call 800-789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Lake Arthur Branch Manager Vicki Ryder Retiring After 41 Years, Community Welcomes Connie Tregle

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Lake Arthur, La.- After an impressive 41-year career with JD Bank, Lake Arthur Branch Manager Vicki Ryder is retiring. A great cook, a spirited community volunteer known for her customer service, Ryder has been a fixture in community banking in Lake Arthur. “Congratulations to Vicki on her many successful years with us. She’s touched so many thousands of customers over four decades, we all will miss her, and we certainly hope she enjoys her well-deserved retirement,” said President & CEO Boyd R. Boudreaux. “We also welcome our newest member of the JD Bank team.”

Experienced community banker Connie Tregle has been appointed Lake Arthur branch manager.  Before joining JD Bank, Tregle worked for almost 30 years in banking in both Cameron and Lake Charles.  She moved to Lake Arthur after Hurricane Rita and embraces the role banks play in their community.

“My dad was a commercial shrimper and I appreciate the challenges and opportunities small businesses face every day. It’s our job to do what we can to help them be successful,” said Tregle. “I just love the feel of working for a community bank, where we are so family oriented. I’m excited to be part of growing community bank and I get to do my job right here at home in Lake Arthur,” added Tregle.

Tregle is a dedicated volunteer during Breast Cancer Awareness month and participates annually in fundraising for the Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Walk.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank, Louisiana’s Community Bank, offers personal and business banking services across Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana, and the latest in online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com or call 800-789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

New Ag Lender in Eunice is a Familiar Face to Local Farmers

Eunice, La.- Acadiana native Elby Derouen has accepted the position of Agriculture and Commercial Lender at the Eunice Branch located at 300 Park Avenue. Born and raised in Ville Platte, Derouen attended McNeese State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science with a concentration on agribusiness.  In this position, Derouen will assist farmers, ranchers and others in the agricultural business with farm loans, equipment financing, operating loans, and lines of credit.

“Elby certainly knows his way around the farm,” said President and CEO Boyd R. Boudreaux. “He worked with a local dealer selling farm equipment throughout the south, so he understands the farmers’ needs and the unique nature of their business. I’m excited he will use that experience to work closely with our community farmers,” Boudreaux added.

“I’ve always been intrigued with farming, and I get to be out on the farm every day,” Derouen said. “I’m looking forward to my job as a commercial lender and agriculture lender with Louisiana’s Community Bank. From day one, we’ve always been about customer service. That’s what builds a business. Farmers have to be on the job, in the field, they have very long days.  To make it convenient for them, sometimes you have to jump in the tractor with them to get business done,” Derouen added.

When not at work, Elby enjoys time with his 6-month-old son, Jacob, and his wife, Jennifer.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank, Louisiana’s Community Bank, offers personal and business banking services across Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana, and the latest in online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com or call 800-789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Lake Charles Native Appointed Senior VP/Chief Credit Officer

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Lake Charles, La.- Marsha Williams, an experienced banker and Lake Charles native has been promoted to the position of Senior VP/Chief Credit Officer. Williams has worked for JD Bank for three years, most recently serving as manager of the Credit Analysis Department. She actually accepted her first banking position more than 27 years ago while a student at McNeese State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Williams has years of experience in credit analysis/commercial loan underwriting and business relationship banking.

After 13 years in banking, Williams relocated from Lake Charles to Houston, where she worked for two of the country’s well-known regional banks. With the intent of being closer to family, she returned to Lake Charles, where her career eventually led her to lending/relationship banking experience with the nation’s largest bank. The opportunity to have more impact in the industry came in the form of a management position at JD Bank. “Working at a community bank allows you to have a true influence on the area in which you live and love,” Williams said. “It allows you to have a stronger impact on your community.  Decisions are made locally, rather than in a large city, with the people you live with and work with on a daily basis and with the needs of those people in mind. At JD Bank, our customers and our community come first,” Williams added.

She also relishes the role of “mom” to her 14-year-old daughter MacKenzie and 11-year-old daughter Delaynie, students at St. Louis Catholic High School and St. Margaret in Lake Charles.

President & CEO Boyd Boudreaux said, “Marsha’s responsibilities will include loan operations for all loan processes, credit analysis involved with underwriting commercial loans, maintaining processes for real estate loans, and accounts receivable and inventory financing. Her experience in the credit analysis and lending divisions of both large and smaller banks will serve her and our customers well. We welcome Marsha as a valuable member of JD Bank’s Executive Management Team.”

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank, Louisiana’s Community Bank, offers personal and business banking services across Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana, and the latest in online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com or call 800-789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Mele Appointed Consumer Credit Policy Manager

The Lake Charles-Kirby branch office of JD Bank can handle all of your banking needs at 535 Kirby St., Lake Charles, LA 70601.

Lake Charles, La.- Sharon Mele, has been promoted to Consumer Credit Policy Manager after 17-years with Louisiana’s Community Bank. In this role Mele’s responsibilities include the development and implementation of credit and lending policies and working with the compliance team on fair lending practices.

Mele has more than 29-years of lending experience and previously served as Vice-President/Office Manager at the Sulphur and Kirby St. branches. “Sharon is one of our most versatile employees,” said President & CEO Boyd R. Boudreaux.  “She has done an excellent job serving on what we call our ‘float staff,’ supporting Commercial Lenders, Commercial Loan Associates, Consumer Lenders and Consumer Loan Associates, and the Mortgage Lending staff,” Boudreaux added. Mele also created and implemented JD Bank’s first mentoring program and training for new lenders and loan associates.

“My passion is to serve our co-workers and the job they do every day with our customers,” Mele said.  “My job is to make their job easier and to make the lending process as smooth as possible for anyone who applies for a loan with us.” Raised in Lake Charles, Mele is a graduate of LaGrange High School.  She’s completed many of the American Banking Association’s continuing education courses for commercial and consumer lending.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank, Louisiana’s Community Bank, offers personal and business banking services across Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana, and the latest in online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com or call 800-789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Veteran Community Banker Appointed Chief Human Resources Officer

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Jennings, La.- Sara Huval, a 30-year Acadiana Banker has joined JD Bank as Chief Human Resources Officer.  A Breaux Bridge native, Huval was hired by JD Bank first as a consultant on human resources matters, then as a full-time employee earlier this year.  “We were very fortunate to find an employee with Sara’s talent and experience in both banking and human resources to join the JD Bank family,” said President & CEO Boyd R. Boudreaux.  “Her duties will include recruiting, benefits management, employee relations and all other aspects of HR.”

Before her appointment, Huval worked at two Acadiana banks over a career that spans three-decades, serving more than 20 years in human resources. Huval has a Bachelor’s Degree in Personnel Management from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

“Our employees and my co-workers are the most caring and family-oriented people.  We are all about customer service, and we truly care for our community.  Did I mention, we work hard too!” added Huval.  She’s also a proud mother of two and beams when her five grandchildren call her “Mee-Maw.”

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank, Louisiana’s Community Bank, offers personal and business banking services across Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana, and the latest in online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com or call 800-789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Local Business Professional Andrea Chachere Tapped to Run Mamou Branch

Mamou, La. –  JD Bank once again turned to the local business community to staff the branch management team, appointing a native of Southwest Louisiana to manage the Mamou Branch. President and CEO Boyd Boudreaux announced the appointment of Iota native and McNeese University graduate Andrea Chachere as Mamou Branch Manager.

“Andrea is a rising young star,” said Boudreaux. “She recently completed the Louisiana Bankers Association Leadership School as well as JD Bank’s Management Training Program and knows the importance of serving customers as a teller, commercial lender, or trust administrator,” Boudreaux added.

Ms. Chachere was a double-major at McNeese, receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in Management and Marketing. She joined the JD Bank family almost four years ago and says she is proud to be part of the team of branch managers at Louisiana’s Community Bank. “I just love that we support the local community and that we are so involved in community activities at each of our 23 branches. JD Bank management also knows family is so important. You are allowed be a mom and a wife and a JD Bank employee and they value that,” said Chachere.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank, Louisiana’s Community Bank, offers personal and business banking services across Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana, and the latest in online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.wpengine.com or call 800-789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.