JD Bank Helps Vietnam Veterans Replace Stolen Items Used for Patriotic Ceremonies

JENNINGS, La. – In February, the unthinkable happened to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1058. Vandals stole the trailer where many of the veterans’ flags, banners and other valuables used for patriotic ceremonies are stored. The damaged trailer was eventually recovered by law enforcement, but the precious items used by VVA Chapter 1058 for events throughout Jeff Davis Parish, including the Fallen Warrior Ceremony, were lost forever.

“This VVA Chapter provides such a valuable service to our community, delivering gift baskets for veterans in local nursing homes, attending funerals in uniforms and always being there when asked. It is disgraceful what happened and JD Bank is honored to be able to replace the stolen,” “said Boyd Boudreaux, President & CEO of JD Bank.

JD Bank obtained a list of the stolen items from Chapter Treasurer George Conner and delivered a check for $5,000 to replace the items. “We’re so grateful to JD Bank for stepping up to help us,” Conner said. “Our veterans are all about continuing our public service and this made it possible for us to get back to helping our fellow veterans very quickly,” Conner added.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947 and celebrating more than 70 years as Louisiana’s Community Bank, JD Bank offers personal and business banking services with locations 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.

Tips For If Disaster Strikes

Source: Better Business Bureau Serving Southwest Louisiana, Inc.

The Better Business Bureau and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation offer these tips on what to have ready if a disaster should strike without warning:

Forms of Identification: These include driver’s licenses, medical insurance cards, Social Security cards, passports and birth certificates. While it is best to have originals, it is also important to have copies, in case originals are misplaced or destroyed.

Checks and Deposit Slips: Even if you rarely write checks, consider having your checking account number handy. That way you can authorize an important payment over the phone. If you do rely on checks, have enough blank checks and deposit slips to last a month or so.

ATM Cards, Debit Cards and Credit Cards: These cards give you access to cash and the ability to make payments on outstanding bills. Make sure you know your PIN numbers; do not write them down or carry them with the cards!

Cash: ATMs in affected areas may not be functioning, so it is a good idea to have cash available for necessary purchases. The amount will depend on the size of your family, your expected financial needs and your ability to use debit or credit cards to make purchases.

Phone Numbers for Financial Service Providers: Make a list of the local and toll-free numbers for your bank, credit card companies, mortgage lender, brokerage firms and insurance companies. You may need to contact these providers to defer a payment, replace lost cards or open a new account.

Account Numbers: These would include bank and brokerage account numbers, credit card numbers and auto and homeowner’s insurance policy numbers. Copy the front and back of your credit cards.

Safe Deposit Box Key: You cannot get into your safe deposit box without your key, no matter what forms of identification you present.

After you have gathered this information, store it in a safe, protected place. Do not leave it out in the open or in an unlocked drawer. Some identity theft victims have been “robbed” by family members or workers within their homes.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947 and celebrating 70 years as Louisiana’s Community BankTM, JD Bank offers personal and business banking services with locations 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.

Vacation Safety & Security Tips For Your Family From JD Bank

JD Bank For Summer Vacation Fun

The kids are out of school, the inflatable pool is warming up in the backyard, and the mosquitos are stopping by in the evening to say hello! Yes, it is finally summer! That means it is time for the exodus to the pools and beaches. But before you hit the road for Wally World, you might take a moment to think about home and family security.

Social media is a great place to post vacation photos, but don’t post them until AFTER you return home. Posting photos or comments like “We are having a great time wrasslin’ crocs and sampling the fried gopher here in St. Oakmite, and glad we won’t be back at work for another week!” might as well tell criminals “Hey, we won’t be home for a few more days so help yourself to our belongings.” I know, you wouldn’t do that, but will your kids? If you use an “out of office” notification in your email or voicemail, you might consider not referencing vacation plans there, either.

Vacation tips from JD Bank

Before you hit the road, you may also consider taking all the credit cards, membership cards, ID’s, etc. out of your purse or wallet and take inventory. In the event your purse or wallet is lost or stolen it will be a lot easier to notify all the credit card companies and such if you know who to contact. A quick and easy way to do this is to take a photocopy of them (or a photo with your phone, IF you don’t keep your phone in your purse). Get images of both sides, since the contact info is usually on the reverse side.

Remove garage door opener remotes from vehicles parked outside or at airport lots. Most people have their home addresses somewhere in their vehicle (look in the glove compartment and see if you find your home address), and if you have a removable remote control in your car it is a simple matter for a criminal to break into the car and find your home address, then take the remote that will let them into your home.

If you have any hidden keys under a mat, behind a planter, under a rock, etc. then remove it. Most hiding spots are not as clever as we all want to believe, and a practiced criminal will find it.

Finally, do what you can to make your home look inhabited. Have a friend put out the trash, take in the newspaper (tell your kids what that is), have lights on timers, and maybe have a radio playing inside the house.

And don’t forget the bug spray. Have a great trip, and send us your worst vacation photos!

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947 and celebrating 70 years as Louisiana’s Community BankTM, JD Bank offers personal and business banking services with 24 locations 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.

JD Bank Promotes Will Hetzel to Jennings Assistant Vice President/Office Manager

JENNINGS, La. – JD Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Will Hetzel to Assistant Vice President and Office Manager of JD Bank in Jennings. In this position, Hetzel will oversee the daily operations, staff and customer service of the JD Bank branches in Jennings.

Hetzel has served as Assistant Manager/Operations of the Jennings branches since November. He joined JD Bank as part of the bank’s Management Training Program in early 2016, gaining work experience in every department.

“Will quickly became a successful and respected member of our organization,” said JD Bank President & CEO Boyd R. Boudreaux. “His dedication and concern is appreciated by our customers and those in the community. Rewarding excellent employees is one of our main principles, and Will has earned this promotion.”

In 2016, Hetzel graduated from the Louisiana Banking Association Leadership School, a six-month educational program in Baton Rouge that develops management skills and knowledge in various areas of commercial banking. He is also a member of Leadership Excel, an annual development program of the Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce designed to prepare emerging civic leaders.

Hetzel was recently elected the Vice President of the Jennings Kiwanis Club. He graduated from McNeese State in 2013, where as an undergraduate he served as an ambassador of the university as a member of the Blue and Gold Peer Leader program. Hetzel is a native of Jennings and graduate of Hathaway High School.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947 and celebrating 70 years as Louisiana’s Community BankTM, JD Bank offers personal and business banking services with 24 locations 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.

JD Bank Welcomes Lara James Mortgage Loan Originator In Lake Charles

JENNINGS, La. – JD Bank is pleased to announce and welcome Lara James as Mortgage Loan Originator. She is an established, well-known home lender in the Lake Charles area and she is located in the JD Bank MorganField Branch Office.

In this position, James will develop and maintain relationships with realtors, builders and area developers, and also provide individualized service to customers applying for mortgage loans. Her background includes servicing the financing for conventional, FHA, VA, USDA and Rural Development loans, as well as helping first-time homebuyers.

“Lara brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in many different aspects of mortgage lending,” said Boyd R. Boudreaux, President & CEO of JD Bank. “She has hit the ground running to make sure the needs of our community are met promptly, and she will be an asset to our customers as we continue to grow.”

Prior to joining JD Bank, James worked as a Mortgage Loan Officer and has over 10 years of experience working with mortgages and customers in Southwest Louisiana.

James has lived in the Lake Charles area for over two decades and attended McNeese State. She is a member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church and is heavily involved in the church and school community. She’s also a member of Kiwanis of Contraband, and a former member of the Junior League of Lake Charles. James has also been involved in a variety of projects helping the community as an affiliate of the Southwest Louisiana Association of Realtors.

The JD Bank MorganField Branch Office is located at 4989 E. McNeese St. in Lake Charles.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947 and celebrating 70 years as Louisiana’s Community BankTM, JD Bank offers personal and business banking services with 24 locations 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.

Lisa Johnson Joins JD Bank As VP Mortgage Loan Department Manager

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1490215048822{margin-top: 60px !important;}”][vc_column][mk_padding_divider size=”300″][vc_column_text]JENNINGS, La. – JD Bank is pleased to announce and welcome Lisa Johnson as Vice President Mortgage Loan Department Manager. In this position, Johnson will be responsible for all of the operational aspects of the mortgage department, including originating loans, leading the team of lenders, developing new opportunities and customer support.

Johnson is a lifelong resident of Southwest Louisiana, and she has an in-depth knowledge of mortgage loan operations and procedures. She has spent the last 10 years as a Loan Originator in the Lake Charles area with American Mortgage Connection, and she has a wide range of experience in all types of mortgage loans, including FHA, VA, conventional, USDA and other products to benefit customers.

“Lisa brings to our team extensive expertise in mortgages, and we are excited to welcome her to JD Bank,” said JD Bank President & CEO Boyd R. Boudreaux. “Her knowledge and energy are exceptional additions to our organization. Lisa has a great background in finding solutions for people and providing the best results possible for her customers.”

Johnson will be located in the JD Bank Morganfield Branch Office at 4989 E. McNeese St. in Lake Charles. She is a member of Chamber SWLA, and has been involved in various projects helping the community as an affiliate of the Southwest Louisiana Association of Realtors. Johnson and her family are members of the St. Theodore Catholic Church in Moss Bluff.

“I’m excited about joining JD Bank and letting people who are looking to buy or build a home as well as realtors know all of the programs and products that we have available,” said Johnson. “We have a lot of options that we can deliver that people might not be aware of. JD Bank will put our resources and experience to work to help people reach their goals – whether they are buying a house, building a new home or refinancing.”

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947 and celebrating 70 years as Louisiana’s Community BankTM, JD Bank offers personal and business banking services with 24 locations 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.

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Sandra Burnette Is New JD Bank Branch Manager in Kinder

JD Bank Press Release Jennings

JENNINGS, La. – JD Bank is pleased to announce and welcome Sandra Burnette as Branch Manager of the Kinder Branch Office. Burnette is responsible for leading the office’s daily operations, ensuring customer satisfaction and maintaining and developing a dedicated staff.

Burnette is a native of Baltimore, Md. who has lived in Kinder for over three years. She is a banking leader with a background in management, building relationships and finding financial solutions for businesses and personal customers. Burnette will also serve as a consumer lender for individuals and families – for cars, boats, travel, home improvement or any need.

“Sandra has a proven track record and great perspective in banking,” said Boyd R. Boudreaux, President & CEO of JD Bank. “We welcome Sandra to our team and know that she will provide excellent service to the Kinder community.”

Burnette’s background includes an extended period working in several capacities for Bank of America in Maryland, and recently serving as the Branch Manager of a Capital One branch in Lake Charles. Her husband, Tyler, is a native of Kinder and a network engineer at a company in the region.

The Burnette family are members of Grace Community Church and have two young sons.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947 and celebrating 70 years as Louisiana’s Community BankTM, JD Bank offers personal and business banking services with 24 locations 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.

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JD Bank Promotes Angel Mefford To Sr. VP Regional Manager

JD Bank Press Release Jennings

JENNINGS, La. – JD Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Angel Mefford to Sr. Vice President Regional Manager. She will continue to serve as Branch Manager of the Kirby St. office in Lake Charles and will now also supervise the JD Bank locations at McNeese, Moss Bluff, Hwy 14 and Morganfield.

“Angel’s work ethic, banking knowledge, spirit and dedication are exceptional,” said Boyd Boudreaux, President & CEO of JD Bank. “With this promotion, Angel’s experience and ability will benefit our customers and employees across the region.”

Mefford has 35 years of banking experience in the Lake Charles area. She will continue in her consumer lending responsibilities at the Kirby location while also focusing on supporting the operations, policy and procedures of JD Bank throughout the region.

“We are growing so fast at JD Bank, and I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Mefford said. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished at Kirby and excited about what we’ll accomplish in this region. We are all solution minded, and that’s what makes working together so gratifying.”

A native of Lake Charles, Mefford is a lifetime member of the Women’s Commission of SWLA, Inc. She is also a Board Member of the Contraband Days Festival and a member of the Healthy Woman Advisory Council for the Lake Area Medical Center.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank is Louisiana’s Community BankTM, a full-service bank offering personal and business services with 24 locations across southwest Louisiana and online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.wpengine.com or call (800) 789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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JD Bank Promotes Ryan Vidrine to VP/Commercial Lender

JD Bank Press Release Jennings

JENNINGS, La. – JD Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Ryan Vidrine to Vice President/Commercial Lender at the Eunice branch office.

Vidrine is a Eunice native with a wide range of experience in banking including at JD Bank. He will expand his relationships with the existing portfolio of clients he has established, as well as generate new lending opportunities and help businesses across southwest Louisiana reach their goals.

“We know there is an opportunity to help the business community in the region experience significant growth,” said Boyd Boudreaux, President & CEO of JD Bank. “Ryan will be working with commercial customers daily, and structuring loans to meet their needs.”

Vidrine joined JD Bank in 2013 after serving as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operations Officer at Guaranty Bank for three years. With ambitions to be directly involved with JD Bank customers, Vidrine attended and graduated from the American Banking Association National Commercial Lending School held at Southern Methodist University. He has worked in commercial lending since January, with a client base that already includes local businesses in the seafood, real estate and energy industries.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank is Louisiana’s Community BankTM, a full-service bank offering personal and business services with 24 locations across southwest Louisiana and online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.wpengine.com or call (800) 789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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JD Bank Promotes Kitty Jo Deshotel to Eunice Branch Manager

JD Bank Press Release Jennings

JENNINGS, La. – JD Bank is pleased to announce Kitty Jo Deshotel has been promoted to Vice President Branch Manager of the Eunice branch office. Deshotel has transferred to Eunice after having served as JD Bank’s Vice President Assistant Branch Manager/Consumer Lender for the Ville Platte branch since 2013.

In addition to managing the branch’s daily operations, Deshotel will service and expand relationships in consumer lending and generate new opportunities for those seeking personal and real estate loans for any need. She has served in various capacities in the banking industry for 14 years.

“Kitty Jo is a valuable member of our organization with extensive experience in personal banking, and she understands how much the people in this region value community banking and local relationships,” said JD Bank President & CEO Boyd Boudreaux. “She’s a great fit for the position and we’re thrilled to have her take over our branch office in Eunice.”

Deshotel is a native of Vidrine and graduated from McNeese State University in finance. She is on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Ville Platte and a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Evangeline Parish.

About JD Bank

Founded in 1947, JD Bank is Louisiana’s Community BankTM, a full-service bank offering personal and business services with 24 locations across southwest Louisiana and online and mobile banking. For more information, visit www.jdbank.wpengine.com or call (800) 789-5159. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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