Board of Directors
Mr. Hidalgo, the Chairman of our board, is the owner and managing member of Halimar Shipyard, LLC, a shipyard management company in Morgan City, Louisiana, and is an active marine consulting engineer. From May of 1994 to October of 2001, Mr. Hidalgo served as President and CEO of Conrad Industries, Inc. in Morgan City. As with a number of other directors, as a business owner, Mr. Hidalgo is able to add a borrower’s perspective to board discussions. His significant experience owning and operating companies also enables him to help the board efficiently manage the Company’s growth.
Since 1999, Mr. Baker has been the President and CEO of TOPCOR Companies, LLC, a consolidated group of 12 specialty contracting firms servicing the infrastructure and industrial markets, with offices in Houston, Texas, Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Augusta, Georgia and Tampa, Florida. Through his business activities, Mr. Baker brings a strong sense of the business conditions in our market that is valuable to the board. He also understands the capital needs and other challenges that many of our business customers face, and his insights on this topic help us tailor our products and services for business owners.
Since 1971, Mr. Besselman has been a licensed Health, Life and Accident Insurance Professional. He is the former owner of The Besselman & Little Agency, L.L.C. in Baton Rouge,Louisiana, which he sold in April, 2012. Mr. Besselman has also been the owner of H. R. Solutions, L.L.C.,which provides Investar Bank’s payroll processing services, since June, 2006. As a business owner, Mr. Besselman is able to add a borrower’s perspective to board discussions. Mr. Besselman’s extensive relationships in the Baton Rouge community also qualify him to serve on our board.
For over 19 years, Mr. Boyce has owned several convenience stores and three consumer loan and sub-prime auto lending companies in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Consumer loans comprise a significant portion of our lending activities, and Mr. Boyce’s ownership of consumer loan companies allows him to provide sound advice regarding this aspect of our operations. In addition, being located in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, Mr. Boyce’s knowledge of this area helps us shape our policies for this and the other suburban areas of our markets.
Since 1975, Mr. Boyce has been an owner and officer of Louisiana Machinery Co., L.L.C., a Caterpillar distributor located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Boyce’s extensive experience in the Baton Rouge business community, and his significant contacts within the community, qualify him to serve on our board.
For the past five years, Mr. Brignac has served as a founding director of each of Imperial Management Corporation, Imperial Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, ABC Agency Network, Inc., Paragon Insurance Group, Imperial Marketing Corporation, Integrity Underwriters, Inc. and Louisiana General Agency, Inc. Since 1990, Mr. Brignac has been employed in an administrative capacity at Imperial Fire and Casualty Insurance Company. In addition to his extensive business experience, Mr. Brignac’s service as a director of a corporation with broad operations enables him to assist the board in corporate governance matters. In addition, Mr. Brignac resides in Prairieville, Louisiana, and he is thus able to advise the board regarding business conditions in that community.
Mr. D’Angelo has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since the Share Exchange. He has also served as the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer since its organization in 2006. Prior to Investar Bank’s organization, Mr. D’Angelo was manager of the private banking, small business banking, construction lending, brokerage and trust areas of Hibernia National Bank (the predecessor to Capital One Bank, N.A.) for more than six years in the East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, market. From 1996 to 2005, Mr. D’Angelo was president and director of Aegis Lending Corporation, a company with lending operations in 46 states and the District of Columbia. As one of the founders of the Bank and its current Chief Executive Officer, Mr. D’Angelo has a detailed understanding of our history, current operations and future plans and strategies. His extensive banking experience is an additional qualification to serve on our board.
Judge Freeman is retired. From 1968-80, Judge Freeman was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and from 1980 to 1988 he served as the Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana. From 1990 to 1996, he was a judge in Iberville Parish, Louisiana. Judge Freeman is qualified to serve on our board on account of his broad experience in leadership positions, as well as his active involvement in civic endeavors in the Baton Rouge area. In addition, his judicial background allows him to bring a legal point of view to the risks and challenges we face.
Mr. Joffrion has been a licensed general contractor since 1979. Since 2006, he has been the General Manager of Joffrion Construction, Inc. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Joffrion’s long-standing business and personal relationships in Baton Rouge area, as well as his strong sense of the business conditions in Baton Rouge, qualify him to serve on the board.
Mr. Lukinovich is a board certified tax attorney and a board certified estate planning and administration attorney. He has been president of his law firm, David J. Lukinovich, APLC, since 1995. Mr. Lukinovich’s extensive knowledge of tax matters provides the board with valuable insight regarding the tax implications of our strategies. Also, Mr. Lukinovich’s legal practice gives him insight regarding the issues that are important to our individual customers.
Ms. Middleton is the Chief Financial Officer of Credit One, LLC, a debt buying and collection company based in Metairie, Louisiana. She has held such position since April, 1999. As a chief financial officer, Ms. Middleton is able to use her understanding of financial and accounting matters to help us shape our business plans. Also, her knowledge of New Orleans area allows her to provide insight regarding our growth plans in this market.
Dr. Nelson is a board certified gastroenterologist. He has been a practicing partner with Gastroenterology Associates in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, since 1997. In addition to the different perspective on our banking operations that Dr. Nelson’s background as a physician gives him, Dr. Nelson is also a small business owner and adds this viewpoint to board discussions.
Since 2002, Mr. Schneider has served as the Chief Information Officer of Gray and Company Inc., the parent entity of multiple companies that engage in oil and gas exploration, property and casualty insurance and property management, among other activities, headquartered in Metairie, Louisiana. Since February, 2014, he has also served as the presiding manager of Denkmann Interests, a collection of privately-held businesses headquartered in Flowood, Mississippi, that engage in land management, forestry, commercial real estate and oil and gas production. Mr. Schneider is also an adjunct instructor at the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University and serves on a number of non-profit boards. Mr. Schneider’s significant business experience, as well as his longstanding business and personal relationships in New Orleans, qualify him to serve on our board.
Mr. Walker has been the Chief Financial Officer of JP Oil Holdings, LLC since 1996. JP Oil Holdings, headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, is an oil and gas exploration and production company operating nearly 200 active wells across several states. In addition to his understanding of financial matters resulting from his business experience, Mr. Walker knowledge and contacts in Lafayette help us to develop our strategies to further expand our presence in this area.