Ms. Cherco served as Chief Financial Officer of Investar Bank from 2006 to October 2015, when she assumed the role of Chief Accounting Officer of the Company and the Bank, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Company and the Cashier of the Bank. Prior to 2006, Ms. Cherco was the Chief Financial Officer of United Community Bank from its chartering in 1998 until 2005.
In August 2015, Mr. Finnan was promoted to the Consumer and Business Banking President. He served as Chief Operations Officer of Investar Bank from 2009 to July 2015. From 2008 to 2009, he served as our Consumer Lending Manager. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Finnan was employed by Hibernia National Bank/Capital One as its Indirect Servicing Manager from 2005 through 2007.
Mr. Hufft joined the Bank in February 2014 as its Chief Accounting Officer. In October 2015, he assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer of the Company and the Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Hufft served as the Vice President of Accounting at Amedisys, Inc., a publicly-traded home health and hospice company, from 2005 to February 2014. Mr. Hufft, a licensed certified public accountant, also spent seven years in public accounting, serving both public and privately-held clients in the banking, healthcare and manufacturing sectors.
Mr. Kassmeier serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Investar Bank. From 1990 to 2006, he was Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Hibernia National Bank, New Orleans, Louisiana. Following his employment at Hibernia National Bank, Mr. Kassmeier practiced law in New Orleans, advising several community banks.
Mr. Lavergne has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer since March, 2013. He joined the Bank in July 2012 as our Chief Risk Management Officer, which position he stillholds. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Lavergne was a Senior Examiner at the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions from September, 2005 to July, 2012. As an examiner, he primarily conducted safety and soundness examinations of Louisiana-chartered banks and bank holding companies located in the Baton Rouge region.
Mr. Babin joined the Bank in July, 2015 as its Chief Operations Officer, responsible for leading the advancement of workflow improvements and efficiency. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Babin served as Chief Information Officer of a large local bank headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He brings Investar over 20 years of banking experience to this bank.