Investar Expands Public Finance Expertise

Investar Expands Public Finance Expertise

November 30, 2021

Welcome Mary Guidry, Public Finance Director/Commercial Relationship Manager

Baton Rouge, La. Investar Bank, National Association (“Investar”) recently hired Mary Guidry as its Public Finance Director and Commercial Relationship Manager in Lafayette, La. Guidry joins Investar from Iberia Bank where she was a Senior Commercial Relationship Banker and Institutional Segment Manager. Over her 35-year career in financial services, she has held various banking titles in lending, treasury management, credit and audit at First National Bank of Lafayette and Bank One.   

As Public Finance Director and Commercial Relationship Manager, Guidry is responsible for managing, growing and maintaining the Bank’s public finance portfolio along with an individual commercial loan and deposit portfolio while providing the highest level of customer service. Guidry will also provide guidance related to public finance credit policy and multifaceted financing arrangements within her new role.

“Mary brings her vast knowledge of public finance to Investar. She is one the most knowledgeable and respected authorities in the public finance arena in the State of Louisiana,” Jeff Blum, Western Region and C&I Banking President, Investar, said. “With her expertise and leadership, I am excited to see how Mary will help Investar further diversify our loan portfolio and add an additional revenue stream for the Bank,” continued Blum.

Guidry is a native of Rayne, and has worked her entire career in the Lafayette market. She is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (known today as ULL) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a major in Accounting; following graduation she obtained her CPA certificate. Guidry is a member of the following organizations: Louisiana Government Finance Officers Association, founding member and current President of the Louisiana Chapter of Women in Public Finance, Acadiana Chapter of American Heart Association (AHA) and the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. She is a past Board member and President of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited and Rotary Club of Lafayette. She was recently recognized by the Acadiana Chapter of AHA as Woman of Impact in 2021 and was previously named Rotarian of the Year in 1997.

Photo Caption:  Mary Guidry, Public Finance Director/Commercial Relationship Manager/SVP, Investar


Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: ISTR), parent company of wholly-owned subsidiary Investar Bank, National Association (“Investar”), had total assets of approximately $2.7 billion as of September 30, 2021. Investar is a full-service community bank headquartered in Baton Rouge, La. offering extensive banking products and services for individuals and businesses for 15 years. The Bank has 33 branches serving several markets across South Louisiana, Texas and Alabama. Investar Bank NMLS ID# 481188. Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. To learn more, visit