Investar Welcomes James Cochrane as New Tuscaloosa Market President

Investar Welcomes James Cochrane as New Tuscaloosa Market President

May 5, 2023

Baton Rouge, LA., May 5, 2023 Investar Bank, National Association (NASDAQ: ISTR) (“Investar”) is pleased to announce its expansion into Tuscaloosa, AL, and has named James Cochrane as Tuscaloosa Market President. Cochrane comes to Investar with more than 20 years of banking experience in the commercial market and has held leadership positions with First State Bank of the South, First US Bank and Regions Bank.      

“We could not be more excited to welcome James to Investar. He has extensive banking experience, invaluable knowledge of the Tuscaloosa area, and a successful history of cultivating strong client relationships,” said Stephen Wessel, Regional President/EVP. “James is a native of Tuscaloosa, so combining his community involvement, entrepreneurial spirit, and a true gift for connecting with others, he is the right market leader to help us build the Investar brand,” continued Wessel.

A native of Tuscaloosa, AL, Cochrane earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama. He is active in several area charitable organizations and is currently Chairman-Elect for the Central-West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross.



 Photo Caption: James Cochrane, Tuscaloosa Market President, Investar Bank


Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: ISTR), the parent company of wholly-owned subsidiary Investar Bank, National Association (“Investar”), had total assets of approximately $2.8 billion as of March 31, 2023. Investar is a full-service community bank headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., offering extensive banking products and services for individuals and businesses for more than 16 years. The Bank has 28 branches serving several markets across south Louisiana, Texas and Alabama. Investar Bank NMLS ID# 481188. Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. To learn more, visit