Board of Directors

William H. Hidalgo, Sr.

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Chairman of the Board
Member of the Enterprise Risk Committee
Member of the Executive Committee
Member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee
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 1994 to October 2001, Mr. Hidalgo served as President and CEO of Conrad Industries, Inc., a publicly-traded marine vessel and offshore drilling component construction company in Morgan City. Mr. Hidalgo’s experience as president and CEO of a public company provides the board with knowledge of matters relevant to the successful management of a public company. 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.

James M. Baker

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Member of the Audit Committee
Chairperson of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee
Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee

Since 1999, Mr. Baker has served as 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, Augusta, Georgia and Tampa, Florida. In 2016, Mr. Baker sold the assets of the firms to Structural Group, LLC, a privately held firm, where he is now employed as the Vice President of a new operating entity called Structural TOPCOR, LLC. Through his business activities, Mr. Baker brings a strong sense of the business conditions in our markets 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.

Thomas C. Besselman, Sr.

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Member of the Executive Committee
Member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee 
Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee

Since 1971, Mr. Besselman has been a licensed Health, Life and Accident Insurance Professional and has worked as a benefits consultant for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., an insurance brokerage and risk management services firm, since 2012. 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 is involved in various other businesses as the founder or as a partner. As a businessman, 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.

James H. Boyce, III

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Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee
For over 20 years, Mr. Boyce has owned several convenience stores and three consumer loan and sub-prime auto lending companies in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. In 2021, he combined these three finance companies into one company, Preferred Loans, LLC. Consumer loans comprise a 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. He also brings an institutional knowledge to the Bank due to his tenure on the board. Mr. Boyce is the cousin of Robert M. Boyce, Sr., one of our directors nominated for re-election at our 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

Robert M. Boyce, Sr.

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Member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee 
Chairperson of the Compliance Committee
Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee
Mr. Boyce is retired, having sold his interest in Louisiana Machinery Company, L.L.C., a Caterpillar distributor located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in August 2014. From 1975 until August 2014, Mr. Boyce was an owner and officer of Louisiana Machinery Co., L.L.C. 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. Mr. Boyce is the cousin of James H. Boyce, one of our directors nominated for re-election at our 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

John J. D'Angelo

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Chairperson of the Executive Committee
Member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee
Mr. D’Angelo has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since our organization as a bank holding company in 2013. He has also served as the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer since its organization in 2006. Prior to the 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, 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 the founder 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.

Robert Chris Jordan

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Mr. Jordan, a resident of New Iberia, Louisiana, has served as Managing Member of Vermillion Business Group since 1989. Vermillion Business Group develops properties for several Fortune 500 companies and also develops gated and non-gated subdivisions and industrial parks. Mr. Jordan is also involved in numerous civic and non-profit associations in the Lafayette, Louisiana region. Mr. Jordan’s extensive experience in the Lafayette business community, and his significant contacts within the community, qualify him to serve on our board.

Gordon H. Joffrion, III

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Member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee
Chairperson of the Enterprise Risk Committee

Mr. Joffrion has worked as a licensed general contractor since 1979. Since 2006, he has served as the General Manager of Joffrion Construction, Inc., a commercial and residential construction business in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Joffrion’s long-standing business and personal relationships in the Baton Rouge area, as well as his strong sense of the business conditions in Baton Rouge, qualify him to serve on the board.

David J. Lukinovich

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Financial Expert
Chairperson of the Audit Committee
Member of the Compliance Committee
Chairperson of the Nominating and Governance Committee
Mr. Lukinovich is a board certified tax attorney and a board certified estate planning and administration attorney with over 30 years of practice experience. He has served as CEO of his law firm, 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. Mr. Lukinovich has experience working as a certified public accountant as well, which enables him to serve as our audit committee financial expert.

Suzanne O. Middleton

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Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Executive Committee
Ms. Middleton currently serves as the chairman of the Bank. Since April 1999, she has also worked as the Chief Financial Officer of Credit One, LLC, a debt buying and collection company based in Metairie, Louisiana. 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, as well as her executive and management experience, which equips her to contribute to the board’s oversight of the Company’s management and business activities. Also, her knowledge of the New Orleans area allows her to provide insight regarding our growth plans in this market.

Andrew C. Nelson, M.D.

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Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Executive Committee
Dr. Nelson is a board certified gastroenterologist and is currently a partner with Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, a medical practice. From 1997 to 2018, he worked as a practicing partner with Gastroenterology Associates, a medical practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to the different perspective on our banking operations that Dr. Nelson’s background as a physician gives him, Dr. Nelson’s experience as a business owner until 2018 allows him to provide insight and understanding of our customer’s needs, as well as an understanding of successful business operations, to board discussions.

Frank L. Walker

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Member of the Compliance Committee
Member of the Enterprise Risk Committee
Chairperson of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee
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 as well as an investor in commercial real estate. Mr. Walker also serves on the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer of Lafayette General Health, a seven-hospital system with an additional six clinical affiliate hospitals in southwest Louisiana. In addition to his understanding of financial matters resulting from his business experience, Mr. Walker’s knowledge and contacts in Lafayette help us to develop our strategies to further expand our presence in this area.