James F. Lyons, Jr. among graduates from 2013 Graduate School of Banking at LSU

BATON ROUGE — On June 6, 2013, 155 bankers from 19 states and Mexico received graduation diplomas from the president of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, John Jordan, president of The Community Bank of East Tennessee in Clinton, TN.

Receiving diplomas from Louisiana were: · Henry Thurston Allen of Jonesboro State Bank · Stephen Kyle Benoit of City Savings Bank in DeRidder · David M. Boudreaux of Whitney Bank in Covington · Cindy Watkins Bourne of Citizens Savings Bank in Bogalusa · Luke D. Brandon of American Planning Corporation in Shreveport · Jaye Marley Bunch in Feliciana Bank and Trust Co. in Clinton · Laurie J. Colvin of Community Trust Bank in Ruston · Samuel C. Cooper of AGRIfinancial Services in Choudrant · Damien S. Dyer of Community Trust Bank in Monroe · Chris W. Floyd of Office of Financial Inst in Baton Rouge · Danielle Dupre Fridge of Business First Bank in Covington · Peter R. Gover of First Federal Bank in LAke Charles · Donald D. Greer, Jr., of Peoples Bank in New Roads · Troy D. Hebert of Whitney Bank in Baton Rouge · Melissa Z. Hutchinson of Synergy Bank in Houma · Brandon Frank Hylton of Jeff Davis Bank in Lake Charles · Benjamin S. Jones of Marion State Bank in Sterlington · H. Brooks Lewis of Citizens Bank and Trust in Baton Rouge · James F. Lyons, Jr., of First National Bank of Louisiana in Crowley · Deirdre C. Nelson of Bank of Montgomery in Natchitoches · Howard Dee Smith of Progressive Bank in Winnsboro · Shane M. Smith of Metairie Bank and Trust in Metairie · Scott Spillers of Gibsland Bank and Trust Co. · Stephen C. Van Sickle, II, of Bank of Montgomery in Natchitoches · Caleb Anderson Waldmeier of Merchants and Farmers Bank in Lake Charles · Russell Todd Winkler of Citizens National Bank in Bossier City

Sponsored by 15 southern state bankers associations, including Louisiana Bankers Association, in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education at LSU, the banking school requires attendance on campus for three years, with extensive bank study assignments between sessions. The faculty consists of bankers, business and professional leaders, and educators from all parts of the U.S. During their three years at the Graduate School of Banking, students receive 180 hours of classroom instruction, thirty hours of reviews, planned evening study, and written final examinations at the end of each session. About LBA: Founded in 1900, the Louisiana Bankers Association’s mission is to help banks grow and prosper in Louisiana. For more than 113 years, the LBA has provided Louisiana’s banker with top-quality professional development, revenue-enhancing products and services, governmental relations and public advocacy. The Association has 151 bank and thrift members. For more information, go to http://www.lba.org/.

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