Veron is a law partner at Veron, Bice,
Palermo & Wilson, where he specializes in commercial litigation. A
native of Lake Charles, he earned advanced degrees from Tulane and
Harvard University before returning to his hometown in 1976 to practice
law. He is a longtime member of the Lake Charles Country Club and served
as chairman for the St. Louis Catholic High School Capital Campaign,
which raised $3.4 million for capital improvements to the area’s only
Catholic High School. Veron, who has remained consistently active in
civic life, also led governmental efforts to recognize native heart
surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey.
During Veron’s tenure at a previous law
firm, he was among the original shareholders when the firm helped
charter a federal bank. Veron is also the author of several books and
Mount is a former small business owner, Lake
Charles mayor and Louisiana State Senator. A Lake Charles native, Mount
earned a degree in business administration from McNeese State
University and served as mayor of Lake Charles for seven years before
being elected to the Senate, where she served three terms. As State
Senator, she held several leadership posts, including chairwoman of the
Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee and the Health and Welfare
Mount has consistently remained active in
civic life. She founded the Louisiana Lung Cancer Partnership, is
past-president of the Louisiana Conference of Mayors and served on the
executive boards of the Louisiana Municipal Association and Council for a
Better Louisiana. Mount currently serves on the McNeese State
University Foundation board, the CHRISTUS-St. Patrick Board of
Counselors and the Alzheimer’s Association State Board. She previously
served on the United Way Community Foundation, Prevent Child Abuse
Louisiana board and the United Methodist Foundation.
Staats is a faculty member of the Graduate
School of Banking at LSU, the LSU Executive Program, the American
Bankers Association Graduate School of Compliance Management and several
state banking schools. Staats is also director of the Farm Credit Bank
of Texas, a $13.5 billion agricultural lending network, and chairman of
the board of Seven Oaks Capital Associates, LLC, a working capital
finance company serving the trucking industry nationwide. He also serves
as chairman of Platinum Healthcare Staffing, vice chairman of the Audit
Committee of the Farm Credit System, and board member of Money
Staats was founder of New Braunfels National
Bank in New Braunfels, Texas, and served as vice chairman of the board
of directors. He was also named by the FDIC to the board of the nation's
first bridge bank and was an original director of Staats, Falkenberg
& Partners. Before joining the faculty at LSU, Staats was vice
president and corporate secretary of the Federal Reserve Bank of
Philadelphia. He has been a member of the faculty at Rice University and
at The University of Texas, where he received his doctorate degree.
Roberts has 30 years of banking
experience and served on several loan, audit and banking committees. He
currently works as administrator of a CPA firm. Roberts was raised in Lake
Charles, where he attended McNeese State University. He is a graduate of the
Banking School of the South.
Mike is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has lived in Lake Charles since 1965. He became our President and CEO in 2011.
has over 49 years of experience in Southwest Louisiana community banks,
working in a variety of positions, including consumer finance manager,
loan administrator, chief lending office, and executive vice president.
He served in key leadership positions at Lakeside National Bank, Cameron
State Bank and Iberiabank before joining the new Lakeside team.
Mike is also a member of the Lake Area Medical Center board of directors.
Boyer, a Southwest Louisiana native, is currently a partner
with Southland Capital, a real estate development firm. He holds an
undergraduate degree in general business, as well as a Masters in Business
Administration, from Louisiana State University.
Before joining Southland Capital, Boyer worked for Merrill
Lynch for 32 years, managing the local office for nearly 20 years.
Duplechin, a lifelong resident of Southwest Louisiana and a
graduate of McNeese State University, is the co-owner of AdSource and Realty
Source. He currently the president of the Lake Charles
Country Club board of directors and is a past vice president of the Pioneer Club. Duplechin is
also a past member of the local board of directors for Women and Children’s
Hospital and the Louisiana Blood Center board of directors.
Mr. Joe Thomas
Trahan currently owns and operates
his family’s clothing business. He served as director for a state- chartered
bank in Lake Charles for 12 years and participated in the director’s loan
committee. He resigned to pursue the charter for Lakeside. Trahan, a Louisiana
native, has lived in Lake Charles for 35 years. He attended USL (now ULL of
Lafayette). In addition to overseeing the family business, Trahan has analyzed
and invested in commercial real estate for the last 30 years.
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