In 2010, the country was
in the middle of a recession, the financial market meltdown still dominated the
headlines and trust in banks was lower than anyone could remember in our
lifetime. In the middle of all this
economic gloom and doom, one new bank defied the odds and was granted a charter
– the only one awarded in 2010 – by banking regulators. That bank was Lakeside in Lake Charles.
Lakeside Bank was recently
named one of the 359 safest banks in the United States. The locally owned bank
was the only bank in Southwest Louisiana to receive the designation and one of
only three financial institutions in the state of Louisiana to make the list.