Episode 2: Christine Benoit of Farmers State Bank gives advice to her 25 year-old self

PWR Peer Group Meeting Notes

The PWR Peer Group holds conference call meetings two or three times a year to discuss professional development topics. Click on the link below to download a copy of the notes from past meetings.

October 9, 2018 Meeting Notes

March 13, 2018 Meeting Notes

What You're Saying About PWR – Professional Women Revitalized!

  • "This is wonderful. I appreciate so much that LBA recognizes the need to motivate and encourage women in this industry...Thank you for the motivation and inspiration!"  
  • I would LOVE to join the PWR Peer Group!!
  • “This is such a great opportunity for women in the banking industry, and I sincerely appreciate LBA for offering it!”

Helpful Documents

Click on the links below to download the document.

ABA Banking Journal article "Women Rising" by Kerry O’Leary (posted 8/27/18)

JMFA article, "How to Prepare for & Ace an Interview, Part 1" (posted 5/21/18)

JMFA article, "How to Prepare for & Ace an Interview, Part 2" (posted 5/21/18)

SB Wellness Group Newsletter (May 2018) (posted 5/1/18)

Mentoring Program Document (posted 3/19/18)

Mentor/Mentee Agreement (posted 3/19/18)

Mentoring Action Plan (posted 3/19/18)

"You Can't Talk Enough About Your Company Values" by Joe Scarlett 

Helpful Resources

Podcast: How Emerging Community Bank Leaders Are Building Their Careers

A lawyer and a professional baseball player walk into a bank.... No, it’s not a joke--it’s the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast. Emily Gray graduated from law school, and Blake Taylor began his working life as a minor-league baseball player, but both of them ended up building successful careers in community banking. Gray is now senior credit officer at Hardin County Bank, Savannah, Tenn., and Taylor is an SVP and commercial real estate lender at Southern First Bank in Columbia, S.C. They are chair and vice chair, respectively, of ABA’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Board, and on the podcast they discuss how rising leaders in banking can develop their careers and position themselves to succeed. Click here to go to the ABA Banking Journal article. Click here to listen to this episode. (posted 6/21/18)  

Simon Sinek's Resources
Simon Sinek is an author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant who has some pretty cool things to say. Click here to check out one of his videos. He also has a new book out called Together is Better which he says will inspire readers to ask for help, help others and discover their own courage.  

October 2018

Spotlight on Christy Wells

Editor’s Note: The following article was written by LBEC Councilwoman at Large Emily Creech of First Guaranty Bank. LBEC council members regularly write articles profiling a banker or a bank's education outreach. For more information on LBEC, click here


Christy Wells began her banking career 23 years ago working as a loan processor for Hammond-based Southwest Bank's Loan Production Office. Southwest Bank specialized in Farm Service Agency guaranteed agriculture loans to dairy, beef and poultry farmers and was acquired by First Guaranty Bank 19 years ago. During her time at First Guaranty Bank, she has worked in loan servicing, consumer lending and commercial lending. In 2011, Christy became regional manager and currently mentors the lending staff for four branches in the Tangipahoa market. She was promoted to senior vice president in 2013. 

Her favorite part about her job is working with customers and helping them grow their businesses with loans and other banking products. She is very experienced in lending and supportive of her team. Success to Christy is being independent and self-motivated. Hardworking and persistent, Christy always tries to keep a positive attitude which helps her to master life’s biggest obstacles. One such moment for her was learning to balance home, family and her career successfully as a single woman. She sets very high standards for herself, which drives and motivate her. 

Christy’s work ethic and integrity have helped her to succeed in her banking career. She doesn’t quit until a task is complete! While she worked in loan servicing, she learned to appreciate those that try to do things right the first time. During her banking career, she had great role models and always tries to learn from those around her. She lives by the phrases “You can never go wrong with the truth” and “Don’t worry; be happy!”

As an influential member in the community, she has held various volunteer positions and responsibilities at Leadership Tangipahoa, Hammond Rotary Club, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Tangipahoa Professional Women’s Organization and her local church. A co-worker, Vickie, has worked with Christy for many years and said, “Christy is a wonderful and knowledgeable loan officer that takes the time to get to know her customers and their wants and needs. She is a very busy woman since she is a regional manager and a commercial and consumer lender. She’s honest, genuine and one of the best bosses I’ve ever had.” 

From a loan processor to a senior vice president of a $1.7 billion financial institution, Christy still holds the same philosophy as she did 23 years ago. She is a distinguished commercial lender in the Hammond market and has an active role in her community. Christy completed Graduate School of Banking at LSU in 2014 and resides in Hammond.