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Louisiana Bankers Association Elects 2020-2021 Officers, Board Members

Chairwoman Leonards is the first female elected to head the Association’s board of directors.

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Ferris  Knight Ledet 
Leonards  Littlefield Vidrine

BATON ROUGE—Carly Leonards, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer of JD Bank in Jennings, has been installed as the 2020-2021 Chairwoman of the Louisiana Bankers Association. Leonards is the first female elected to head the Association’s board of directors.

“The strength of Louisiana’s banking industry has never been more present than during the current COVID-19 event. And, LBA’s leadership is definitely representative of the industry. We are excited that our first ever Chairwoman takes the reigns. Carly will guide us through the next year with strong leadership skills and extensive banking knowledge,” said LBA Chief Executive Officer Robert Taylor.

During this unprecedented time, LBA's annual meeting was held by proxy. To commemorate this virtual event, LBA released the video below.


Leonards succeeds Gary S. Littlefield, Baton Rouge Market President of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company. As outgoing LBA Chairman, Littlefield will continue to serve for one year as Immediate Past Chairman on the LBA Board of Directors.

The other 2020-2021 LBA officers are: 

  • Chairman-Elect Jerry P. Ledet, Jr., of Synergy Bank in Houma
  • Treasurer K. Brent Vidrine of Bank of Sunset

The following regional directors were elected during LBA’s annual meeting:

  • South Central Region: Jeremy M. Callais of MC Bank in Morgan City
  • Southeast Region: Chris Ferris of Fidelity Bank in New Orleans
  • Southeast Region: Chip Knight of Hancock Whitney Bank in New Orleans

Other LBA directors continuing to serve for the upcoming year are: 

  • Acadiana Region: Jason P. Freyou of Home Bank, N.A., in Lafayette
  • Southwest Region: Justin Holt of Lakeside Bank in Lake Charles
  • Northeast Region: Ryan R. Kilpatrick of Origin Bank in Ruston
  • Capitol Region: H. Brooks Lewis of Citizens Bank and Trust Company in Baton Rouge
  • Central Region: Bryon C. Salazar of Red River Bank in Alexandria
  • Northwest Region: Jason D. Smith of Citizens National Bank, N.A., in Bossier City 
  • Robert T. Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of LBA in Baton Rouge

About LBA: Founded in 1900, the Louisiana Bankers Association’s mission is to help banks grow and prosper in Louisiana. For more than 120 years, the LBA has provided Louisiana’s bankers with top-quality professional development, revenue-enhancing products and services, governmental relations and public advocacy. For more information, go to