April 17, 2017 11:42 AM

Amy Canik

Amy Canik has rejoined Regions Bank as senior VP in the commercial banking division for the Greater Baton Rouge and Acadiana areas.

Canik has 16 years of financial management experience, having previously served as VP of commercial banking for Red River Bank for three years and VP of community banking for Regions from 2005 to 2013.

She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southeastern Louisiana University and maintains her certified treasury professional designation.

Kade Peterson

MidSouth Bank hires Kade Peterson, Nicholas Richard

Kade Peterson has joined MidSouth Bank as EVP and chief information officer. His primary duties include overseeing the processes and staff responsible for ensuring the bank’s customers have the most secure technological tools they need for personal and business transactions.

For the past three years, Peterson worked for USAmeriBank in Tampa, Fla., as EVP and chief operations officer.

Peterson, who has more than three decades of banking technology and operations experience, also previously worked for Spokane, Wash.-based Sterling Bank (now Umpqua Bank) and Salt Lake City, Utah-based Zions Bancorporation. He has a bachelor of science degree in finance from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Nicholas Richard
MidSouth Bank has also hired Nicholas Richard as director of A/R Access and SBA/USDA lending. Richard is expanding the bank’s accounts receivable financing, a valuable working capital tool for small businesses. Additionally, he is helping start-up companies and existing entities access capital that can be supported or enhanced by SBA and USDA guaranteed loans.

For the past 13 years, Richard served as VP/middle market lender for Whitney Bank in Lafayette and prior to that was accounts payable manager at Lafayettebased Schumacher Clinical Partners.

Richard earned both an MBA and bachelor’s degree in accounting from UL Lafayette. He completed LSU’s Graduate School of Banking in 2015.

Robert Lott

Robert Lott named Lafayette president of Investar Bank

Investar Bank has promoted Robert Lott to city president in Lafayette, a newly created position.

Lott, who has been with Investar for three years, has more than 30 years of experience in banking, mainly in credit, lending, deposit operations, treasury management, appraisals, regulatory and asset-based lending with a focus in commercial and industrial.

Lott’s community involvement ranges from being a foster parent with Catholic Community Services and Volunteers of America to an instructor with the American Institute of Banking.

Cynthia Beslin

Cynthia Beslin joins Rayne Building and Loan

Cynthia Beslin has joined Rayne Building and Loan as business development manager, a newly created position. She is responsible for locating and developing new business relationships and markets in Acadiana, as well as planning and implementing the bank’s marketing strategy. Beslin, who most recently worked for a global insurance company and retains her financial licenses, has owned two retail companies. She also previously served as marketing director at Rayne State Bank. Beslin earned a B.A. in communications/business from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.

Kelly White

Kelly White promoted to director of branch operations at MidSouth

MidSouth Bank has promoted Kelly White to director of branch operations. White, who most recently was retail projects manager and has 17 years of banking experience, has been with MidSouth Bank since 2007.

White is now responsible for retail operations and the Customer Care Center, including new technology implementation, sales management systems and support of the banking center network. White has a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Arkansas.

Grant Guillotte

Grant Guillotte joins Whitney Bank

Commercial banker Grant Guillotte has joined Whitney Bank to help manage and grow the bank’s commercial client base.

Guillotte is jointly directing Whitney’s middle market banking team with longtime Lafayette banker Byron Breaux.

Guillotte is based at Whitney’s River Ranch financial center at 1301 Camellia Blvd. The Franklin native most recently was market president and southwest Louisiana commercial section manager for a large national bank with locations in Lafayette. Guillotte earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance from Louisiana State University. Guillotte has been an active civic leader and volunteer with One Acadiana, Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, Southwest Louisiana Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, United Way of Acadiana and St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Jim Lyons

FNB elevates Jim Lyons to COO

First National Bank of Louisiana has promoted Jim Lyons Jr. to Chief Operating Officer. Lyons, who joined FNB more than a decade ago, most recently served as SVP of lending and loan operations, duties he retains. In his new role, Lyons oversees the bank’s loan operations and compliance, working out of the bank’s River Ranch office. Lyons is an active member of the Lafayette community, serving as secretary/treasurer and chairman-elect for Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana, as an Acadiana Red Cross board member, Beaver Club board member and treasurer of Acadiana Health Education Center. He also is chairman-elect for Louisiana Bankers Education Council. The Jennings native received his bachelor of science in business management from LSU and MBA from the University of New Orleans. He is also a graduate of LSU’s Graduate School of Banking. Lyons began his career in New Orleans with Hancock Bank, as part of their Management Associate Program, before joining FNB.

Kenny Maggard

Capital One names Kenny Maggard Acadiana market president

Capital One has promoted Kenny Maggard to Acadiana market president. He is responsible for the design, development and implementation of an integrated community strategy for Capital One in Lafayette and other parts of Acadiana.

Maggard continues to serve as senior vice president and commercial banking relationship manager for the Acadiana and Lake Charles markets.

Maggard has more than 13 years of banking experience, including the past eight years with Capital One in Lafayette.

A New Iberia native, he received a bachelor’s degree in finance from LSU.

Active in the community, Maggard is a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Acadiana and is a member of the705: Young Leaders for a Better Acadiana, for which he served as president in 2012. He also is a member of Leadership Institute of Acadiana and the Beaver Club of Lafayette.

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