Durel joins IberiaBank

The former mayor-president becomes the bank’s business development officer for Lafayette.

Photo by Robin May

Joey Durel, the former three-term mayor president of Lafayette Consolidated Government, has a new gig: IberiaBank’s business development officer for Lafayette. The Hub City-headquartered bank announced the hire Monday afternoon.

“We are thrilled to have Joey join our team and are confident that his background in owning and managing his own business along with his extensive experience in running our city will be an asset to our Company,” says Jerry Vascocu, Acadiana market president, in the press release announcing the hire. “His unique experience will also add to the diversity of our team, enhance our client relationships, and help leverage our investments in Acadiana.”

A graduate in business management from UL Lafayette, Durel entered Lafayette’s business community through his family’s pet stores and later operated several other businesses including an Arby’s restaurant.
He previously served as chairman of the chamber of commerce before being elected mayor in 2003. He currently serves on the board of Lafayette Central Park and was instrumental in helping the city acquire the 100-acre Horse Farm from UL.

“I have been a great fan of IberiaBank for a long time, both as a customer, and as Lafayette Mayor-President,” Durel says in the release. “IberiaBank is a great corporate citizen, and we always knew we could count on them for help in our community. I am especially proud to have the largest bank in the state, maintain its headquarters in Acadiana, right here in Lafayette. This job will allow me to continue to play a role on developing Acadiana, while giving me the flexibility to pursue other interests.”