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Wednesday, October 16, 2019



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New directors join board at SL Bank

New directors join board at SL Bank


Founded 52 years ago with a commitment to the principles of true community banking, Larose-based SL Bank announced three new Directors have joined the Board. The new leadership, blended with existing Directors, carries a common commitment to providing fresh direction for the bank, which operates in Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow and North Larose.

Bank officials said that long-time Director Wayne Estay has assumed the role of Chairman of the Board. He has sat on the Board since 2000, serving as Board Secretary since January, 2018. He is the Chief Financial Officer at Eveready Marine, Inc.

A 1968 graduate of South Lafourche High School, Estay attended both Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University and earned his Accounting degree in 1975.

Estay and his wife, Donna, have one daughter and are members of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church and Community Bible Church.

“Banking has evolved significantly over the past several years,” Estay said. “In my new role as Chairman, I will be working diligently to ensure that we are operating in a sound and proven manner, investing resources in the communities we serve to enhance the quality of life our customers enjoy. SL Bank will be solid and secure moving forward in our mission.”

Joining Estay on the Board as new Directors are Myles Cheramie, Gerald Savoie and Robert “Bobby” Pregeant.

Cheramie is a 2003 graduate of South Lafourche High School, who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Nicholls State University’s College of Business Administration in 2012. He serves as Accounting Director at Crosby Tugs, LLC. He and his wife, Tara, have two children and are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where Cheramie serves on the finance council.

Gerald “Jerry” Savoie, Jr., is the owner of Savoie’s Alligator Farm and White Alligator Racing. He is a 1977 graduate of Hahnville High School and serves on the Board of Louisiana Fur and Alligator. He is married to the former Vonnie Dufrene. Jerry is the 2016 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion.

Pregeant is the Chief Executive Officer at GIS Marine, LLC. He is a 1958 graduate of Grand Isle High School and is a past board member of the Grand Isle Port Commission. He is married to Jeanette, and he has three children: Lisa, Mark and Ashley.

“The addition of these individuals adds a great deal to our Board of Directors,” Estay said. “Each brings a unique perspective and years of local business acumen to their positions at SL Bank, and we will benefit from their life and professional experiences. SL Bank is strongly positioned to meet our goals and to address the future needs of our community.”