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Sharon St. Pierre becomes first female bank president in Lafourche

Sharon St. Pierre becomes first female bank president in Lafourche

Joseph Leonard, Chairman of the Board at South Lafourche Bank, announced that Sharon St. Pierre has been named President of South Lafourche Bank.

St. Pierre joined the bank in 1981 and most recently served as Vice President and Compliance Officer. In her new role, she becomes the first female bank president in Lafourche Parish.

She steps into the leadership role, effective December 1, 2014 on the heels of former President Willie Curole, Jr., as he moves into a more consultative role with some lending duties at the bank.

In April, the Louisiana Bankers Association honored Curole for his 45 years of service at South Lafourche Bank.
“We are working to make this transition as seamless as possible,” Curole said. “I am confident and proud that Sharon will be guiding the direction of this institution in the years ahead.”

St. Pierre assumes the President’s role of guiding the bank and the $168 million in total assets it manages. The bank operates offices in Larose, North Larose, Cut Off, Galliano and Golden Meadow.

“There have been instances in other banks where an individual moving into the President’s role initiated widespread change and bruised feelings,” Mrs. St. Pierre said. “At the other end of the spectrum, I am taking the baton from Willie and continuing to develop the unique brand of banking for which South Lafourche Bank has become known. This transition is a cooperative endeavor and, as we have planned, a smooth exchange.”

“As our nation begins to come out from under the burden of the economic downturn which began six years ago, banks from coast to coast are operating under increased scrutiny and regulatory pressures,” Leonard said. “We are pleased to announce that Sharon will be leading South Lafourche Bank in these critical, changing years while continuing to embrace our brand of solutions-based, service-driven banking. I am confident that our customers, our communities and our shareholders will be the beneficiary of her many years of experience, her knowledge of this institution and her commitment to excellence.”

St. Pierre noted that fiscal integrity will sit at the heart of all that South Lafourche Bank does.

“Each customer who graces our doorway will have the full attention of our staff,” she continued. “Responsive personal service will continue to be our signature, and we will work diligently to design and introduce new products and technologies which enhance the banking experience of our customers and which reflect our position as a true community bank.”