BATON ROUGE, La., April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Christopher Keene, President of Business First Bank's New Orleans market, today announced the opening of a loan production office in Metairie.
"As Louisiana's leading business-focused community bank," said Keene, "it is time for us to contribute actively to the renaissance under way in New Orleans. The energy in the city is visible and real."
Keene, former Senior Vice President and West Bank Regional Manager of First Bank, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi and brings nearly 20 years of banking and financial experience to Business First Bank. He also serves as the President of the UNO Privateer Athletic Foundation, is a member of the Harvey Canal Industrial Association and past member of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to Keene, Christopher Palermo will join the Metairie office as Senior Vice President, Commercial Banker; Bryan Pastor as Vice President, Commercial Banker; and Tasha Palermo as Commercial Loan Assistant.
Christopher Palermo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. Pastor also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. Both bankers bring over 15 years of experience in New Orleans-area banking, lending and customer relations.
About Business First Bank
Business First Bank is the largest community bank headquartered in Baton Rouge and one of the largest institutions headquartered in Louisiana. Business First Bank operates 18 offices, including 16 banking centers, one loan production office and one wealth solutions office in seven markets across Louisiana. Business First Bank provides commercial and personal banking, treasury management and wealth solutions services to private businesses and their owners, operators, executives and employees. It was chosen as one of American Banker magazine's Top 40 Banks to Work For in 2014.
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