|Mr. Mike Veron|
Chairman and Organizer
Veron is a law partner at Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, where he specializes in commercial litigation. A native of Lake Charles, he earned advanced degrees from Tulane and Harvard University before returning to his hometown in 1976 to practice law. He is a longtime member of the Lake Charles Country Club and served as chairman for the St. Louis Catholic High School Capital Campaign, which raised $3.4 million for capital improvements to the area’s only Catholic High School. Veron, who has remained consistently active in civic life, also led governmental efforts to recognize native heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey.
Mrs. Willie Landry Mount
Director and Organizer
Mount is a former small business owner, Lake Charles mayor and Louisiana State Senator. A Lake Charles native, Mount earned a degree in business administration from McNeese State University and served as mayor of Lake Charles for seven years before being elected to the Senate, where she served three terms. As State Senator, she held several leadership posts, including chairwoman of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee and the Health and Welfare Committee. Mount founded the Louisiana Lung Cancer Partnership, is past-president of the Louisiana Conference of Mayors and served on the executive boards of the Louisiana Municipal Association and Council for a Better Louisiana. Mount currently serves on the McNeese State University Foundation board, the CHRISTUS-St. Patrick Board of Counselors and the Alzheimer’s Association State Board.
Mr. Robert Piper
Director and Organizer, Vice Chairman
From 2000-2005, Piper was president and CEO of US Unwired Inc., a publicly traded wireless personal communications company with about $500 million in annual revenue, 500,000 customers and 1,000 employees at its peak. Piper assisted with various hurricane relief efforts in the latter part of 2005 and currently serves as the executive administrator for Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church.
Senator Ronnie Johns
A well-respected businessman and active community volunteer, Senator Johns has represented District 27 in the Louisiana State Senate since 2012. He previously served as a State Representative from 1995 – 2007. He is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Pharmacy Degree. He worked as a pharmacist for several years before opening a State Farm insurance agency in Sulphur in 1982. Senator Johns has received numerous awards for his work in the legislature, and has been recognized repeatedly for business achievements and community involvement. He serves on the Board of Directors of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, the Salvation Army of Lake Charles, the Friends of Sulphur Police and the Catholic Diocese of Lake Charles Finance Council.
Mr. Bill Roberts
Roberts has 30 years of banking experience and served on several loan, audit and banking committees. He currently works as administrator of a CPA firm. Roberts was raised in Lake Charles, where he attended McNeese State University. He is a graduate of the Banking School of the South.
Mr. Morgan "Mike" Harmison
President, Chief Executive Officer
Mike is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has lived in Lake Charles since 1965. He became our President and CEO in 2011.
Mike has over 49 years of experience in Southwest Louisiana community banks, working in a variety of positions, including consumer finance manager, loan administrator, chief lending office, and executive vice president. He served in key leadership positions at Lakeside National Bank, Cameron State Bank and Iberiabank before joining the new Lakeside team.
Mike is also a member of the Lake Area Medical Center board of directors.
Mr. James Boyer
Boyer, a Southwest Louisiana native, is currently a partner with Southland Capital, a real estate development firm. He holds an undergraduate degree in general business, as well as a Masters in Business Administration, from Louisiana State University.
Before joining Southland Capital, Boyer worked for Merrill Lynch for 32 years, managing the local office for nearly 20 years.
Mr. Keith Duplechin
Duplechin, a lifelong resident of Southwest Louisiana and a graduate of McNeese State University, is the co-owner of AdSource and Realty Source. He currently the president of the Lake Charles Country Club board of directors and is a past vice president of the Pioneer Club. Duplechin is also a past member of the local board of directors for Women and Children’s Hospital and the Louisiana Blood Center board of directors.
Mr. Joe Thomas
Director and Organizer
Thomas founded Resin Systems, where he remains as company chairman. He is a native of Lake Charles and attended McNeese State University and Oklahoma State University, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Lt.Colonel.
Mr. David Trahan
Director and Organizer
Trahan currently owns and operates his family’s clothing business. He served as director for a state- chartered bank in Lake Charles for 12 years and participated in the director’s loan committee. He resigned to pursue the charter for Lakeside. Trahan, a Louisiana native, has lived in Lake Charles for 35 years. He attended USL (now ULL of Lafayette). In addition to overseeing the family business, Trahan has analyzed and invested in commercial real estate for the last 30 years.
The Advisory Board
Thomas M. Flanagan
Russel Stutes, Jr.
Shane Chapman MD