October 2019

Q & A with LBA's Chairman-Elect Carly Leonards of JD Bank 

Carly serves as LBA's Chairman-Elect for the 2019-2020 term, which puts her in line to serve as the first female chairman for LBA next year. Below she tells us about her favorite thing about working in banking and something bankers don’t know about LBA but should. First, though, take a look at her impressive CV:

  • Started her career in banking at Calcasieu Marine National Bank 24 years ago.
  • Began working for JD Bank 21 years ago, where she currently serves as Chief Banking Officer.
  • Past banking positions include Consumer Lender, Commercial Lender, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
  • Education credentials include a Degree in Finance from McNeese State University, Wharton Leadership Certification from ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking and Certified Public Accountant designation.
  • Named 2016 Southwest Economic Development Alliance Established Business Woman of the Year and is a Past President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana and Past President and Treasurer of Jennings Kiwanis Club. 


Q & A with Carly Leonards

LBA: What is one way bankers could get more involved in LBA?

Leonards: A great way bankers can become involved in LBA is to participate in the annual Bankers Day at the State Capitol. It is a unique experience working with other bankers and our LBA staff to support positive change to the industry, as well as to stop potentially harmful legislation. I went once and was hooked! Senior bankers can introduce rising stars to this experience and that would be beneficial to both the banker and our industry.

LBA: What is something about LBA that bankers don’t know but should?

Leonards: There are 300+ in person and webinar training opportunities offered each year for everything in banking. The LBA’s line up of education is first class!

LBA: What is your favorite thing about working in banking?

Leonards: Seeing people rise! As a banker, nothing is more gratifying than aiding in the success of small businessesthe life blood of our communities. As a manager, my favorite thing is to see my staff rise up and succeed. When my staff are challenged to solve a problem and they exhibit creativity and give back more than expected, we all win!