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Monroe Administrative Office

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4806
Monroe, LA 71211

Physical Address:

2413 Tower Drive
Monroe, LA 71201

Phone Number:

318-387-7535

Fax Number:

318-388-3023

Monroe Administrative Staff

Stephen Austin

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Austin
With LLB since 2011.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
watching our team work together to serve the stockholders of our Association.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
working in the field of agriculture lending allows me to stay close to my farm roots.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
hunting and fly-fishing.

I give back by
partaking in activities through my church.

The people who inspire me the most
are those who stay true to their beliefs.

I am most grateful for
my family.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
prayer.

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
becoming the CEO of LLB, ACA.

Chris Bentley

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Bentley
With LLB since 2008.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the great group of co-workers, and providing the best financial service to borrowers in Louisiana.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I can see and touch the end product that i had a small part in helping produce – rice, timber, cotton, sugar cane, soybeans… At LLB, we help ensure that those products have the financing available to make it to market. Louisiana is so diverse when it comes to agriculture compared to our neighboring states. It is exciting to be a part of that.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
spending time with family and friends.

What most people don't know about me is that
I like to ski.

I give back by
coaching youth baseball, football, basketball, and soccer. I enjoy coaching my sons and their friends.

The people who inspire me the most are
my parents.

I am most grateful for
my family’s good health.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
a hug from my kids.

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
being named the Subsidiary Accounting Employee of the Year at Century Link. I learned so much from so many great people at CenturyLink and that still carries over to my work ethic and knowledge today.

Robert "Wes" Lowe

Chief Appraisal Officer / Winnsboro Branch Office

Robert Lowe
With LLB since 2012.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
working with good people!

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I enjoy working with good people. LLB has provided me with opportunities to meet other professional people in my profession that have helped me in my work. I believe our department provides the best appraisals of rural property in our state and I am proud to be a part of Louisiana Land Bank.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
spending time with family, watching movies, traveling & playing tennis.

The person who inspires me the most is
my dad.

I give back by
being a member and deacon at the First Baptist Church, Wisner, LA. In the past, I have been a member of Rotary Club, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, and active in Boy Scouts and Dixie Youth Baseball.

I am most grateful for
my salvation in Jesus Christ, and my family.

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
obtaining my "ARA" appraisal designation from the American Society of Farm Mangers and Rural Appraisers.

David Ogletree

Senior Vice President / Lending & Field Operations / Shreveport Branch Office

David Ogletree
With LLB since 1987.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
definitely contributing to the success of the employees I work with every day. There is nothing more gratifying than to see someone succeed and to know you may have played a small part. The same thing goes for the borrowers/stockholders of Louisiana Land Bank. I’ve been very fortunate to have met and served many Land Bank customers over my career and have enjoyed watching them succeed as agricultural producers. That's very gratifying.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I believe in the Farm Credit System, agriculture, and the people that make up Louisiana Land Bank. That's why I've stayed with Louisiana Land Bank for over 27 years.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
(that’s easy) anything outdoors - hunting, fishing, golf, working outdoors, and being able to do those things with my family.

What most people don't know about me is that
that I have a creative side! While my career in banking has meant working with numbers, financial ratios, etc., I enjoy music and writing when I can make time for the right side of my brain.

The people who inspire me the most are
many. I’d have to start with my parents who taught me how to be kind, compassionate, and caring for others. In my working career, I can start with a gentleman named Bill Crawford who first hired me in 1987. That was a leap of faith. My mentor for many years, former LLB CEO, Darrel Jans. He taught me how to treat people with kindness and compassion. Today, I am with another leader in current CEO, Stephen Austin, who has that same compassion and kindness for people. I’ve been fortunate to have worked with those people.

I give back by
reminding myself every day that it’s not about me. As long as I remember that, giving back is easy - whether financially or with my time.

I am most grateful for
a wonderful wife of 23 years and two sons whom I am very proud of. My oldest son just turned 21 years old while serving his country as a United States Marine in Afghanistan. My youngest son is a freshman in high school. He is a good kid and is well on his way to being a good man. Those two have somehow managed to stay out of trouble. There's a lot to be said for that. I'm proud of them.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
the grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
when I was given the opportunity to take on my current role as SVP Lending at Louisiana Land Bank. It came at a difficult time for the organization and there were difficult times for me early on in that role. But to see the success of the organization and its employees in recent years is very rewarding. To think that I have played a small part in that success is shining for me. I'm looking forward to many more shining years at Louisiana Land Bank.

Brian Turner

Chief Credit Officer

Brian Turner
With LLB since 2012.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the unique environment. I've learned more about risk management in the past 3 years than I would have in a 30-year career with anyone else.

The person who inspires me the most is
my dad. He worked long hours and even many weekends with only modest means but always seemed to be grateful for the little things in life. It's easy to admire that attitude but tough to live it. I'm just glad that I have a good teacher.

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
when I was given a chance to be part of a management team that restored confidence in this organization's character.

Alyssa Allen

Accountant II

Alyssa Allen
With LLB since 2012.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the employees.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
anything outdoors.

What most people don't know about me is that
that I could have stayed in school forever.

The person who inspires me the most is
my brother.

I am most grateful for
my family.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
sleep!

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
graduating from college!

Bill Arbuckle

Senior Appraiser / Opelousas Branch Office

Bill Arbuckle
With LLB since 2013.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
meeting various people.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
it’s a great opportunity to interact with peers throughout the associations who do the same thing as me.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
LSU sports, cooking, and golf.

I give back by
supporting Special Olympics, DSAA, and through church.

What most people don't know about me is that
that I could have stayed in school forever.

The person who inspires me the most is
my father.

I am most grateful for
my health, my family, and my friends.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
laughter.

Pam Baker

Executive Assistant/Corporate Secretary

Pam Baker
With LLB since 2016.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
spend time with family, visit my children and granddaughter!

What most people don't know about me is that
I enjoy working — I really do! But I also enjoy singing, when I can.

I give back through
any chance I have to help someone else.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
so far … my amazing job working with wonderful people.

The people who inspire me the most are
so many people, and all for different reasons. I am SO fortunate!

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I LOVE WHAT I DO!

I am most grateful for
my Saviour, family, friends and my health.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
thanking God for everything!

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
starting a new job at 55 and hearing all the incredible things people I have worked for in the past, and those I've been working with, had to say about me and how I have made a difference to them.

Mitchell Best

Credit Analyst

Mitchell Best
With LLB since 2013.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the family atmosphere. It’s amazing working with such a tight knit group of people who truly care about each other.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
the values and morals instilled in me by my parents are the same values that LLB portrays on a daily basis.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
playing golf and travel softball.

What most people don't know about me is that
I’m a dog lover. My current pup is a three year old Husky/Lab mix named Mila.

The people who inspire me the most are
my parents. The work ethic and positive attitude that was handed down to me from my parents has been invaluable.

I give back by
staying involved with my university, Louisiana Tech. I am a 3rd generation Bulldog!

I am most grateful for
my family. It starts with my wife, Megan, but there are usually about 60 of us at any and all family gatherings.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
Technology. I guess I can blame this on my age! Growing up with a smart phone has spoiled me!

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
the day I was offered a job at the LLB. I didn't know it at the time, but that day was the beginning of a truly satisfying career.

Debbie Bond

Accounting Manager

Debbie Bond
With LLB since 2012.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
my co-workers.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I love my job and the people I work with.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
shopping, reading books, going to movies.

What most people don't know about me is that
I am married with 4 daughters and a dog named Nellie Belle!

The person who inspires me the most is
my mom.

I am most grateful for
my family.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
coffee!

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
obtaining my Bachelor in Accounting while I was pregnant with my 3rd child.

Shiela Bordelon

Loan Data Administrator

Shiela Bordelon
With LLB since 2005.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the people. This is my home away from home and I have always enjoyed that feeling.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I enjoy everything about my position at LLB. I enjoy taking on new challenges and responsibilities. My bosses have always just at random times thanked me for the job I do and feeling appreciated outweighs everything else.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
spending time with family, being YaYa to two wonderful grandbabies, gardening and for therapy mowing on the Zero Turn mower!

What most people don't know about me is that
I raise chickens and ducks and our homestead is a safe haven for homeless cats they roam everywhere on our 30 acres. We have various fruit trees and I love to make jelly especially Mayhaw jelly.

The person who inspires me the most is
my first boss in banking, Susan Hoffmann, Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending. She was so dedicated to her customers and strived to do and be the best at everything she done, she instilled in me those qualities and the need for me to learn as much as I could and to be a reliable and dependable employee. Her dedication inspired me so very much.

I give back by
donating regularly to numerous charities. I am always available to volunteer or help anyone experiencing difficult times in their lives.

I am most grateful for
the health of my family and that both by Mom and Daddy are still with us.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
diet coke.

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
the day I mastered SharePoint, it was as if a miracle had happened.

Lynette Bradbury

Senior Administrative Assistant - Special Assets/Capital Markets

Lynette Bradbury
With LLB since 2004.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the people. I also like that my job has a variety of duties which keeps it interesting.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
cheering on my son at his high school baseball and football games.

What most people don't know about me is that
I love to fish! I am not very good at it, but I love it just the same.

The person who inspires me the most is
my sister, Terri, who on a daily basis reminds me that faith, a good attitude and a fabulous sense of humor can see you through any troubles that may come your way.

I am most grateful for
the fact that each day is a new opportunity to do better, be better and a chance to make a positive impact.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
music.

Monica Brady

Sr. HR Generalist

Monica Brady
With LLB since 1996.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the Land Bank family.

The person who inspires me the most is
my mother.

I am most grateful for
my family.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
faith.

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
my 19 years with LLB and growing.

Brian Clark

IT Systems Analyst

Brian Clark
With LLB since 2017.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I love to run! I train with a local running group, and I’ve run several half marathons and look to run my first full marathon in the near future, with the possibility of a triathlon mixed in there as well.

What you don’t know about me is that…
I love the TV comedy Mystery Science Theater 3000 (recently revived on Netflix) and its internet based offshoot, Rifftrax – both of which take bad movies and make them fun. As long as Hollywood is around, there will always be terrible movies to be made fun of!

How I give back
Ministering to others through church mission trips and disaster relief efforts. I also serve on my church’s media team when needed, anywhere from projecting PowerPoint slides to camera operation or serving as technical director.

What’s your favorite part of working at Louisiana Land Bank?
The people! Genuine hardworking folks who truly want this organization to succeed in all things.

Person who inspired you the most
My father, who is a retired HVAC technician. Hardest worker I’ve ever known, and always sought to give his customers total satisfaction.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I’ve been interested in technology since I was a child, and was hooked on computers after playing around with a Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer for the first time at Radio Shack. I always enjoy implementing new technologies to help others!

What are you most grateful for?
Saving grace through Christ Jesus, though I don’t deserve it.

Aside from food/water/shelter, what’s the one thing you couldn’t go a day without?
At least some form of exercise. I’ve solved more problems out on a run than I have anywhere else!

Shining professional moment you’re most proud of?
Managing to graduate college while working full time, and at the same time completing IT projects such as new workstation deployments and a database server migration.

Peyton Dowell

Vice President/Loan Workout Officer

Peyton Dowell
With LLB since 2012.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the dedicated and talented people.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I’ve been doing this since 1980. It’s what I do.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
attending University of Tennessee football games.

The people who inspire me the most are
my high school football coach growing up and now, my son.

I give back by
through my church and university.

I am most grateful for
a great son, and two outstanding grandchildren.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
a hot shower!

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
graduating from ULM in 1991 while working full time, attending night classes, and a raising child. After graduating, getting promoted to officer level at Central Bank.

Erica Harding

Appraiser / Alexandria Branch Office

Erica Harding
With LLB since 2006.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
driving a big truck.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I love agriculture in all its forms.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
weight lifting, reading.

What most people don't know about me is that
at work I fix legal descriptions, discover improvements located on 'vacant' land, estimate timber volumes, and maintain a running knowledge in my head of what every piece of land in the state is worth.

The thing that inspires me the most is
the tie between my dad and my husband.

I give back through
my church.

I am most grateful to
my two daughters.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
chocolate!

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
receiving my general appraiser state license earlier this year.

Mark Jeffords

Credit Risk Analyst

Mark Jeffords
With LLB since 2014.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the friendships with coworkers.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
spending time with my kids, going to Louisiana tech sporting events, playing golf.

The person who inspires me the most is
my father, who was also in the financial industry.

I am most grateful for
my family.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
seeing my two little boys.

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
being selected as a member of the United Way fundraising committee.

Misty Kirkland

Office Administrator I

Misty Kirkland
With LLB since 2014.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the people here – they are great.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I love working here – great co-workers and bosses. I do what I do so I can keep it that way ;-)

My favorite thing to do outside work is
spending time with my girls.

What most people don't know about me is that
that I love to take kickboxing classes.

The person who inspires me the most is
my mom. She has always done her best to provide for me and be there for me

I am most grateful for
my family. Without them I would not be the person I am today.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
my girls. Having a mommy day is nice every now and then but even on those days I miss my girls.

Tyra Knight

Vice President/Human Resource Mgt. / Monroe Branch Office

Tyra Knight
With LLB since 2012.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
working with a great group of people every day.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I enjoy assisting employees with any of their HR issues, needs, or questions.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
spending time with family, "junkin’", and relaxing at the lake house.

What most people don't know about me is
that I LOVE to dance with my hubby.

The person who inspires me the most is
my mother.

I give back by
trying to help meet other people’s needs whenever possible.

I am most grateful for
my salvation, my wonderful family & friends.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
a Dr. Pepper.

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
when I received my "Professional in Human Resources" certification and the "Employee of the Year" award at Time Warner Cable.

Wesley Lockard

Collateral Evaluator

Wesley Lockard
With LLB since 2014.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the customers. I get to meet lots of people and they are all proud of what Louisiana Land Bank has helped them accomplish.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I enjoy working in the field, making property inspections, visiting multiple parishes to gather market data and putting lots of miles of the company truck, and getting to spend time with rural farmers/hunters that take pride in the land they own.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
to spend time with my wife and friends.

What most people don't know about me is
that I'm an avid musician. I play several instruments and enjoy learning new ones.

The person who inspires me the most is
my sister.

I give back by
supporting local schools and organizations.

I am most grateful for
all the great opportunities I have had before me.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
my family.

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
finding a place where my skills are best utilized at the LLB.

Karen Myers

Loan Accounting Manager / Austin Branch Office

Karen Myers
With LLB since 2004.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
the variety of duties I have, which keeps it interesting. I get to work from home and I get to work with a lot of great people.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
spending time with friends, going to the lake, listening to live music & taking long walks with Charlie.

What most people don't know about me is that
that if I had unlimited resources, I would love to run a pet rescue operation.

The person who inspires me the most is
my maternal grandmother. She was a great example of independence, determination and what you can accomplish with or without the support of others. She lived "outside the box" of the conventional - and had a fabulous life. She was always there for family - we knew we could count on her no matter what.

I am most grateful for
all the people in my life.

Aside from food/water/shelter, the one thing I couldn’t go a day without is
my dogs and cats.

Eric W. Pope

Collateral Evaluator

Eric Pope
With LLB since 2017.

My favorite thing to do outside work is
sports, fish.

What most people don't know about me is that
I'm extremely observant.

I give back by
teaching, coaching youth sports.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
doing what I love to do — appraise Ag and recreational properties.

The persons who inspire me the most are
my grandfather and Robert Wolf.

I do what I do (at LLB) because
I love the job.

I am most grateful for
my wife and kids.

Shining professional moment I’m most proud of is
working for Louisiana Land Bank.

Ashley Wilks

Office Administrator I

Ashley Wilks
With LLB since 2013.

My favorite part of working at LLB is
my coworkers!

My favorite thing to do outside work is
spending time with family & anything outdoors (hunting, riding four wheelers, yard work, etc.)

The people who inspire me the most are
my grandmother and grandfather. They have always been an unwavering foundation in my life and I aspire to be more like them everyday.