Exchange Bank announces expansion


Exchange Bank announces expansion with the opening of its new Loan Production Office in Pineville as well as the promotion of three new officers. The Exchange Bank Board of Directors announced the promotion of Jared Ganey, Laura Lyles, and Claire Harrington at their January Board Meeting.

Jared Ganey was named Vice President and Loan Officer at Exchange Bank. Jared will manage the new Exchange Bank Loan Production Office, located in Skyline Plaza, 3493 Hwy 28E, in Pineville.  Jared has been in banking over 16 years in the Rapides and LaSalle Parish areas. He graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and served as President of the Louisiana Bankers Education Council. Jared is a graduate of Jena High School and the Northwestern State University School of Business. He is married to Mandy Ganey and has two kids, Rylon and Raegan, who attend First Baptist Church Pineville.

The new Loan Production Office will be devoted to lending activities and will include space for client meetings and closings. Lending options will include residential, consumer, small business and commercial loans. According to Mike Newton, President and CEO, “A significant percentage of our customer base is from our neighbors in Rapides, Grant and LaSalle Parishes, and having a local office in that area is a natural growth path for Exchange Bank.”

In Natchitoches at the Exchange Bank South Drive branch, Laura Terrell Lyles was named Branch Manager and Loan Officer.

Laura is a Natchitoches native and graduate of Natchitoches Central High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern State University in Hospitality, Management & Tourism, and went on to earn her MBA from Nicholls State University. Laura brings 10 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business management to the Exchange Bank team. In addition to commercial, consumer, and mortgage lending, she will serve as Branch Manager for the 104 South Drive location and will be heavily involved in the marketing and advertising for the bank.

Laura is married to Dr. Chris Lyles, NSU alumnus and Assistant Professor of Biology at NSU, and they have two boys: Carson, age 5, and Cooper, 18 months. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches, an Ambassador for the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Natchitoches Young Professionals, and an active alumna of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.

Located at the Main Office on Front Street in downtown Natchitoches, Claire Harrington was named Operations Officer. Her job duties will include accounting, accounts payable, and payroll.

Claire is a Natchitoches native who graduated from St. Mary’s High School and went on to Northwestern State University to graduate with a Bachelor degree in General Studies, with a concentration in Culinary Arts. Claire is engaged to be married to Brandon Mayeaux. They are members of the St. Anne Catholic Church in Natchez. Claire is also an Ambassador for the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Natchitoches Service League, and an active alumna of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.

“It’s an exciting time for Exchange Bank,” states Joe Henry, Chairman of the Board. “With the addition of several bright young employees and our expansion into Pineville, we have a great level of energy and momentum going into 2017.”

Newton says of the expansion, “We are excited to welcome Jared, Laura and Claire to our team. They are each valuable assets who share our bank philosophy of providing exceptional customer service. We look forward to serving the Pineville area with the same level of customer care.”

Exchange Bank Board of Directors includes Chairman J.M. “Joe” Henry III, Michael S. Newton, John W. Luster, Sidney Evans, and Harold J. Boutte’ Sr.  Founded in 1892, Exchange Bank is the oldest bank in Louisiana! Learn more about Exchange Bank at