Iberville Bank names Robert Smith its new President and CEO

Staff reports

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Robert “Bob” M. Smith, who has more than 30 years of banking experience in Louisiana, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Iberville Bank. Smith replaces Lawrence “Larry” Melsheimer, who retired Feb. 1, 2011, following almost 40 years of service with Iberville Bank.

Prior to accepting the position with Iberville Bank, Smith served for four years as President and CEO and as a board member of Fidelity Bank in Baton Rouge. Smith began his banking career with Louisiana National Bank in 1980, then served for 22 years as an officer with Citizens Bank, where he also was a member of the bank’s Board of Directors. Smith graduated from Millsaps College in 1977, earned an MBA from LSU in 1980, and graduated from the School of Banking of the South in 1988.

“Bob Smith is among the most respected bankers in the Baton Rouge area and we are most proud that he has agreed to accept the position of President and CEO of Iberville Bank,” said John Higdon, President and Chairman of A. Wilbert’s Son’s Lumber and Shingle Co., the bank’s holding company. “His 30-plus years of experience in the banking business in our area makes him a great asset and we are confident that under his leadership Iberville Bank will continue to grow and serve even more customers.”

Higdon said that much of Iberville Bank’s current strong position in the capital region is due to Melsheimer’s leadership.

“In his almost 40 years with Iberville Bank, Larry Melsheimer’s leadership made it possible for the bank to expand to adjoining parishes and maintain numerous branch offices that serve thousands of individual customers and businesses,” Higdon said.

Smith is and has been active in a wide range of community activities, including service as President of the Rotary Club of Plaquemine, Chairman of the Board of the Iberville Foundation for Academic Excellence and Administrative Board Chairman of University United Methodist Church. A graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater Baton Rouge program, Smith has also been active in Habitat for Humanity, the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus, United Way and Sunrise Rotary Club.

Smith is married to Lucy Burrus Smith and has two sons.

In business since 1931, Iberville Bank has more than 100 employees, as well as branch offices in the parishes of Iberville, Assumption, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston and West Baton Rouge. The bank has assets of $223 million. Iberville Bank also owns and operates Iberville Insurance Agency, LLC, which provides a wide range of insurance products to area consumers and businesses.