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Jess Laird

President and CEO

Jess Laird is President and CEO of First State Bank in Athens, Texas.  He began his banking career in 1984 as a loan officer and manager of Investex Savings.  He has been with First State Bank since 1988.  His background in lending includes commercial as well as consumer loans and residential mortgages.  His focus now is primarily on management and growth as well as regulatory and legislative issues.

Jess is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree in Biology and has an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Tyler.  He is also a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU.

Jess is married and has two grown children.  He enjoys remodeling houses, working on collector cars, playing guitars and fishing.

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  • Jay Eckert
    Jay Eckert Vice President
  • Kourtney Gillert
    Kourtney Gillert Assistant Vice President
  • Stacey Alen
    Stacey Alen BSA and CRA Officer
  • Wade Carter
    Wade Carter Vice President
  • Sean Medina
    Sean Medina Assistant Vice President - Loan Officer
  • Daniel A Dwelle
    Daniel A Dwelle Senior Vice President
  • Lee Tackett
    Lee Tackett Senior Vice President / Branch Manager
  • Deanne Robertson
    Deanne Robertson Vice President and Manager of E-Commerce Services