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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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  • Stacey Alen
    Stacey Alen BSA and CRA Officer
  • Dan Winfrey
    Dan Winfrey Vice President of Human Resources and Training
  • Cathy Jezek
    Cathy Jezek Senior Vice President
  • Pam Johnson
    Pam Johnson Assistant Vice President and Assistant Cashier
  • Steve E. Moore
    Steve E. Moore Executive Vice President
  • Julie Armstrong
    Julie Armstrong Vice President / Branch Manger
  • Sue Cardin
    Sue Cardin Vice President / Branch Manager
  • Michael Austin Neill
    Michael Austin Neill Sr. Vice President / Branch Manager