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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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  • Daniel A. Dwelle
    Daniel A. Dwelle Senior Vice President
  • Dan Winfrey
    Dan Winfrey Vice President of Human Resources and Training
  • J. Armando Rincon
    J. Armando Rincon Assistant Vice President
  • Deanne Robertson
    Deanne Robertson Vice President and Manager of E-Commerce Services
  • Kim Hodges
    Kim Hodges Vice President of Marketing
  • Jason Hayes
    Jason Hayes Vice President and Controller
  • Kourtney Gillert
    Kourtney Gillert Assistant Vice President
  • Lee Tackett
    Lee Tackett Senior Vice President / Branch Manager