b1BANK appoints Jerry Vascocu as Chief Administrative Officer

Business First Bancshares, Inc.

BATON ROUGE, La., Nov. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jude Melville, President and Chief Executive Officer of b1BANK, announced that N. Jerome “Jerry” Vascocu, Jr. will be appointed Chief Administrative Officer of Business First Bancshares, Inc. .(NASDAQ:BFST) and b1BANK. Vascocu will be the first administrative director of the bank. He has over twenty-seven years of banking experience, most recently as Director of Commercial Banking Strategy for First Horizon Bank.

“The b1 culture is attracting a growing number of highly talented people to the banking industry, and I look forward to welcoming one of these influential leaders, Jerry Vascocu, to our team,” said Melville. “As we grow in the present, our horizons expand in the future. Jerry will help guide our efforts to explore and execute on these opportunities as a member of our leadership team while joining many of our steering committees. As Managing Director, he will partner with our Directors of Asset Management, Financial Institutions, Human Resources and Marketing to support the teams they lead.

In his recent role at First Horizon Bank, Jerry led the development and implementation of customer-focused strategies for commercial banking teams across the bank’s 12-state region. During his 17-year career with IBERIBANK and First Horizon, Vascocu also served as President of the Acadiana Market in Lafayette, Louisiana, President of the Central Arkansas Market in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Business Relations Manager and Chief Operating Officer. team in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“I am delighted to join b1BANK during an important phase of growth,” said Vascocu. “Jude and the management team have created a great internal environment that empowers team members to focus on customers and the community. This strong commitment to customers combined with a culture that energizes and encourages is a formula for continued success across b1BANK’s growing footprint. I look forward to exploring the opportunities available today and in the future.

Vascocu is also a member of the board of directors of the Ochsner Lafayette General Hospital, the Ochsner Lafayette General Foundation, the Ragin Cajuns Athletic Foundation of the University of Louisiana Lafayette and is a member and past president of the Louisiana Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization International. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Financial Officer of One Acadiana, Commissioner of the Louisiana Economic Development Authority (LEDA), Board Member and Chairman of the Operational Excellence Committee of United Way of Acadiana, chairman of the Ascension Episcopal School Board. of Trustees and Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette BI Moody School of Business Advisory Council.

Vascocu earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Vanderbilt University and currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana.

About Buifness First Bancshares, Inc.
Business First Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: BFST), through its banking subsidiary b1BANK, has $5.8 billion in assets, $6.3 billion in assets under management through the b1BANK subsidiary, Smith Shellnut Wilson, LLC (SSW) (excluding $0.9 billion of b1BANK assets managed by SSW) and operates banking centers and loan origination offices in the Louisiana markets and the Dallas and Houston, Texas, providing commercial and personal banking products and services. Commercial banking services include commercial loans and letters of credit, working capital lines and equipment financing, and cash management services. b1BANK was voted Best Bank in the State of Louisiana by Forbes and Statista, and is a multi-year winner of American Banker’s “Best Banks to Work For”. Visit b1BANK.com for more information.

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