Carter Leak, IV

President and CEO, Commercial Lending

If you’ve seen
Carter on a sports field—whether he’s playing basketball, anchoring the bank’s
Dodgeball crew, or coaching kids from the sidelines, you know that when Carter’s
on your team, you’re playing to win. In 2014 he traded a position at CB&I
(previously The Shaw Group, Inc.,) in Charlotte, NC, to return to St.
Francisville—his childhood home—to join the bank his father built, stepping
into the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. With Carter
came his wife, Brittany, and their children—Harrison, Mary Field, Madzy, and
Jack Samuel. And just like that, St. Francisville got not just another banker,
but also a coach, a community leader, and a whole family of team players.

Carter’s
broad-ranging experience enables him to moves easily between the realms of
banking and business. He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association’s National
Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University, and is currently in
his final year in the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
While in Charlotte he served six years as Vice President and Controller within
the Engineering, Construction, and Maintenance Segment at CB&I, prior to
which he served in multiple financial roles within Shaw, including Controller
for the company’s Plant Services Segment in Baton Rouge. In each of these
groups, Carter provided financial leadership during periods of explosive growth
in size and profitability. Prior to joining Shaw, he served a wide array of
different businesses and industries at KPMG LLP in its financial audit practice
for nearly 4 years.

Carter is a licensed
Certified Public Accountant, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Accounting from LSU in 1997. He is a graduate of the Charlotte Leadership Forum
and today invests significant time in mentoring young men and boys through his
involvement with non-profit organizations including Big Buddy, Young Life, and
Rotary International, as well as through local sports programs and his church.
Carter also represents West Feliciana on the Board of Directors of the Baton
Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce and is Co-Chairman of the Young Life Committee
in West Feliciana Parish. In St. Francisville and throughout West Feliciana
parish, Carter wears his commitment to family and community on his sleeve, because
as he says, “No matter what socioeconomic background you come from,
we’re all in it together.” For Carter, that’s the definition of community.
Isn’t that the kind of player you want
on your team?