Business First Bancshares Inc. (BFST) Appoints Jerry Vascocu as Chief Administrative Officer

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b1BANK President and CEO Jude Melville announced N. Jerome “Jerry” Vascocu, Jr. as Chief Administrative Officer for Business First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: BFST) and b1BANK. Vascocu becomes the bank’s first Chief Administrative Officer. He has over 27 years of banking experience and most recently served as Director of Commercial Banking Strategy for First Horizon Bank.

“The b1 culture appeals to a growing pool of highly talented individuals in 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 broaden in the future. As a member of our leadership team, Jerry will help guide our efforts to explore and implement these opportunities while also serving on several of our steering committees. As Chief Administrative Officer, he will work alongside our heads of Asset Management, Financial Institutions, Human Resources and Marketing to support the teams they lead.”

In his most recent role at First Horizon Bank, Jerry led the development and execution of client-centric strategies for commercial banking teams in the bank’s 12-state region. During his 17-year career at IBERIBANK and First Horizon, Vascocu also served as Market President of Acadiana in Lafayette, La., Market President of Central Arkansas in Little Rock, Ark., and Commercial Relationship Manager and Team Leader in Baton Rouge, La .

“I look forward to joining b1BANK at a significant period of growth,” said Vascocu. “Jude and the leadership team have created a great internal environment that gives team members the autonomy to focus on customers and the community. This strong commitment to customers combined with a culture that provides energy and encouragement is a formula for continued success in b1BANK’s growing presence. I look forward to exploring the opportunities that exist today and in the future.”

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

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

About BuyouNess First Bankshares, Inc.Business First Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: BFST) has $5.8 billion in assets through its banking subsidiary b1BANK and $6.3 billion in assets under management through b1BANK subsidiary Smith Shellnut Wilson, LLC (SSW) (excluding $0.9 billion of b1BANK assets managed by ). SSW) and operates banking centers and loan production offices in markets throughout Louisiana and the Dallas and Houston, Texas areas, and provides commercial and personal banking products and services. Commercial banking services include commercial loans and letters of credit, working capital lines and equipment financing, and financial management services. b1BANK was named #1 Best-In-State Bank, Louisiana by Forbes and Statista and is a multi-year winner of American Bankers “Best Banks to Work For”. Visit for more informations.

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