Ron E. Samford, Jr. has been President, CEO and a Director of Metairie Bank since March, 2013. Metairie Bank has assets of $485 million with nine locations in Jefferson and East St. Tammany parishes. Previously he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and CFO of First Bank and Trust in New Orleans in 2009-10.
Samford originally moved to New Orleans in 1992 to join Hibernia Corp. as Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. He became Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Executive Vice President in May, 2003, responsible for IT, Loan and Deposit Operations, Small Business Lending, Security, Office Operations, Business Process Solutions and Real Estate/Property Management. He added Human Resources to his duties upon the acquisition of the then $23 billion Hibernia Corp. by Capital One in November 2005, and was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Banking Segment of Capital One until his departure in 2007.
From 1990-92 Samford was Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Team Bank, a $5 billion institution with 54 locations based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in Texas. Prior to entering banking, Samford, a CPA, worked for the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse where he was in the Financial Services Practice Group as a Senior Audit Manager, and led a number of consulting projects, including a two year stint in London, England to standardize the firm’s Audit Guidance Series across the 90 countries in which it operated.
A native of Dallas, Samford earned a B.B.A. and an M.S. in Accounting from Texas Tech University, where he met his wife, Carol, from Tyler, TX. They have two daughters, Jordan Lambert, who lives in Metairie with her husband and three sons, and Claire Richards, who recently returned to New Orleans with her husband from the United Kingdom.
He currently serves on the Board of Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans and is a member of the Jefferson Business Council. Previously he was on the Board of the Louisiana Bankers Association and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans.
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