Citizens Bank & Trust Company has announced the transition of leadership to President/CEO, Adam Johnston.
Johnston has assumed this role, bringing over 15 years of community banking industry experience with a healthy educational foundation and notable leadership direction for both the operations and lending areas of our financial institution. As a seasoned executive, Johnston has conducted financial business throughout the Continental United States and is now settled locally to continue his focus of increasing wealth and prosperity in Northwest Louisiana through the established CB&T brand.
“We expect Citizens Bank & Trust Company to benefit from the exceptional leadership and solid banking expertise that Adam Johnston brings. To boot, he is a man who has entrenched himself in the community through his active participation in numerous organizations and non-profit efforts. As a local financial institution, it is important to us that our leader be an example of our devotion to the community,” said Board Chairman, Henry DeBeaux.
With 15 years as a financial executive, Johnston has established a realm of expertise in management, banking, financial literacy, corporate structured finance, economic development, real estate, and commercial lending. He has been involved as Chairman of the North Louisiana
Economic Partnership Board, board member of the GBEDF, a former member of YPI, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Bossier Chamber of Commerce, Committee of One Hundred, and has received numerous accolades as an ICBA 40 Under Forty recipient and as the recipient of the Emerging Leader Award, given by the American Bankers Association. He has also been an instructor on the Principles of Banking Class, has served on the Executive Leadership Team for the NWLA Go Red for Women AHA Campaign, the Board of Directors for the Bossier Public Trust Finance Authority; and is involved with the Independence Bowl Foundation, Community Renewal International, Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, Junior Achievement, Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission, Loyola College Prep, and more.
His career has afforded him the privilege of meeting and developing professional relationships with many community members-at-large, as well as influential persons within the industry. Johnston is a family man, married with three children and residing in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Citizens Bank & Trust Company is currently the oldest locally owned community bank in Caddo and Bossier Parishes. The primary mission for establishment of the bank was to provide a locally owned financial institution to serve the banking needs of the community. Efforts were made to include businesspersons with varied interests in the community to serve as board members. Their combined business knowledge and contact with citizens of the area were a vital part of the successes of the bank.