b1BANK Names Mimi Singer Lee Chief Human Resources Officer and Announces Heather Roemer Promotion

July 22, 2019

Baton Rouge, LA – Jude Melville, president and CEO of b1BANK, announced Mimi Singer Lee as Chief Human Resources Officer of the company. Lee has over 20 years’ experience in human resource management, most recently serving as interim Chief Human Resources Officer for Louisiana State University. Heather Roemer has been with b1BANK for 10 years leading human resources and training. Roemer also serves as Corporate Secretary for the bank and holding company. Roemer will continue to lead corporate governance and will oversee the launch of a new division that will be announced next year.

“We have had tremendous growth in the past two years, both geographically and with staff additions,” said Melville. “Mimi’s extensive background in talent acquisition and engagement along with policy administration will enhance current training and development programs while further evolving our culture as we continue to grow. With this change, Heather will be able to focus on corporate governance and spearhead a new corporate initiative that I’m really excited about.”

Dr. Lee earned her PhD in Human Resources Education from Louisiana State University and has experience in recruitment, employment, selection, retention, employee relations, policy administration, and training and development. She also holds the Certified Professional designation by the Society for Human Resource Management. In addition to overseeing training and development, she will lead recruitment efforts and culture implementation.

“I’m excited to join b1BANK during this time of growth,” said Lee. “I’m looking forward to working with the executive team and the entire group of banking professionals, to help continue this forward momentum in the coming years.”

Roemer is a graduate of Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University where she served as class president, is a graduate of Louisiana State University, and holds the Certified Professional designation by the Society for Human Resource Management. She has led recruiting, employee relations, benefits administration, compensation and training for the past ten years in addition to overseeing corporate governance for the bank. In her new role, Roemer will be expanding corporate governance and leading initiatives that will increase the bank’s community involvement and employee engagement.

“As part of the executive team I’ve had the privilege of being a part of our growth which includes, among other things, the bank’s headcount and total assets quadrupling. I’m excited the Bank is of a size now to make a significant impact on the communities we serve and I’m looking forward to the launch of our new division.”

 

About Business First Bancshares, Inc.

Business First Bancshares, Inc., through its banking subsidiary b1BANK, operates 25 banking centers in markets across Louisiana and in Dallas, Texas. b1BANK provides commercial and personal banking, treasury management and wealth solutions services to small to midsize businesses and their owners and employees. Visit www.b1BANK.com for more information. Business First’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “BFST.”

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