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Like the historic city of New Orleans, First NBC Bank was born on the Mississippi River and bred on commerce with the belief that providing real customer service and relationship banking is what customers are looking for in today’s financial market.




Delivering world-class service through developing long-term relationships with our Clients,

while providing a great place to work for our Employees

and demonstrating outstanding corporate citizenship within our Communities,

resulting in exceptional returns for our Shareholders.



From its inception, First NBC Bank has become one of the area's primary lending institutions.

Its portfolio has changed vastly since it began operation in May 2006—a time when the city of New Orleans was still reeling from the largest natural disaster in the history of the United States. Less than a year after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the Gulf Coast, First NBC Bank received its charter to begin operation from the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions. Through overwhelming support from the local community, the Bank’s initial capital footings exceeded $60 million, which set a record for the largest initial capital raised by a Louisiana chartered institution.

The Bank’s founders, led by New Orleans native and veteran Banker, Ashton J. Ryan Jr., were determined to develop a community bank guided by the principals of stability and soundness, building long-term banking relationships, responsiveness to customer needs, high quality service and becoming an active participant, with credibility, in the communities it serves.

Ryan, along with a highly-respected management team, Board of Directors and a strong capital position are making a positive impact on the local economy and continue to play a significant role in the rebuilding and revival of communities throughout the region and state.      

Even during the recent economic downturn, First NBC Bank has not stopped lending and has been applauded for providing financial assistance to small businesses still recovering from the Hurricanes, as well as supplying capital for new small businesses to open their doors. First NBC Bank holds the distinction as an SBA Preferred Lender.

Providing convenient services to where customers live and do business can be seen in the geographical footprint of the Bank. At present, there are 31 banking offices on the South and North Shores of the metropolitan area including the historic 210 Baronne Street Main Office Greek Revival location built in 1927. 

First NBC Bank’s internal commitment to its employees is also recognized and has been selected 5 times by one of New Orleans’ leading business publications “Citybusiness” as one of the “Best Places to Work” in the metropolitan area.




Hats were off to First NBC Bank at a special recognition ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Central Business District on December 6, 2013.

The Bank was selected for the sixth year overall as a “Best Places to Work” company by CityBusiness Newspaper.

First NBC Bank President and CEO Ashton J. Ryan, Jr. said, “The public recognition reflects a great team, dedicated to informing and facilitating our customers' financial needs every day.”

Executive Management also encourages team members to share this badge of distinction with their families, neighbors and professional associates.   


Attending the awards ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Central Business district were, (pictured left to right) CityBusiness Editor Greg LaRose, First NBC Bank Trust Administrator Michael Sylve; Human Resources Director Bill Roohi; Compliance Officer Linda Nelms; Loan Review Officer Drew Booth; HR Recruiting Manager Thuy Lang, Talent Development Manager Jeff Lally; Veterans Branch Manager Oanh Ho; Carondelet Branch Manager Gwen Thibodaux and CityBusiness Publisher Lisa Blossman

As part of the “Best Places Award” acknowledgement, CityBusiness also asked winners to develop creative photos relating to their business for nothing more than good humor. Our bankers were photographed at The U.S. Mint in the French Quarter. The photo simulates a by-gone era in the way currency was once produced.