Metairie, Louisiana – February 09, 2022 – Today, the Board of Directors of Metairie
Bank and Trust Co. announced that John P. LeBlanc will become the community
bank’s new CEO, and Michael A. Gennaro will become its new President. The
announcement comes after the death of beloved former President and CEO Ron E.
Samford, Jr. on January 31, 2022.
“Mike and I are following in the footsteps of a great leader and mentor,” LeBlanc said,
“Together with the entire Metairie Bank team, we will do Ron proud. The future of this 75-
year-old community bank begins now.”
LeBlanc most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of
Hibernia Bank for about a year. Prior to that, he spent four years as Metairie Bank’s Senior
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Metairie Bank, he served as
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Bank of New Orleans and Louisiana
Bancorp, Inc. for 14 years.
For decades, LeBlanc has been an active member of the Greater New Orleans community,
serving as an Executive Board member of the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce and
on the Executive Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society. He received his
Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of New Orleans. LeBlanc resides in
Metairie with his wife, Sherie, and their three children Taylor, Brady and Tanner.
Michael A. Gennaro, the bank’s new President, is a veteran banker and Metairie native
with 35 years of banking experience. Since 2013, he has served as Senior Vice President,
Chief Commercial Lending Officer at Metairie Bank.
Gennaro received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of New Orleans.
He joined Hibernia National Bank in 1988 as a credit analyst, rose ultimately to become
Senior Vice President and Director of New Business Development and Portfolio Manager.
He was consistently ranked among the top business banking producers in the GNO markets
for Hibernia/Capital One. He left there to join Whitney National Bank in 2010 as a
commercial lender in a similar capacity. He is the current Chairman of the Better Business
Bureau of Greater New Orleans, past board member of the Jefferson Parish Chamber of
Commerce, American Diabetes Association, and Business Resource Capital. Gennaro and
his wife Debbie have two adult children, Angela and Vincent.
According to Gennaro, “Metairie Bank and its customers are in good hands. Our next 75
years will be as rock solid as the first”.
Metairie Bank, the Bank of Personal Service, was founded in 1947. With total assets over
$617 million, it is the oldest and largest commercial bank headquartered in Jefferson
Parish, and serves the entire Greater New Orleans area. It has nine branches, including two
banking locations on the Northshore, in Mandeville and Covington, as well as a full-service
remote ATM in Covington.
John P. LeBlanc, Chief Executive Officer
(504) 832-5601; firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael A. Gennaro, President
(504) 832-5660; email@example.com