At Origin Bank, everything we do matters: that's the difference.
Each month the Chamber will share the story of one of its members. This month we are shining the spotlight on Chamber member Origin Bank.
“At Origin, we are changing people's perception of banks. We believe we are life changers. We go beyond the transaction to develop relationships with our customers, so that we can truly understand what makes them unique. We are trusted advisors who understand the specific needs of our clients in order to custom fit solutions to their financial needs. We are encouragers, financial counselors and problem solvers. And it is our promise to always make every customer feel like the only customer, every time.”
Origin Bank believes in empowering their employees to support their communities. Life can be hard, but work doesn't have to be. We want every employee at Origin Bank to look forward to coming to work each day. This is an environment where you are empowered to make people's day and accomplish your dreams. Origin’s employees get satisfaction out of their work and believe they can make a positive difference in the world.
Origin Bank has been serving local communities for more than a century. Since being established Origin has cultivated and refined the culture of their organization into something Origin can embrace and be proud of. They serve customers across three states, and their mission is always the same – to passionately pursue ways to make banking more rewarding for their customers, employees, shareholders and communities.
Origin Bank's Growth & Development
Origin Bank, formerly known as Community Trust Bank, has been committed to serving our community since 1912. Origin has helped people, small businesses, and large companies grow and prosper throughout Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi — and continue to do so through their strong focus on customer service.
The bank’s milestones:
- After the land deed was signed by Teddy Roosevelt, the Bank of Choudrant (Lincoln Parish, LA) opens its doors in 1912 with a Capitalization of $10,000.
- Bank of Bernice (Union Parish, LA) is acquired in 1987 and the name is changed to Community Trust Bank.
- Community Trust Bank acquires First United Bank (Farmerville, LA) in 2005, further deepening its dedication to Union Parish (LA).
- Community Trust Bank rings in the New Year in 2008 by becoming a billion dollar bank. Community Trust Financial Corporation opens its first location in Dallas, TX.
- Community Trust Bank continues its commitment to growth and prosperity by acquiring First Louisiana Bank (Shreveport-Bossier in 2009 City, LA).
- Community Trust Bank continues its expansion to Fort Worth, TX and Plano, TX.
- In 2012 Community Trust Bank pledges to continue to serve its communities as it celebrates its 100th Anniversary.
- Community Trust Financial Corporation acquires Thomas and Farr Insurance Agency.
- In 2015, Community Trust Bank changes its name to Origin Bank.
- Origin Bancorp, Inc., the financial holding company for Origin Bank, goes public in 2018 on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
- Origin Bancorp, Inc. acquires Reeves, Coon and Funderburg Insurance and Financial Services.
The Origin mindset of building strong relationships isn’t exclusive to our customers. It starts with the tight-knit teams that make each of our banking centers feel more like a home. And it extends out into the communities that we’re so proud to support through donations of time and money. Altogether, this culture is the reason we’ve been voted as one of the best places to work year after year.
The Chamber of Commerce is proud to have Origin Bank as a Pillar member, one who always goes beyond the expectations of the chamber. We want to thank Drake Mills, Chairman, Beth Zachry, Brandon Maxwell, Tim Tettleton and Quentin Durr (chamber board member) and many more Origin employees for their participation and support.
Robert and Summer Lemoine started Forever and Always Boutique on October 2, 2005. Back then, a booth at Bonnie & Clyde Trade Days in Arcadia, Louisiana and a booth at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas paid the bills. Starting out with a line of Christian t-shirts that evolved into biker patches and du rags that grew into women’s clothing before adding jewelry, purses, and caps. The business has now grown into a bargain boutique offering clothing and accessories for women and children in addition to some other things.
Fast forward a few years and festivals were introduced to the line-up of events. In 2019, prior to COVID, Forever and Always was attending approximately 32 events each year over multiple states, including Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, and Georgia. That number dropped to 0 in 2020 and has become the “new normal,” for now. Hopefully, next year will allow for the return of the festivals.
In 2013, a brick-and-mortar store became a reality. The first location was across the highway from where they are now. In 2016, Forever and Always bought out an existing prepaid cell phone store, B Wireless, that has continued to offer phone plans at huge discounts when compared to “traditional” services.
In 2020, Robert and Summer decided to add insurance to the lineup. This led to the creation of The Lemoine Agency, which now offers critical illness, life, disability, and even dental, vision, and hearing insurance policies. They also offer a health savings account with matching funds for people and a similar plan for their pets.
In the Spring of 2021, they realized there was a need for better internet options and began the search. They now offer Backroads Wi-Fi for people desiring affordable and reliable internet using the AT&T cell towers.
Most days, Robert runs the store until Summer gets off work at Sonic. Sometimes, he is a little later getting there because of making house calls to either demonstrate the internet they offer in a potential customers home or helping an elderly person with phone issues in the comfort of his or her home.
The line of kids’ clothing has increased tremendously over the years, but they try to maintain prices in the pre-COVID range. In fact, they came across one of their ads from 2015 and still had the same prices on most of the clothing and all the purses and caps.
At Forever and Always Boutique, Robert & Summer are always trying to meet their customer needs. They have been a longtime supporter of the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce. Our appreciation goes out to them as their business grows.
To learn more about everything they offer, call 318-381-9449 or visit their website: www.ForeverAndAlwaysOnline.com