Gibsland Bank & Trust announces retirement of Chairman Emeritus J.R. Johnson

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Gibsland Bank & Trust (GBT), Chairman & CEO Thomas Martin announces the retirement of Chairman Emeritus J. R. Johnson. Johnson served GBT and its customers for 58 years, leading generations of directors, officers and staff as Cashier, Vice President, President, CEO, Chairman, and Chairman Emeritus. 

“The foundations laid by Mr. Johnson continue to support civic and economic activities in GBT’s market, which has grown from one location in Bienville Parish to 11 locations in five parishes,” Martin said. “His efforts will continue to benefit communities for generations to come.” 

It was noted that although Johnson is retiring from active service his legacy will continue through those he has so admirably mentored and trained during his 58 years of service at GBT. 

At a reception held in his honor, Johnson was presented a 65-year service award by Ginger Laurent, CEO of Louisiana Bankers Association. GBT directors, officers and staff presented a proclamation and declared December 17 as J. R. Johnson day to be observed annually at the bank. 

In his honor, the foyer of the Main Branch in Gibsland has been named the J. R. Johnson Foyer. 

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