BATON ROUGE, La., May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EY recently announced that John D’Angelo, CEO of Investar Bank, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Gulf Coast Area. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. D’Angelo was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 14, 2018 (the Bank’s 12th anniversary), at the Marriott Marquis Houston.

“I am humbled to be an award finalist but I did not get here alone,” John D’Angelo, President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “Over the past 12 years we have grown into a $1.6 billion asset bank and I attribute our success to our dedicated employees who every day deliver the highest level of customer service to our clients. Our approach to innovation is simply to hire exceptional people so we can take the best care of our communities,” D’Angelo continued.

The Investar story represents a realization of the American dream. The Bank started operating in 2006 inside a trailer and in 12 years has grown to a $1.6 billion company headquartered in Baton Rouge, La. In 2014 the Bank’s Holding Corporation went public and ISTR is currently traded on the Nasdaq Global Market.

Now in its 32nd year, the EY awards program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on Nov. 17, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, the Kauffman Foundation and Merrill Corporation. In the Gulf Coast Area, regional sponsors include Colliers International, DLA Piper, ADP, Solomon Edwards, Chatham Financial, Pierpont Communications and Houston Business Journal.

About Investar Bank
Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR), parent company of wholly-owned subsidiary Investar Bank, had total assets of approximately $1.6 billion as of March 31, 2018. Investar Bank is a full-service community bank headquartered in Baton Rouge, La. offering extensive banking products and services for individuals and businesses for over 10 years. The Bank serves several markets across South Louisiana with 20 branches: the Baton Rouge area (four branches in Baton Rouge, one in Denham Springs, one in Port Allen, one in Gonzales, one in Prairieville, one in Jackson, one in Slaughter, one in St. Francisville & one in Zachary), Hammond, the Acadiana area (one in Lafayette, one in Ville Platte, one in Mamou and one in Pine Prairie) and the New Orleans area (one in Metairie, one in Elmwood and one in Mandeville). Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. To learn more, visit www.InvestarBank.com.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

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Contact:
Lisa O'Deay
225.227.2330
lisa.odeay@investarbank.com