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Little Leaguer’s Dream Comes True
Hometown Community Bank Elects 12-Year-Old Honorary President

Washington, DC (August 23, 2005)—Most young boys dream of becoming big league ballplayers or firemen, but Louisiana Little League catcher Jordan Romero said his dream is to become a bank president when he grows up. The 12-year-old won’t have to wait that long, he has already been named honorary president of MidSouth Bank, his hometown community bank in Lafayette, La.

Jordan can start the job as soon as he’s done playing in the Little League Baseball World Series championship this week in Williamsport, Pa. His team’s game tonight will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

“Community banks are in the business of making people’s dreams come true every day,” said C.R. (Rusty) Cloutier, the current president and CEO of MidSouth Bank. “When we heard that Jordan wanted to become a bank president, we naturally wanted to help make his dream come true. MidSouth Bank is a community bank through and through that way.”

Jordan caught the ceremonial first ball thrown by President Bush during the Southeast Little League Southeast Regional Tournament last week in Waco, Texas – one of only four people to ever catch such a pitch. The board of directors of MidSouth Bank formally voted to give Jordan the honorary position of bank president after learning about the seventh-grader’s career ambition. His teammates, most of who say they want to become professional baseball players, were named honorary vice presidents of the community bank.

Cloutier is a past chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), the nation’s largest banking trade association and the only trade association exclusively dedicated to serving community banks.

Characterized by their superior personal service, community banks are committed to developing strong personal relationships with their customers. In addition to providing a wide range of quality financial products and services for their customers, community banks dedicate countless hours and resources making local economies thrive and making their communities better places to live.

"In this day in age when community banks are facing intense competition from megabanks, it’s nice to know that a kid like Jordon aspires to such an admirable livelihood. Community banks are an integral part of the economic and civic life of thousands of towns and cities across America," said Camden R. Fine, president and CEO of ICBA. "They work hard to improve the quality of people’s lives in their communities whenever possible. Giving youngsters like Jordan new opportunities is just one example of what community banks do every day."

For more information about community banks, visit www.icba.org. For more information from MidSouth Bank, contact C.R. (Rusty) Cloutier or Melanie Riedl at (337) 237-8343.