Preston L. Kennedy

ICBA Immediate Past Chairman

President and CEO, Zachary Bancshares, Inc., Zachary, LA


Preston L. Kennedy is immediate past chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), the only national advocacy organization that exclusively represents community banks.

President and CEO of Zachary Bancshares Inc., in Zachary, La., Kennedy serves in many leadership roles at ICBA.

He serves on the Executive Committee, board of directors and Federal Delegate Board (FDB). He is chairman of the ICBA Nominating Committee, a member on the Policy Development Committee and Executive Committee liaison for ICBA’s Political Action Committee, ICBPAC. He is also an ex-officio member of the Consolidated Holdings and the Services Network boards.

Preston was treasurer on the ICBA Executive Committee in 2014-2016, at-large director in 2011-2012 and ICBA’s state delegate for Louisiana on the FDB. He has served on the ICBA Securities board and as a past committee member of the Cyber and Data Security Committee.  

Kennedy has always maintained longstanding ties to his community. He is a former president of the Feliciana Chamber of Commerce and the Zachary Chamber of Commerce. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Zachary and has served on the boards of small business incubator, Dixie Business Center, and the Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation.

Kennedy attended Silliman Institute, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Louisiana State University E. J. Ourso School of Business, and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

He lives in Baton Rouge, La., with his wife. They have six children and twelve grandchildren.