Preston L. Kennedy

ICBA Past Chairman

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


Preston L. Kennedy is 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 also serves on ICBA’s Policy Development and Nominating committees and is Executive Committee liaison for the Agriculture-Rural America Committee.  

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 has also served as a board member for 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.