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Business First Bancshares Inc (BFST.OQ)

BFST.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Greer

70 2011 Independent Chairman of the Board

David Melville

43 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Gregory Robertson

46 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

Jack Byrd

71 2018 Director

Lloyd Alford

72 2012 Independent Director

John Graves

76 2012 Independent Director

David Laxton

69 2015 Independent Director

Rolfe McCollister

62 2005 Independent Director

Andrew McLindon

56 2012 Independent Director

Patrick Mockler

49 2012 Independent Director

David Montgomery

57 2012 Independent Director

Arthur Price

52 2012 Independent Director

Fayez Shamieh

72 2012 Independent Director

C. Stewart Slack

62 2012 Independent Director

Kenneth Smith

55 2012 Independent Director

Thomas Stewart

63 2005 Independent Director

Steve White

58 2012 Independent Director

Robert Yarborough

64 2012 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Greer

Mr. Robert S. Greer, Jr., is Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. He currently serves as Chairman of the board of Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. Greer previously served as President of multiple insurance companies during his career. He retired in 2013 from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of LEMIC Insurance Company, a workers’ compensation insurer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Greer served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of LEMIC Insurance Company since 2001. Mr. Greer holds a bachelor’s degree in insurance from Louisiana State University. Mr. Greer also previously served as a director of Starmount Life Insurance and as a director of Woman’s Hospital. Mr. Greer benefits our board of directors through his extensive business knowledge and experience in the insurance industry as well as with valuable insight gained through his service on other boards of directors. His commitment to our success is also demonstrated by his service as its Chairman of the board.

David Melville

Mr. David R. (“Jude”) Melville, III., is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Business First and Business First Bank . He has served in these capacities since 2011 and has held various management roles since the Bank’s chartering in 2006. Prior to becoming a community banker, Mr. Melville served as a captain in the U. S. Air Force. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard College and a Master’s of Science in Management from the London School of Economics. Mr. Melville is also a 2007 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He serves on the executive board of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and as a member of Louisiana’s Committee of 100, a board member of the Louisiana Bankers Association and a member of the Federal Reserve Sixth District’s Depository Institutions Advisory Council, among other affiliations.

Gregory Robertson

Mr. Gregory Robertson is Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer of the Company. He has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Business First Bank since January 2017 and has been with Business First since 2011. He previously served as our Chief Banking Officer. He has been in the banking business since 1996. Mr. Robertson worked at City Savings Bank and Trust Co. from 1996 to 2011, where he served in many capacities, including branch manager, commercial lender, program manager for City Savings Financial Services, and Senior Vice President. As Chief Financial Officer for Business First Bank, he leads the finance and risk areas of the Bank including accounting, treasury and investments, credit, special assets, Bank Secrecy Act, compliance, internal audit, enterprise risk management, risk analytics, and project management. Mr. Robertson graduated from Northwestern State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Jack Byrd

Mr. Jack E. Byrd, Jr., is Director of the Company. He has been serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank, and also as Chairman of the Northwest Louisiana Region for Business First Bank. Mr. Byrd’s career began with over 20 years as a practicing certified public accountant, and his banking career began in 1987 when he was named President of Minden Building & Loan Association. In 1989, Mr. Byrd was named President of Minden Bank and Trust and served in that capacity until 1999, when it was merged with Regions Bank. Mr. Byrd served as President of North Louisiana for Regions Bank from 1999 to 2007, where he oversaw 30 branch offices. After his time with Regions Bank, Mr. Byrd returned to what was now MBL Bank as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO until its acquisition by Business First in 2018. Mr. Byrd’s extensive banking experience throughout North Louisiana, including in executive leadership positions, and understanding of financial accounting provides our board with valuable insight and knowledge.

Lloyd Alford

Mr. Lloyd Benny Alford. is Independent Director of the Company. He has been serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. Alford owns and operates Benny’s Car Wash & Oil Change, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was first employed by the car wash in 1964, and took over the operation from his father in 1970. He has since expanded services to include convenience stores, five oil changes, and seven car washes with more expansion planned for the future. Mr. Alford is past president of the International Car Wash Association and is in the Car Washing Hall of Fame. Mr. Alford brings to our board of directors valuable knowledge and experience relating to the ownership and management of small businesses.

John Graves

Mr. John Graves is Independent Director of the Company. He is currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. Graves is President of Evans-Graves Engineers, Inc., in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has served as the firm’s President since 1986. Mr. Graves holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University. He previously represented East Baton Rouge Parish on the Regional Planning Commission for 26 years, and he presently serves as Chairman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering External Advisory Board at LSU. He also currently serves on the board of directors for Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation. Mr. Graves brings entrepreneurial and business building skills and experience to our board of directors. He also provides valuable insight and experience as a result of his service on the boards of directors for other companies and institutions.

David Laxton

Mr. David L. Laxton, III., is Independent Director of the Comapny. He currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. Laxton has over 35 years of experience in the energy and distribution industries. He was one of the founders of Edgen Group Inc., a global supplier of specialty pipe, fittings, plates, valves and structural steels to the energy industry. He served from its founding in 1996 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until his retirement in 2014. During his tenure, he supervised the acquisition of more than a dozen companies located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Dubai and Singapore. He also co-led Edgen’s initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange, and managed over $2.0 billion in company, bank and public market debt offerings. In addition to his experience in the energy industry, Mr. Laxton served on the board of directors of American Gateway Bank from 1996 until its 2015 merger with Business First Bank. While on that board, he served as Chairman for five years and also as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Our board of directors believes that it will benefit from Mr. Laxton’s valuable corporate and banking experience, as well as from his specific knowledge regarding the markets and our customers.

Rolfe McCollister

Mr. Rolfe Hood McCollister, Jr. is Independent Director of the Company. He currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. McCollister is the founder of Louisiana Business, Inc., which publishes Greater Baton Rouge Business Report (started in 1982), 225 magazine, inRegister magazine, Daily Report online news, Louisiana NEXT, Welcome magazine, 10/12 Industry Report and other specialty publications. Louisiana Business, Inc. also produces the Baton Rouge Business Awards and Hall of Fame, Influential Women in Business, the Louisiana Business Symposium, Forty Under 40 and several other annual events. Mr. McCollister is a graduate of Louisiana State University and currently serves as a board member of the LSU System Board of Supervisors. His business management experience, previous service on the board of directors of three banks, and many community contacts enable him to make valuable contributions to our board of directors.

Andrew McLindon

Mr. Andrew D. McLindon is Independent Director of the Company. He currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. McLindon has served since 1989 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mainspring Companies, LLC, a management firm that oversees operations for the following companies: MBD Construction, a commercial construction firm; MBD Maintenance, a commercial building maintenance company; MBD Automation, an automated equipment installation provider; Genlease, a provider of emergency power solutions; McLindon Development, a real estate development company; 4 Real Estate Services, a property management company; and Modus, LLD, a national facility services company. Mr. McLindon earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Louisiana State University. Mr. McLindon brings executive decision-making, leadership and risk assessment skills to our board of directors as a result of his experience in the construction industry. His experience in real estate development and construction also benefit our board of directors.

Patrick Mockler

Mr. Patrick E. Mockler is Independent Director of the Company. He currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. Mockler has served as President of Mockler Beverage Company, ALP since 2007, and has been a partner of Mockler Beverage Company, ALP since 1995. Mr. Mockler holds a bachelor’s degree in international trade and finance from Louisiana State University. He has also served as a partner of New Orleans Eagle Investments, LLC since 2009. Mr. Mockler is an active participant in his community, having served in various capacities on over a dozen non-profit boards. Currently Mr. Mockler serves on the Louisiana Workers Compensation Corporation board and serves on the Sports BR Board. Mr. Mockler brings valuable business management skills and key relationships to our board of directors.

David Montgomery

Mr. David A. Montgomery, Jr., is Independent Director of the Company. He currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. Montgomery has served as Vice President of Montgomery Agency, Inc., an independent insurance agency, since 1990. Mr. Montgomery is a Certified Public Accountant and he is currently a councilman at large with Bossier City, Louisiana. He also served for 14 years as the Chairman of the Budget Committee for the Bossier City Council. Since 1996, Mr. Montgomery has served on the Finance Committee for North Louisiana Volunteers of America. Mr. Montgomery holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University. Mr. Montgomery brings extensive knowledge of the insurance and accounting industries to our board of directors. He also provides valuable knowledge and insight derived from his service for civic and governmental organizations.

Arthur Price

Mr. Arthur Price is Independent Director of the Company. He currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. Price has served as Vice President, Finance / CFO for Badger Oil Corporation for over twenty years and was named President / CFO in 2017. Badger Oil and its affiliates participate in the exploration, drilling and production of crude oil and natural gas, with primary operations in the Louisiana Gulf Coast region and the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining Badger Oil, Mr. Price worked as an oil and gas accountant with a specialized firm located in Lafayette, Louisiana. As a senior member of the oil and gas community, Mr. Price is an active board member of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. Mr. Price is also a former member of the board of The Lafayette Petroleum Club, having served as Treasurer and President. Mr. Price received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now The University of Louisiana, Lafayette) in 1989 and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Fayez Shamieh

Mr. Fayez K. Shamieh, M.D., is Independent Director of hte Company. He currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Dr. Shamieh is a physician specializing in neurology. In 1979, Dr. Shamieh founded Neuro Associates in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and has been a senior member at the clinic since that time. Dr. Shamieh earned a degree in medicine from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He completed his Neurology Residency and a fellowship in Neurophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Shamieh has been a member of a nonprofit organization called Physicians for Peace, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, where for the past 23 years the volunteer members from all over the United States provide and enhance the up to date advances and the teaching to the medical communities of the needy countries all over the world. In addition to treating the most difficult and complicated cases, these volunteers carry with them donated equipment and huge amounts of medicine. Dr. Shamieh concentrated and led the medical missions to the Palestinian West Bank and the area of the Holy Land at least once or twice a year. He currently serves as a counselor for Southern Medical Associates and has previously served on the board of directors for the Louisiana State Medical Society. Dr. Shamieh brings entrepreneurial and business building skills and experience to our board of directors, having successfully managed his own medical clinic for over thirty years. He also has valuable connections within the business and medical communities we serve.

C. Stewart Slack

Mr. C. Stewart Slack is Independent Director of the Company. He currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. Slack is a commercial real estate executive currently serving as principal and founder of JSW|Group, a development services consulting group in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Slack previously served as Vice President of KDC Real Estate Development & Investments, a national real estate development company headquartered in Dallas. From 1998 to 2013 Mr. Slack was managing partner in Slack-Alost Development, a regional real estate development company. Mr. Slack also served as founder and President of Slack Alost Architecture from 1985 to 2013. Mr. Slack served as a director for Premier Bank, later Bank One, from 1989 to 2000. Mr. Slack serves and has served on a number of community and non-profit boards including The Strand Theater Corporation, Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100, LSU Health Sciences Center Foundation Board, National Institutes of Health Grant Awards and many others. Mr. Slack is an active member of several commercial real estate industry organizations. In 2000, Mr. Slack was appointed by Governor Mike Foster to a six year term on the LSU Board of Supervisors serving as Chairman in 2004. Mr. Slack holds a degree in Architecture from Louisiana State University, a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the Cox School of Business at SMU and recently achieved CCIM designation, commercial real estates most prestigious certification. His specialized business knowledge in commercial real estate development, CRE finance, investments, architecture and construction, combined with 20 years of bank board experience adds value to the company and shareholders.

Kenneth Smith

Mr. Kenneth Smith is Independent Director of the Company. He currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. Smith, a Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor, is President and Chief Executive Officer of T. Baker Smith, LLC, a professional services firm that provides planning, environmental, surveying, engineering, and construction management services. Mr. Smith has been with T. Baker Smith, LLC since 1980. He also serves as Managing Partner for the following companies: TBS Mexico, TBS Holding, LLC, a real-estate holding company; Four C’s of Houma, LLC, a personal investment company; and Mega Beast Commercial Realty, a commercial real estate company. Mr. Smith serves as a Partner at JPS Equipment Rentals, LLC. Mr. Smith served as the President for the Houma Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, South Central Industrial Association, South Louisiana Economic Council, and the Louisiana Pipeliners Association, and he currently serves as a member of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association and Louisiana Association of Business & Industry. Mr. Smith earned a degree in civil engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He brings extensive business skills and experience to our board of directors, having successfully managed his own business for many years. Mr. Smith is also an active leader in his community and serves on the boards of many civic organizations. His many professional and community contacts benefit our board of directors.

Thomas Stewart

Mr. Thomas Everett Stewart, Jr. is Independent Director of the Company. He currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. Stewart has been retired since 2009. From 1988 to 2009, he served as President of Interstate Logos, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lamar Advertising Company. Mr. Stewart also served as a board member of Lamar Advertising Company for several years, and he served on the board of The Business Bank of Baton Rouge for two years. Mr. Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Auburn University. He has extensive business knowledge and brings years of experience managing a subsidiary of a publicly-traded company to our board of directors.

Steve White

Mr. Steve White is Independent Director of the Company. He currently serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. White has served as the Business Manager for the William A. Robinson Trust since January of 2009. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Bear Creek Services, an oil and gas venture with development and production in an approximate four-state area. Mr. White’s previous work experiences include serving in roles as President, Senior Vice President, and other executive roles in U.S. and international logistic businesses. He also served as a Chief Operations Officer in the home health and hospice industry. Mr. White graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering in 1985. Mr. White’s experience in asset management and his knowledge of the oil and gas industry are valuable to our board of directors.

Robert Yarborough

Mr. Robert Yarborough is Independent Director of the Company. He is also serves as a director for Business First and Business First Bank. Mr. Yarborough is the Chief Executive Officer and co-owner of Manda Fine Meats, a meat processing company headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Yarborough has been with Manda Fine Meats since 1976. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University. Mr. Yarborough has served as a director for a number of non-profits and business associations, and currently serves as a board member of the LSU System Board of Supervisors. Mr. Yarborough brings leadership, business knowledge and valuable community contacts to our board of directors through his long experience in managing a business and through his service on various other boards.