First Guaranty Bank: Banking on Women

by Allison Ryan
Apr 3, 2024

Originally featured in the 2024April/May of Tangi Lifestyles

For 90 years, First Guaranty Bank has been known for its legacy of caring for their customers and giving back to local communities. But it is their dedication to their employees that also makes a significant impact. 

First Guaranty Bank employs 375 women which is about 75% of their workforce.

We all know a woman (or two) in our lives who juggles multiple roles with grace and wears multiple hats. One role worth mentioning is Community Banker.

Women are leading the way in community banking, right here in our own neighborhoods. And you don’t have to look far to see it in action. 


Katherine Campbell, who first started at the bank as an intern in 2011, has become the youngest Controller in the country, overseeing all the accounting at First Guaranty Bank. When asked what kept her here over the years, she said, “it’s the family feel. You have one-on-one relationships with everyone including the President/CEO, Alton Lewis. Alton talks to everyone—he's not on the 15th floor or at a remote location where no one ever talks to him. And that’s what makes First Guaranty different.”  

“This is a career,” added Brianna Lowe, Branch Manager at FGB’s Guaranty Square. “I feel like First Guaranty pours into me as an individual. As an employee, they want me to exceed on all levels. There is room for growth and advancement if you want it.”  

At First Guaranty Bank, it is evident that women have a seat at the table. They are encouraged to speak up and lead their teams. 

Women with different backgrounds, levels of education, and life experiences are thriving and succeeding at First Guaranty Bank. All you need is confidence and the desire to work hard. 

Ladies Standing in front of Pink Wall with Confetti

Christy Wells’ work ethic and hard work has been admired during her twenty-nine years at the bank. It’s one of the reasons her managers encouraged her over the years to become the SVP/Regional Manager she is today.  

Cheryl Brumfield, Vice President/Commercial Lender and Desiree Simmons, Chief Administrative Officer both have similar mottos when it comes to the workplace: Always accept an opportunity if it’s offered to you – just say yes and do it! 

In an industry that is rapidly growing and changing, First Guaranty Bank is banking on women.

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