• Funny name, serious business

    Chadler Cornett

  • CHADLER CORNETT

    Funder, Fisherman, Philanthropist and Friend.

    Innovator, strategic thinker, proven leader, recovering economic developer, forward thinker, entrepreneur, avid fisher, education reformer, objectivist, and friend

  • DRIVE

    You can tell a lot about a man by reading his autobiography - Anonymous

    We haven't met yet, but I hope that'll soon change. Until then, a few things you should know:

     

    1. No, I didn't say Chandler--it's Chadler. The story behind it is a funny one, think matriarchs, romance novels, and the early 1980s. You'll hear about it one day, but in the meantime, friends, colleagues, and clients call me Chad. And I have a feeling you'll fit into one or all of those categories soon.

     

    2. I'm a banker. There, I said it. But whatever you know about bankers or the banking profession--bad suits, spreadsheets, cap tables and TPS reports*--throw them out the window. These are only the tools that enable me to do what I love--help people fulfill their goals. Opening that second restaurant, starting your real estate empire, getting over that revenue plateau, and anything in between. Your goals are my goals. Maybe I can help you? Note: Really only software developers use TPS reports--that was a joke, and my suits are always on point.

     

    3. I work to live and I work to give. It may sound cliche, but I don't really care--it's the truth. Much of my energy is poured into the work that I do; I enjoy it and I'm pretty good at it. One of the things I love about it is that my success is directly tied to the success of others. I love digging in and finding the opportunities and solving the problems that lead to growth. But all that being said, that work doesn't define me but only empowers me to pursue what does--investing my time helping those who cannot help themselves through my philanthropy and getting the most out of every moment spent with my friends and family, and the newest edition to the fold, a precocious Boston Terrier named Harper.

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  • WORK

    "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius

    INVESTAR Bank (NASDAQ: ISTR)

    Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking  

    (2017 – Present)

    Chad serves as Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking for Investar working with business $2 million in revenue to $200 million to provide quality add value solutions. Chad assists with deposits, real estate transactions, treasury services, capital lending and working capital solutions. Chad' specialty is working with companies in the chemical/petro chemical sector, specifically those involved in FEED (Front-end Engineering and Design) as well as professional services, non-profits and restaurant franchise.

    Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF)

    Vice President, Commercial & Industrial Banking 

    (2013 – 2017)

    Chad served as a Commercial Banker for Regions Bank. Chad consistently placed in the top 10% of Regions Bankers earning Chairman Club Status each year.

    Universal Industrial Assets

    President 

    (2011 – 2013)

    Chad led Universal’s investment recovery program, business development initiatives and inventory acquisition strategy. He worked closely with equipment rebuilders and chemical plants to support quality reuse and repurpose of industrial process equipment.

    Baton Rouge Area Chamber

    Director of Business Development 

    (2006 – 2011)

    Chad led business development for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), where he managed a strategic economic development program for City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge. Chad was responsible for quality job growth, new capital investment and positive economic development policy for East Baton Rouge Parish.

    Area Development Partnership

    Vice President of Economic Development  

    (2005 – 2006)

    Chad began his career as a project manager and ultimately VP of economic development with the Area Development Partnership. Chad was responsible for business recruitment and expansions across a tri-county area. 

  • EDUCATION

    Degrees, certificates and accreditations.

    Louisiana State University

    Graduate School of Banking

    The Graduate School of Banking is one of the most prestigious designations in community banking. The School provides graduate level study by bank officers and faculty from across North America.

    National Development Council

    Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP)

    The Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification Program™ is a rigorous training series that explores the skills essential for the successful practice of economic development – business credit and real estate finance analysis techniques, loan packaging procedures, negotiating and problem solving skills and deal structuring technique

    University of Southern Mississippi

    Masters, Economic Development

    Bachelors, Finance

    Chad studied at the best university in Mississippi receiving a Bachelors in Finance and Masters in Economic Development. During his time at Southern Miss he held many student and academic leadership positions.

  • AWARDS & PHILANTHROPY

    "When you learn, teach. When you get, give." - Maya Angelou

     

     

    Boys & Girls Club

    Great Futures Gala Honoree

    The Great Futures Gala honors young professionals invested in the Greater Baton Rouge community while achieving success professionally.

    Mentorship Academy

    STEAM Charter High School 

    Founding member

    A Project Based Learning environment that prepares all students to be successful in college, career, and citizenship. With over 500 students the school has achieved great success in delivering a focused science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum. Mentorship academy is an open enrollment chart catering to at-risk students.

    Baton Rouge Business Report

    Honoree

    2009 recipient of the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Forty Under 40 honorees—the most influential young professionals in the Capital Region

    OPTIONS, Inc.

    Board of Directors

    OPTIONS mission is to help people with disabilities live and work in the community. OPTIONS currently serves over 200 families and is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, family-like environment.

    Baton Rouge Film Commission

    Commissioner

    The Baton Rouge Film Commission (BRFC) which acts as a liaison for all film and video projects working within the city of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge parish. In partnership with the Office of The Mayor-President and Visit Baton Rouge, to make the Baton Rouge area the most film friendly location in Louisiana!

  • THE BLOG

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

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