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Business Graduates

Kayne Pierce, MBA

Kayne Pierce, LSUS Alum

What I do now:
I am a commercial lending manager for Citizens Bank & Trust of Vivian, a small community bank based in Caddo Parish. We handle loan requests for up to $6 million for a variety of businesses in the Ark-La-Tex and beyond. In addition to lending, we offer a variety of banking services.

My work/job consists of:
Managing existing business relationships, overseeing a team of lenders, bringing in new loan opportunities for the bank, growing the commercial loan portfolio, and assisting the bank president with special projects as needed.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
It's in my own hometown and the academic quality is excellent!

Path to my career position (how I got from the past to the present):
I began my banking career as a personal banker at the former AmSouth Bank on Youree Drive. I took advantage of an opportunity to move to the commercial real estate department. There, I watched the commercial lenders work with their clients and I thought to myself, "That's what I want to do!" I was offered a job at a small bank to perform credit analysis and it was a great training ground for a future lender. Eventually, I became a commercial lender and have very much enjoyed my work.

Fond Memories of LSUS:
I met my wife in the HPE building even before I was a Pilot! We were training to be lifeguards for the City of Shreveport.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Dr. Bill Bigler's capstone course in the MBA program opened my eyes to many advanced management topics. It was the best class I have ever taken.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
Without my education and development at LSUS, it would be much more difficult to set myself apart from others in my field.

Advice to college-bound students:
Remember that you are there to learn and hone professional skills! Of course, you will make some friends along the way.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Get the MBA! It is worth it a hundred times over...and take some finance classes.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Focus on what you love and where your talents are. At the intersection you will find success. Money isn't the end goal, but you'll make enough of it if you love what you do.

My toughest professional challenge:
As a commercial lender, I become very invested in my clients and their businesses. It is sometimes difficult to say "no" when you really do believe in someone. I make a lot of friends and I try to make my "nos" more constructive... like "not yets."

My toughest personal challenge:
Remaining focused on my family while managing work and investments! Success is nothing without my wife and daughters.