Citizens Bank & Trust
The Face of Banking
When BLDG 5 broke ground in January of 2019, owners Misti and Brumby Broussard asked their friends and family to contribute dirt from their own homes, businesses and places special to them so that they would all be a part of this business from the “ground up.” Citizens Bank & Trust Branch Manager/Vice President Karen Yonts and Senior Vice President Jim Purgerson were in attendance with their own dirt. As the bank that helped BLDG 5 become a reality, they were now part of the family.
“We saw their business develop from the start,” says Yonts. “We were there for the whole process with a personal touch, whether it was delivering loan papers for them to sign or attending the ribbon cutting.”
Established in 1916, Citizens Bank’s mission is to be “Business Bankers, Business Partners.” In addition to providing a full range of business services, Citizens can also take care of customers’ personal financial needs–at six offices in the Baton Rouge area. Lending decisions are made locally with a team focused on helping businesses grow.
In the case of BLDG 5, which opened the doors on its market, restaurant and bar in November 2019, Citizens Bank “just got it,” says Misti. “They understood small business, saw our dream, and they have been our partners ever since.”
A native of New Iberia, Brumby wanted to move back to his home state from California to be closer to family. He stumbled upon the BLDG 5 location beneath the Perkins Road underpass by accident one day. BLDG 5 was an opportunity for the Broussards to invest in their new community and share their love of food and entertaining.
Citizens Bank made that happen. “Citizens supported us through everything–a pandemic, loans, the grand opening,” says Misti. “They made things so easy and were always hands-on. Now that we’re open, we see them often for lunch, dinner or drinks on the patio.”