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David “Jude” R. Melville III

David “Jude” R. Melville III serves as president and CEO of b1BANK and a director of Business First Bancshares Inc. (Nasdaq: BFST) and b1BANK. Prior to becoming a community banker, 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 of science in management from the London School of Economics. Melville is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He serves as chair of the Federal Reserve Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC), secretary of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), and chair of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS), in addition to other affiliations, including Louisiana’s Committee of 100.

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