Mr. Plough has over 35 years of experience in banking and business development primarily in the Greater New Orleans area. He began his career at State-Investors Savings and Loan in 1985 and helped to grow the institution from $40 million to more than $400 million in assets until its acquisition in late 2014. He advanced from teller through every department in the bank to Senior Vice President, Executive Management, and the Board of Directors. His responsibilities included asset and liability management, interest rate risk modeling, cash flow analysis, loan funding, physical and cyber security, bank and deposit operations, and branch administration as chief operating officer. He also opened a new branch location in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina to help serve displaced customers while rebuilding the flooded and damaged branches in New Orleans.
After the bank acquisition, he spent a few years in business development and marketing helping to bring the Authentic Title Company back to local prominence in New Orleans. He worked with local and regional lenders and realtors to increase the number of real estate transactions at the Company. While at Authentic, he established a biweekly bus tour visiting current listings and open houses with 20 realtors and sponsors.
In 2019, he returned to banking with Hancock Whitney Bank working with over 30 managers and 33 branch locations in greater New Orleans and the river parishes. He was most recently involved in the chartering of the first de novo bank in the State of Louisiana in over 13 years.
Mr. Plough was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from Jesuit High School and the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business in Finance and Management. He is actively involved with and on the Board of many local civic, school, and charitable organizations. He has been the President of the Carrollton Rotary Club and is currently the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Mater Dolorosa Council #15676. He served on the Board of Commissioners of the New Orleans City Park Improvement Association from 2001 to 2010. In 2004 the Board developed the 2018 Master Plan for the 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans. This Plan helped guide the Park's recovery after Katrina. He has served as Finance Chair and Board member of the Times-Picayune Doll and Toy Fund for the past 20 years. He was Chairman in 2019 and continues to volunteer his time and skills for one of the oldest Christmas toy distribution non-profit organizations in the country, having been organized in 1896.
Mr. Plough splits his time between his primary residence in New Orleans and the RREAF office in Dallas. Jerry and his wife, Nancy, have three children, Corinne, Francis, and Shannon.