A Singer native as been named the assistant vice president of lending at Merchants and Farmers Bank.

“We are pleased to add Trevor (Cooley) to our growing team of local and professional bankers in Vernon Parish and Southwest Louisiana. Trevor is a very important part of our plans for expanding our presence in the Vernon, Beauregard and Calcasieu markets,” Bank CEO Ken Hughes said.

Cooley was born and raised in Singer graduating from Singer High School in 2002. He and his family recently moved back to his hometown after residing in DeRidder. He earned his Bachelor's in Marketing from McNeese State University and Masters in Executive Bank Management from the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

“Merchants & Farmers is very well managed and very respected organization in this community which I very much look forward to being part of,” Cooley said.

He started his career at the former City Savings Bank in DeRidder in 2009. He worked briefly at Chase Bank before moving to First Federal Bank of Louisiana in Lake Charles in 2016. Cooley is excited to work for Merchants & Farmers Bank.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to give back to the community that has been my home. I want  to use my experience to provide the best service possible for my customers,” Cooley said.

The most fulfilling part of his work is having the ability to help those in need. “Most often when a customer approaches us, they have a real need to be fulfilled,” Cooley said. “Here at Merchants & Farmers, we have a real ability to help those in our community with local decision-making.
“That speaks to the heart of what community banking should feel like that the decision is made right here.”