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Gregory St. Etienne

Chief Strategist

Gregory M. St. Etienne is accomplished in the areas of banking, finance, management and strategic analysis.  While he has held executive positions in city government, wealth management and technology engineering firms, the bulk of Mr. St. Etienne’s career has been in the banking industry.  From the Spring of 2005 to the Fall of 2006, he served as Vice-Chairman and CEO of First Independence Bank in Detroit, Michigan.  He began his banking career at Liberty Bank and Trust Company in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1985, where he served most of his twenty-year stint as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  Throughout his career, he has served on numerous boards of nonprofit organizations in New Orleans. 


Over the past 10 years, he has served as a financial consultant to small businesses, nonprofit organizations and community banks and, more recently, launched a new consulting firm – Innovative Strategic Partners – which includes partners possessing a full spectrum of financial and management expertise. 


A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Mr. St. Etienne holds a B.B.A. degree in Accounting and an M.B.A. from Loyola University, New Orleans and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.