American Gateway Bank announces the election of David Laxton to chairman of the board. Laxton is an executive vice president and the chief financial officer at Edgen Murray. Laxton was previously the vice chairman of the board. He has been with American Gateway Bank as a board member since 1996.

Nicole Cronkhite has been promoted from tax consultant to senior tax consultant of tax services in the Baton Rouge office of LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors.

Barry Kilpatrick has joined Iberiabank as an executive vice president. He served at Whitney National Bank as the Baton Rouge market president.

Adams and Reese Partner Kevin Hayes has been named to the Board of Directors of the Southern University Law Center/Martinet Foundation Marshall-Brennan Project, which is designed to improve and promote the civic literacy of East Baton Rouge Parish high school students.

Wyatt Graves was installed as president of the Childcare Association of Louisiana. Graves is the executive director of Fundamentals Early Learning Centers.