About Us


President's Message

American Gateway Bank was granted a bank charter and commenced operations in West Baton Rouge Parish in 1905. Our Bank has proudly been a part of the growth and prosperity of this area since its inception. Since opening our doors to the public, American Gateway Bank has prided itself on addressing the needs of depositors, borrowers, and customers utilizing the latest in banking products and services in all of the communities that we now serve.

In today's fast paced banking industry, we are pleased to remain a community bank offering that personal one-on-one customer service that the national banks just cannot deliver. Our staff of professionals is 100% local and we have no plans to make any changes that would affect our abilities to know our customers by name or our atmosphere of caring about people. So as your friends and neighbors, American Gateway Bank will continue to be at the forefront in assisting and creating economic growth and well-being for the residents and businesses just as the Bank has done for the last 109 years.

American Gateway Bank has three convenient banking locations in West Baton Rouge Parish, five in East Baton Rouge Parish, and one location each in Livingston and Ascension Parishes.

We appreciate the opportunity to serve our customers and welcome the opportunity to serve other banking prospects that want a bank to be "more than money".


Don Ayres

Bank History

American Gateway Bank was founded as Bank of West Baton Rouge in 1905 by sugar cane farmers and community leaders, to better serve the needs of the community in Port Allen, Louisiana. A state banking charter was issued for the bank to begin operating on November 1, 1905 but this was apparently moved one day because of All Saints Day. Old minute books and other records indicate that the first stockholders meeting was held around the middle of 1905 at which time a Board of Directors was elected who in turn elected officers of the bank. The first board members were A.V. Dubroca, President, Henry Cohn, Jr., Vice President, J. Bradford Laws, A.W. Norman, David Devall, H. Wilkinson and Olga Mary.

William L. Bernard was named the first cashier of the bank at a salary of $75 per month. Bank President Dubroca's salary was set at $100 per month.

Since that time the bank has had 7 presidents; A.V. Dubroca, Thomas Erwin, L.T. Bernard, Irvin L. Mouch, T.W. Thibodeaux, Herman J. "Monday" Lowe and current president and CEO, Don W. Ayres.

The bank first located on the ground floor of the Masonic Blazing Star Lodge paying $15 a month rent. This building still stands in Port Allen, Louisiana and is now the Early Bloom Day Care facility. In 1933, the bank purchased all of the assets and the building and property of the Port Allen Bank and Trust Company. This building no longer stands. It was eventually torn down when the levee of the Mississippi River was moved.

The bank moved to its present location in 1958, constructing a new building. This building has seen several additions including the most recent one completed in 2002.

In 1991, the Bank implemented a long range plan of "Investing in the Future". American Gateway Bank has more than doubled in asset size in the last 10 years. This growth also included branching into East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension parishes, and has allowed American Gateway Bank to become the largest community bank in the entire Greater Baton Rouge area.