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A Walk Down Memory Lane

Since our founding, the goal of Citizens National Bank has been to be a bank that is sound, profitable and to be a bank that will continue to grow.  All while providing a personal banking experience for our customers and engaging in the communities we serve.


It was an ambitious enterprise back in 1985 when the first Citizens National Bank opened for business especially since the local and national economies were in a downturn.  The bigger, stronger institutions were acquiring many of the smaller banks while other banks were facing closure by the regulatory authorities. But that first group of local businessmen believed their concept of a locally owned and managed bank was viable. A bank that provided modern banking services with a personal, one-on one connection to financial expertise was, at this time, a rarity. Their sharp instincts and business insights proved them right.

October 7, 1985

Citizens Bank opens for business in its first location at 2005 Benton Road in Bossier City, Louisiana.

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Citizens National Bank grew in both asset size and profitability. By 1988, just three years after opening, the bank launched the first branch in the Heart O’Bossier Center, a convenient locale to area businesses and neighborhoods. This location made its unique concept of banking service delivery more easily available to a much larger group of businesses and individuals.


Citizens announces a stock dividend for the first time.

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Citizens announces formation of one-bank Holding Company (Citizens National Bancshares, Inc.)


Main Office opens for business.


Branch opens at 1545 East 70th Street in Shreveport, Louisiana.


Citizens begins Real Estate Mortgage Operations.


Citizens celebrates its 20th Anniversary.


Branch opens at 330 Marshall Street in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana known as the Beaird Tower.


The bank becomes the #1 bank in Bossier Parish by deposits and celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

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We can be proud of the fact that our values and purpose have stayed just as strong as they were the day we opened our doors.  Today, Citizens National Bank has 12 locations in Caddo, Bossier, Desoto, Claiborne and Webster Parishes.  Our dynamic growth enables us to serve more communities by offering a wide range of banking products and services backed by capital strength to our market areas.

Dec. 2010 - Mar. 2011

Consummates merger of Citizens Bank & Trust Company of Springhill into Citizens National Bank, N.A. of Bossier City, Louisiana.

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Citizens National Banks opens Citizens National Investment Services in the Beaird Tower in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana.

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The implementation of the Executive Management team with 6 vice presidents reporting to the President and CEO


Branch opens at 18 Machen Drive in Springhill, Louisiana.

April 2016

Jason D. Smith becomes the President and CEO of Citizens National Bank.

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Is there a reason for our success?  The answer is a resounding “Yes.”  It goes back to the people.  Those dedicated, experienced and responsible local people with a vision of having a local bank in strong hands.  That same level of integrity is realized in Citizens National Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Jason Smith’s vision for the bank.  That vision is for our shareholders, employees and clients to realize their shared potential and maximize the potential of the communities we serve.

January 2018

Rollout of the Employee Volunteer Program.

August 2018

Voted one of the Best Banks to Work for 2018 by American Banker

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May 2019

Reach a Billion Dollars in assets.

Summer of 2019

Opened our Citizens Customer Care Center, C4.

November 2019

Received the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award by The Association of Fundraising Professionals.

December 2019

Opened our South Bossier Branch.

January 2020

Dawn Bastarache joined the CNB family as our Chief Operations Officer.

First Quarter 2020

Moved operations, Security, C4, And Finance to Beaird Tower Downtown Shreveport.

March 2020

Voted by Biz Magazine “Best Place to Work” four years in a row.

Second Quarter 2020

CNB originated over 565 SBA PPP loans for Northwest La Businesses and provided funding for over 8,560 families paychecks.

Fourth Quarter 2020

Initiated a new Online and Mobile digital platform for personal and commercial customers.