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President, Chairman
The Union Bank

Chief Executive Officer;President
The Union Bank

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Darrel D. Ryland President / CEO


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Darrel D. Ryland

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Darrel Ryland

,My dad always said, ,If you are going to do something, do it well,,, Ryland, an admitted ,Type-A, personality, said reflecting on his childhood.Those nuggets of wisdom have been a never-ending source of inspiration for the business dynamo who gets a charge out of helping others.
Ryland is a successful banker and an attorney, and gets fired up when speaking about either profession. ,I,ve always had a desire to win in life.I wanted to be successful and when I wanted to do something, I wanted to do it right.I have a passion about banking and I have a passion about law.And in everything I do, I want to be prepared, and do it well,, Ryland said.
He was born in Bunkie but spent his childhood in Effie, La. Ryland,s father, Fred, drove a school bus and helped with the parish department of agriculture.His mother, Corrine, knew from an early age Ryland liked to take center stage, so encouraged him to participate in various clubs at school.In elementary school, Ryland participated in 4-H and entered every public-speaking contest he could.He even entered the school,s talent show to pantomime a song just so he could be on stage.
In the fourth grade, Ryland announced to his two older brothers and his parents that he wanted to be a lawyer when he grew up.While attending LaFargue High School, Ryland played forward and center on his school,s basketball team and even made the all-district team.But his pursuit of a career in public speaking drove him to excel in his school,s Parliamentary Law Team where he served as president.He was active in speech and debate and served as president of his high school class and as the Future Farmers of America president.
After graduation, Ryland attended Louisiana State University at Alexandria for two years.Even at the junior college, he served as president of the Student Government Association.At LSU in Baton Rouge, Ryland graduated with honors earning a bachelor,s degree in business.He then received his law degree after graduating from LSU,s School of Law.He was the first in his family to become an attorney and the first student from his high school graduating class to become an attorney.
Ryland wanted to return to his roots, so moved back to Avoyelles Parish.In high school, he had met his future wife.
After working for a law firm for three years and even being promoted to a full partner, Ryland started his own law firm in 1978.The Darrel Ryland Law Office in Marksville currently has a staff of 10 and is the largest personal injury firm in Avoyelles Parish.That same year, Ryland was asked to be the legal counsel for the Union Bank in Marksville.
,At that time, the bank probably had about $70 million in assets,, Ryland said.
Through the next several years, Ryland,s law business grew and his involvement with Union Bank was becoming more intense.In 1986, Ryland was named the chairman of the Union Bank Board and became the president of Union Bank.Today, Ryland is the largest stockholder of the bank, and Union Bank currently has about $170 million in assets.The bank has branches in Alexandria, Pineville and a loan-production office in Lafayette.
When people ask him how he manages to balance the life of a full-time banker with that of a full-time lawyer, father and husband, he just grins and tells them it is because he has a passion for all the things that are important to him: his family, jobs and friends.
,I tell them it,s not a chore when it,s your passion, it,s a love,, Ryland said with a laugh.
To get paid for doing something you love is a double blessing, Ryland added.The banking industry and the law industry are both competitive businesses, but it is that edge that keeps Ryland sharp.Union Bank is expanding and his law firm has met with much success, usually with 350 clients at any given time.He attributes his law business success to the repeat business and word of mouth generated by his clients he has helped.
,I enjoy competition.It makes me a better banker and a better lawyer.I wouldn,t trade jobs with anyone in Central Louisiana.And I am surrounded by people who make me look good,, Ryland said.
At age 56, Ryland does not foresee any early retirements.In fact, he is spreading his business wings and investing in real estate.And in his leisure, he heads back to his farm in Effie to work with his herd of 75 Black Angus cattle.But it is his work that drives him and which he gains the most personal satisfaction.
,I enjoy the law side, to be able to help others and solve their problems that gets results to make them whole.In the banking business, I get to help people by making them loans and seeing small businesses grow,, he said.
Ryland believes in giving back to the community too.He serves on the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce and has served as the past president of the local Red Cross chapter.Recently, the Union Bank staff contributed money and supplies to evacuees of Hurricane Katrina and Rita.Through Ryland,s direction, they have conducted blood drives and sponsor a Senior Citizen,s Fun Day for area residents.

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