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John F. French
John F. French
Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board
Fenn French, a businessman, is a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He is a Newman graduate who received an Economics degree from Sewanee, and earned an MBA from Tulane University.
Fenn and his wife, Shane, are raising three children and are very civic minded and committed to our community. Shane is a physician at Ochsner Baptist as well as a member of The Women of the Storm. Coming from a family with a long history of philanthropy for New Orleans, Fenn and Shane continue their dedication to the city by contributing to and sitting on numerous local charity boards. After a number of years away from New Orleans, Fenn returned in 1990 and opened a men's clothing store in downtown New Orleans. After Katrina, Fenn partnered with local businessmen and community leaders to found a new bank, First NBC, the largest bank ever formed in Louisiana. Again, his efforts brought new jobs to New Orleans and Louisiana. In 2011, First NBC was named the second fastest growing company by City Business and is currently the third largest bank based in Louisiana with approximately $4 billion in assets. The bank went public in 2013. Fenn also serves on the Louisiana Pilotage Fee Commission, regulating and setting fees for the state river pilots.