2014 Alumnus of the Year
Mr. Joe S. Exnicios ’73
Longtime Whitney Bank executive and New Orleans community leader Joe Exnicios became Whitney Bank President in June 2011 upon completion of the Hancock Holding Company and Whitney Holding Company merger. A New Orleans native, Joe joined Whitney in 1978 and rose to become a Sr. Executive Vice-President and the Whitney’s Chief Risk Officer. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from LSU (’77) and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola School of Law (’90). Joe also graduated from the prestigious Graduate School of Banking of the South, now the Graduate School of Banking at LSU (‘87).
Joe led Whitney’s Metro New Orleans Commercial Banking Division from 1999 through 2008 prior to becoming the company’s Chief Risk Officer. As Chief Risk Officer for Whitney, Joe led the company’s Credit Administration, Credit Review, Appraisal Review, Audit Services, Regulatory Compliance, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering and Legal Department. During his term as Chief Risk Officer for Whitney, Joe established a formal bank wide Enterprise Risk Management Program, centralized the bank’s regulatory compliance function and reengineered Credit Review into a conventional risk-based credit review function. Joe has made numerous presentations to the investment community and dealt extensively with bank regulators in his role as Chief Risk Officer.
Long active in many local business and civic organizations, Joe is currently Chairman of the Board of the UNO Foundation and is a member of the UNO President’s Advisory Council. He serves on the Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal Executive Committee and chaired the 2005 and 2006 campaigns in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Joe is a past chairman of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New Orleans, the U.S. Navy League GNO Council, the Greater New Orleans Educational Television Board of Trustees WYES-TV12 and the Metropolitan Crime Commission. Other organizations that Joe has been involved with in the past include the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the American Red Cross, Southeast Louisiana Council. Joe currently serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, the LSU Health Science Center Foundation, the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Boy Scouts of America SELA Council and is a member of the Business Council of New Orleans. Joe is currently serving as the Chairman of the United Way’s 2013 Annual Campaign and serves on the I Will Give You Shepherds: the Campaign for Priestly Formation committee. Joe has also recently joined the Century Foundation Board.
A non-practicing Certified Public Accountant, Joe is a member of the Society of Louisiana CPAs, the AICPA and the Louisiana Bar Association. In 2006 Joe was awarded the Archdiocese of New Orleans Order of St. Louis Medal. Joe was recognized in 2008 by the Young Leadership Council as a Role Model and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Greater New Orleans Chapter as the 2008 Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year. In 2009 St. Elizabeth’s Guild recognized Joe as a Volunteer Community Leader and in 2011 Joe was recognized by Family Services of GNO as one of its Ten Outstanding People.
Joe and Debbie Exnicios were married in 1980 on Joe’s 25th birthday and they have a 22 year old daughter, Emily. In 2011 Joe and Debbie created the Joseph and Deborah Exnicios Family Fund with the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This fund was established to support efforts that are important to Debbie and Joe; their parish St. Pius X, the Archdiocese of New Orleans in general and the wider community. Through their fund Debbie and Joe have supported organizations and ministries including the Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal, St. Pius X, the Archdiocese campaign for the seminaries, I Will Give You Shepherds: The Campaign for Priestly Formation, Family Services of Greater New Orleans, WYES-TV12 capital campaign, the UNO Foundation and Covenant House, where in November of 2012 Joe joined 44 other business and community leaders to participate in the Covenant House Sleep Out where he slept outside in a sleeping bag the Thursday night before Thanksgiving as an expression of solidarity with the nearly one million homeless youth across the nation and here in New Orleans. A proud Crusader, Joe was the 1,000th graduate of Brother Martin High School in May, 1973.