Hancock Bank has named four veteran banking and business leaders as retail market presidents for the South Mississippi regions they serve. John Keilholz, who began his Hancock Bank career in 1993, currently manages the company’s Northern Division, which comprises seven South Central Mississippi Hancock Bank financial centers and more than 70 employees. Keilholz earned a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) with high honors. He also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and the Mississippi School of Banking.
Clay Leyser is the division manager for Hancock Bank’s 12-branch Western Division and has more than 21 years’ experience in the financial services arena. He earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of Mississippi. He also graduated from both the Mississippi School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He joined Hancock Bank in 1997 and has served as a business analyst, Diamondhead branch manager and retail banking area manager.
Micah Necaise joined Hancock Bank as a part-time teller while still a Bay St. Louis High School outstanding athlete and student leader. After entering the bank’s Management Associate Program, he worked in several bank departments before manager of Hancock’s Peacock retail area. Necaise has more than 16 years’ financial services experience. He earned a bachelor of science degree in finance, master of business administration degree and master of science degree in psychology from William Carey University and was the school’s Outstanding Male Business Student. He also graduated from the Mississippi School of Banking and is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
David Thomas, a 29-year veteran of the Gulf Coast financial services industry, currently manages the company’s Eastern Division, including 10 southeastern Mississippi Hancock Bank financial centers and more than 100 employees. A Pascagoula native, Thomas earned a banking and finance degree from Mississippi State University. He also completed Advance Managers School at Marquette University, real estate and banking curriculum at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, consumer lending and retail management training at the University of Georgia and Hancock Bank Commercial Credit School. Thomas is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.