Merritt Lane, President and CEO, Canal Barge: The Mississippi River’s the whole reason this city is even in existence. All things New Orleans really connect to the rest of the country through the Mississippi River. We’ve continued over generations to try
to build a great company that is very much New Orleans-centric. We love to hire people who are from down here and we love to work with other institutions that are from down here. I see a lot of shared values between Canal and JPMorgan Chase. They actually care about are they helping
us grow our business. They’ll help us analyze, they’ll ask hard
questions. And, they’ve been there with us as we have gone through tremendous growth. They see clearly it is in our mutual best
interest to see Canal Barge succeed.