Argent Hires New Trust Officer – Bridget F. Van Gansbeke

LOUISVILLE, KY (January 8, 2015) – Argent Financial Group and its subsidiary Argent Trust Company, are pleased to announce the addition of Bridget F. Van Gansbeke as Trust Administrative Officer.

In her new role, Van Gansbeke will work with the existing Louisville office staff to serve trust clients and to develop relationships with prospective clients. Van Gansbeke has over 11 years of experience in the Trust Services Industry serving the needs of clients in the Louisville market. A native of Louisville, Van Gansbeke holds a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts (Political Science) with a Minor in Business Administration from Maryville College in Maryville, TN.

Van Gansbeke joins a seasoned team of wealth management professionals in Argent Trust’s Louisville office. Nicole Jacobsen-Nally manages the office as Market President and Senior Trust Officer. She manages client relationships with individuals and institutions. Jacobsen-Nally has served clients for 25 years in a similar capacity with other Louisville trust and financial services entities.

Tim Barrett serves as Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor. Barrett serves high net worth families to meet estate planning, financial planning, and trust needs as he has done for over 20 years both as an attorney and recently as a wealth management professional.

Elaine R. Crowdus serves Argent Trust as Assistant Vice President and Trust Officer. Crowdus provides administrative support to clients as she has done for over 32 years in the financial services industry locally.

Argent’s Louisville team also includes Frank Hosse, Chief Investment Officer of Argent Trust, Howard Safer, CEO of Argent Trust and Brooks Campany, Vice President and Trust Officer of Argent Trust. Hosse, Safer, and Campany have provided services to Louisville area clients in conjunction with Jacobsen-Nally for the last 10 years. Safer has been recognized as one of Worth magazine’s “Best Financial Advisors”, Inducted into Research Magazine’s 2012 Hall of Fame and one of the Top Five National “Most Innovative Investment Professionals” by Ticker magazine.

“We have experienced a great deal of growth since we opened the Louisville office less than three years ago. Our growth has created a need to add experienced professionals to serve the needs of our existing and prospective clients. The addition of Bridget to our team affords us the opportunity to serve even more of the Louisville market.” says Nally.

“Argent Trust is committed to employing highly qualified professionals to serve clients on a local basis. We are excited that Bridget decided to join our Argent Trust team” said Kyle McDonald, CEO of Argent Financial Group and chairman of Argent Trust Company.

“This team continues Argent’s success with local, client-focused service supported by the resources of a regional wealth management firm” added McDonald.

About Argent Financial Group

Argent Financial Group, domiciled in Ruston, Louisiana, was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930. Responsible for more than $11 billion in client assets, Argent Financial Group provides individuals, institutions and businesses in the Southern U.S. with a broad range of wealth management services including trust administration and related services, investment management, family office services, retirement plan and charitable organization administration, mineral (oil and gas) rights management, and financial, retirement and estate planning. For more information, visit



Argent Financial Group

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, Argent Financial Group (Argent) is a leading, independent, fiduciary wealth management firm. Responsible for more than $30 billion in client assets, Argent provides individuals, families, businesses and institutions with a broad range of wealth management services, including trust and estate administration, investment management, ESOPs, retirement plan consulting, funeral and cemetery trusts, charitable organization administration, oil and gas (mineral) management and other unique financial services. Headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana, Argent was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930.

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