Argent Trust Expands Funeral Trust Services

Contact: Brooks Campany, Argent Financial Group, Inc.  |  318-243-4275

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 7, 2018 – Argent Trust Company today announced it has added two new members to its executive team, Steve Jackson and James Breaux, as part of its purchase of Live Oak Bank’s trust business.

Jackson, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, joins Argent as senior vice president of the company’s funeral and cemetery division and will be responsible for overall management of the division. Breaux, based in New Orleans, joins as senior vice president and national sales executive. Jackson and Breaux report to Mark Milton, senior vice president of institutional services, also based in New Orleans.

“I have worked before with Steve and Jim and have tremendous respect for each of them,” said Milton. “Both share Argent’s philosophy of providing fiduciary-level services to our clients. With their deep knowledge and proven client service and business development skills, they will be a tremendous addition to our team.”

Jackson is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, Certified Financial Planner and Certified Public Accountant and has more than 30 years of banking, trust and funeral services experience. Before joining Argent Trust, Jackson was CEO of Live Oak Trust, a division of Live Oak Bank. Before that, he was senior vice president and regional trust manager for Regions Bank. Jackson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Arkansas University.

Jim Breaux

Breaux, who has more than 20 years of banking and trust industry experience, will be responsible for business development for institutional trust services, retirement plans and funeral and cemetery trust services. Before joining Argent Trust, he was head of trust sales for Live Oak Bank. Before that, he was senior vice president and national sales executive for Regions Bank. Breaux earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of New Orleans.

“I’ve worked with Argent’s financial professionals for many years and have seen firsthand their commitment to client service,” said Jackson. “I am excited about the opportunity to help the company grow our funeral and cemetery services division.”

“I am thrilled to be working again with Mark, who hired me when I was with Regions, and Steve, who I worked with at Live Oak,” said Breaux. “Argent has an amazing reputation for client service and I look forward to joining Mark’s team and providing quality solutions for our clients.”

 About Argent Trust Company
Argent Trust Company is a division of Argent Financial Group (AFG), a leading independent fiduciary wealth management firm. Responsible for $19 billion in client assets, AFG provides individuals, families, institutions and businesses 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) management, and financial, retirement and estate planning. The company was also recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. AFG is the only financial services company in Louisiana to make the prestigious list. For more information, visit



Argent Financial Group

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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