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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 14A

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities

Exchange Act of 1934 (Amendment No. )

       
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Origin Bancorp, Inc.

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    NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
OF STOCKHOLDERS
       

 

 

 

500 South Service Road East, Ruston, Louisiana 71270

 

March 14, 2024

 

DEAR ORIGIN BANCORP, INC. STOCKHOLDERS,

 

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Origin Bancorp, Inc., a Louisiana corporation (the “Company”), to be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 12:30 p.m., Central Time, at Squire Creek Country Club, 289 Squire Creek Parkway, Choudrant, Louisiana 71227.

 

On or about March 14, 2024, we mailed a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials to all stockholders of record at the close of business on March 5, 2024, containing instructions on how to access our Proxy Statement and how to vote your shares, as well as instructions on how to request a paper copy of our proxy materials. You are urged to vote by proxy via the Internet, telephone, by mail, or in person at the Annual Meeting pursuant to the instructions in the Proxy Statement.

 

We have adopted rules promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that allow companies to furnish proxy materials to their stockholders over the Internet. The Proxy Statement contains information about the official business of the Annual Meeting. Whether or not you expect to attend, please vote your shares now. Of course, if you decide to personally attend the Annual Meeting, you will have the opportunity to revoke your proxy and vote your shares in person at the Annual Meeting.

 

We appreciate your continued support of the Company.

 

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MEETING INFORMATION

 

 

Notice of
Annual Meeting of
Stockholders

 

Date:
April 24, 2024

Time:
12:30 p.m.,

Central Time

 

Location: Squire Creek
Country Club, 289 Squire
Creek Parkway Choudrant,
Louisiana 71227
Format: In Person
Record Date: Close of
business on March 5, 2024

 

VOTING ITEMS

 

1.Elect 15 directors, to serve until the next annual meeting of stockholders and to serve until their successors are elected and qualified;
2.Approve the Origin Bancorp, Inc. Omnibus Incentive Plan;
3.Approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers (“NEOs”) for 2023 (the “Say-On-Pay Proposal”); and
4.Ratify the appointment of FORVIS, LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024.

 

Our Board of Directors (“Board”) has fixed the close of business on March 5, 2024, as the record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting (the “Record Date”). A list of stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting will be available for inspection by any stockholder at our principal office during ordinary business hours beginning two business days after the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials is mailed through the completion of the Annual Meeting, including any adjournment or postponement thereof. The mailing address for our principal office is 500 South Service Road East, Ruston, Louisiana 71270.

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on April 24, 2024. This proxy statement and our annual report to stockholders are available at www.obkannualmeeting.com.

 

By Order of the Board of Directors

 

 

Drake Mills
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Ruston, Louisiana
March 14, 2024

 

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS        

 

iii NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
     
1 PROXY STATEMENT
     
2 ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING
     
8 Commitment to Sustainability
   
16 PROPOSAL 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
     
16 Director Nominees
  17 Director Nominee Qualifications and Experience
  26 Board Diversity
  27 2023 Named Executive Officers
     
29 CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
     
29 Board Leadership Structure
  30 Director Independence
  31 Director Education and Self-Assessment
  31 Board Meetings and Committees
  40 Stockholder Nominees and Proposals for 2025 Annual Meeting
  41 Certain Relationships and Related-Party Transactions
  45 Director Compensation for Fiscal Year 2023
     
48 COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
     
48 Overview
  48 Key Compensation Committee Actions in 2023
  49 Executive Compensation Philosophy
  49 Compensation Best Practice
  50 2023 Business and Financial Highlights
  50 Say-On-Pay and Stockholder Outreach
  51 Role of Compensation Committee, Compensation Consultant and CEO
  52 Competitive Benchmarking and Compensation Peer Group
     
52 Discussion of Executive Compensation Components
  62 Other Compensation Policies and Information
  62 Risk Assessment
  63 Clawbacks for Any Restatement; Executive Compensation Recovery Policy
  64 Trading Restrictions Regarding Hedging or Pledging of Common Stock
  65 Report of Compensation Committee
  66 Executive Compensation
  68 Grants of Plan-Based Awards
  69 Outstanding Equity Awards at 2023 Fiscal Year-End
  70 2023 Option Exercises and Stock Vested
  71 Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan and Executive Supplemental Income Agreement
  72 Bank-Owned Life Insurance Plans
  74 Employment Arrangements, CIC Agreements, and Potential Payments Upon Termination or CIC
  81 CEO Pay Ratio
  83 Pay Versus Performance (“PVP”)
     
88 PROPOSAL 2: APPROVAL OF THE ORIGIN BANCORP, INC. OMNIBUS INCENTIVE PLAN
     
99 PROPOSAL 3: ADVISORY VOTE ON SAY-ON-PAY PROPOSAL
   
101 PROPOSAL 4: RATIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
     
102 OTHER INFORMATION
     
102 Stock Ownership of Principal Stockholders, Directors and Management
     
103 DELINQUENT SECTION 16(A) REPORTS
     
104 ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
     
105 HOUSEHOLDING OF PROXY MATERIALS
   

 

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    PROXY STATEMENT        

 

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT

 

Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please read this proxy statement, the voting instructions in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and vote. You may vote by proxy over the Internet, via telephone or, if you requested a paper proxy card in the mail, by completing, signing, dating and mailing the completed proxy card to us. You may also vote in person at the Annual Meeting. The instructions in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or your proxy card describe how to use these convenient services. You may revoke your proxy in the manner described in this proxy statement at any time before it is exercised. See “Voting Information and Questions You May Have—May I Change My Vote After I Have Submitted a Proxy?” for more information on how to vote your shares or revoke your proxy.

 

 

PROXY STATEMENT FOR

2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

to be held on April 24, 2024

 

Unless the context otherwise requires, references in this proxy statement to “we,” “us,” “our,” “our company,” “the Company” or “Origin” refer to Origin Bancorp, Inc., a Louisiana corporation, and its consolidated subsidiaries. All references to “Origin Bank” or “the Bank” refer to Origin Bank, our wholly-owned bank subsidiary. In addition, unless the context otherwise requires, references to “stockholders” are to the holders of our common stock, par value $5.00 per share.

 

This proxy statement is being furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by our Board for use at the Annual Meeting of the Stockholders to be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 12:30 p.m., Central Time, at Squire Creek Country Club, 289 Squire Creek Parkway, Choudrant, Louisiana 71227, and any adjournments or postponements thereof for the purposes set forth in this proxy statement and the related notice of the Annual Meeting. The mailing address of the Company’s principal executive office is 500 South Service Road East, Ruston, Louisiana 71270.

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be Held on April 24, 2024

 

Pursuant to rules promulgated by the SEC, we have elected to provide access to our proxy materials, including this proxy statement and our annual report to stockholders for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, over the Internet. Accordingly, we are providing our stockholders with a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) instead of a paper copy of our proxy materials. The Notice contains instructions on how to access our proxy materials and how to vote your shares, as well as instructions on how to request a paper or e-mail copy of our proxy materials. We believe this electronic distribution process expedites stockholders’ receipt of proxy materials and reduces the environmental impact and cost of printing and distributing our proxy materials. We mailed the Notice on or about March 14, 2024, to all stockholders of record entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting at the close of business on March 5, 2024. You should read our entire proxy statement carefully before voting.

 

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    ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING        

 

ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING

 

VOTING INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE

 

The information provided in the “question and answer” format below is for your convenience only and is merely a summary of the information contained in this proxy statement. You should read this entire proxy statement carefully.

 

What is the Purpose of the Annual Meeting?

 

Matters to be Considered and Vote Recommendation

 

We are asking stockholders to vote on the following matters at the Annual Meeting:

 

Matters for Stockholder Consideration

Our Board’s
Recommendation

Proposal 1: Election of Directors (page 16)

To elect 15 directors to serve until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are elected and qualified. Our Board believes that the 15 director nominees possess the necessary qualifications to provide effective oversight of the Company’s business and quality counsel to our management.

FOR each
Director
Nominee

Proposal 2: Approve the Origin Bancorp, Inc. Omnibus Incentive Plan (page 88)

We are asking our stockholders to approve the Origin Bancorp, Inc. Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “Omnibus Plan”) to replace the Origin Bancorp, Inc. 2012 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended (the “2012 Plan”).

FOR

Proposal 3: Advisory Vote on the Say-On-Pay Proposal (page 99)

We are seeking a non-binding advisory vote from our stockholders to approve the compensation paid to our NEOs in 2023, as described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section and the executive compensation tables that follow, beginning on page 53 of this proxy statement. Our Board values our stockholders’ opinions and the Compensation Committee will take into account the outcome of the advisory vote when considering future executive compensation decisions.

FOR

Proposal 4: Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm (page 101) The Audit Committee and the Board believe that the continued retention of FORVIS, LLP to serve as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024, is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. As a matter of good corporate governance, our stockholders are being asked to ratify the selection of FORVIS, LLP to serve as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024.

FOR

 

Stockholders will also transact any other business that may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

 

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    ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING        

 

When and Where Will the Annual Meeting Be Held?

 

The Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place at Squire Creek Country Club, 289 Squire Creek Parkway, Choudrant, Louisiana 71227, at 12:30 p.m., Central Time, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

 

Who Are the Nominees for Directors?

 

Please see Director Nominees section under Proposal 1: Election of Directors in this document for further information.

 

Who is Entitled to Vote?

 

Holders of record of our common stock at the close of business on the Record Date, March 5, 2024, may vote at the Annual Meeting. At the Record Date, we had 31,008,656 shares of common stock outstanding. In deciding all matters at the Annual Meeting, each stockholder will be entitled to one vote for each share of common stock held by such stockholder on the Record Date. We do not have cumulative voting rights for the election of directors.

 

What Constitutes a Quorum for the Annual Meeting?

 

The holders of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote on the Record Date must be represented at the Annual Meeting, in person or by proxy, in order to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

 

What is the Difference Between a Stockholder of Record and a “Street Name” Holder?

 

If your shares are registered directly in your name with EQ Shareowner Services, the Company’s stock transfer agent, you are considered the stockholder of record with respect to those shares. The Notice and, if requested, any printed copies of the proxy materials, including any proxy cards or voting instructions, are being sent directly to you by EQ Shareowner Services at the Company’s request.

 

If your shares are held in a brokerage account or by a bank, broker or other nominee, the nominee is considered the stockholder of record of those shares. You are considered the beneficial owner of these shares, and your shares are held in “street name.” The Notice and, if applicable, any printed copies of the proxy materials, including any proxy cards or voting instructions, are being forwarded to you by your nominee. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your nominee on how to vote your shares.

 

How do I Vote?

 

You may vote your shares of common stock either in person at the Annual Meeting or by proxy. The process for voting your shares depends on how your shares are held, as described below.

 

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    ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING        

 

Shares Registered in Your Name

 

If you are a stockholder of record on the Record Date for the Annual Meeting, you may vote by proxy or you may attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person. If you are a record holder and want to vote your shares by proxy, you have three ways to vote:

 

Via the Internet: You may vote your proxy over the Internet by visiting the website www.proxypush. com/obk. Have the Notice or, if applicable, the proxy card that may have been provided to you in hand when you access the website and follow the instructions for Internet voting on that website.
Via Telephone: To vote over the telephone, dial toll-free 1-866-883-3382 using a touch-tone phone and follow the recorded instructions. You will be asked to provide the control number from the Notice.
Via Mail: If you request a paper copy of the proxy materials by mail, you may vote by indicating on the proxy card(s) applicable to your common stock how you want to vote and signing, dating and mailing your proxy card(s) in the enclosed pre-addressed postage-paid envelope as soon as possible to ensure that it will be received in advance of the Annual Meeting.

 

Please refer to the specific instructions set forth in your Notice or proxy card for additional information on how to vote. Voting your shares by proxy will enable your shares of common stock to be represented and voted at the Annual Meeting if you do not attend the Annual Meeting and vote your shares in person.

If voting via mail, the Company must receive your proxy via mail no later than April 23, 2024, to be counted at the Annual Meeting. If voting shares of common stock held in our 401(k) plan, you must vote via Internet or telephone by no later than 11:59 p.m., Central Time, on April 21, 2024. If voting shares of common stock held in our 401(k) plan via mail, the Company must receive your proxy via mail no later than April 21, 2024, to be counted at the Annual Meeting.

 

Shares Registered in the Name of a Broker or Bank

 

If your shares of common stock are held in “street name,” your ability to vote depends on your bank, broker or other nominee’s voting process. Your bank, broker or other nominee should provide you with voting instructions and materials to vote your shares. By following those voting instructions, you may direct your nominee on how to vote your shares. Without instructions from you, your bank, broker or other nominee will be permitted to exercise its own voting discretion with respect to the ratification of the appointment of FORVIS, LLP (Proposal 3), but will not be permitted to exercise voting discretion with respect to any of the other proposals being voted on at the Annual Meeting.

 

To vote the shares that you hold in “street name” in person at the Annual Meeting, you must bring a legal proxy from your broker, bank or other nominee (i) confirming that you were the beneficial owner of those shares at the close of business on the Record Date, (ii) stating the number of shares of which you were the beneficial owner that were held for your benefit on the Record Date by that broker, bank or other nominee and (iii) appointing you as the record holder’s proxy to vote the shares covered by that proxy at the Annual Meeting. If you fail to bring a nominee-issued proxy to the Annual Meeting, you will not be able to vote your nominee-held shares in person at the Annual Meeting.

 

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What is a Broker Non-Vote?

 

A broker non-vote occurs when a bank, broker, or other nominee holding shares of common stock for a beneficial owner does not vote on a particular proposal because such nominee does not have discretionary voting power with respect to that proposal and has not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner.

 

Your broker has discretionary authority to vote your shares with respect to the ratification of the appointment of FORVIS, LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024 (Proposal 4). In the absence of specific instructions from you, your broker does not have discretionary authority to vote your shares with respect to any other proposal.

 

May I Change My Vote After I Have Submitted a Proxy?

 

Yes. Regardless of the method used to cast a vote, if you are a stockholder of record, you may change your vote or revoke your proxy by:

 

Casting a new vote over the Internet by visiting the website www.proxypush.com/obk and following the instructions online or in your Notice or the proxy card that may have been provided to you before the Internet voting deadline;
Casting a new vote by telephone by calling 1-866-883-3382 using a touch-tone phone and following the recorded instructions before the telephone voting deadline;
Completing, signing and returning a new proxy card with a later date than your original proxy card, if applicable, no later than the deadline, and any earlier proxy will be revoked automatically; or
Attending the Annual Meeting and vote in person, which would revoke any earlier proxy. However, attending the Annual Meeting in person will not automatically revoke your proxy unless you vote again in person at the Annual Meeting.

 

How Will My Shares Be Voted if I Return a Signed and Dated Proxy Card, but Do Not Specify How My Shares Will Be Voted?

 

If you are a stockholder of record who returns a completed proxy card that does not specify how you want to vote your shares on one or more proposals, the proxies will vote your shares for each proposal as to which you provide no voting instructions, and such shares will be voted in the following manner:

 

Proposal 1 FOR the election of all of the nominees for director;
Proposal 2 FOR the Origin Bancorp, Inc. Omnibus Incentive Plan;
Proposal 3 FOR on an advisory basis, the Say-On-Pay Proposal;
Proposal 4 FOR the ratification of the appointment of FORVIS, LLP to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024;

 

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If you are a “street name” holder and do not provide voting instructions on one or more proposals, your bank, broker or other nominee will be unable to vote those shares on any of the proposals except to vote on the ratification of the appointment of FORVIS, LLP, for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024 (Proposal 4).

 

What Are My Choices When Voting?

 

With respect to all proposals you may vote “For” or “Against” or you may “Abstain” from voting.

 

What Percentage of the Vote is Required to Approve Each Proposal?

 

The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by the holders of shares entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting is required for (i) the election of the director nominees (Proposal 1), (ii) the approval of the Origin Bancorp, Inc. Omnibus Incentive Plan (Proposal 2), (iii) the approval, on a non-binding basis, of our Say-On-Pay Proposal (Proposal 3), and (iv) the ratification of FORVIS, LLP’s appointment as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024 (Proposal 4). A majority of the votes cast shall mean that the number of shares that voted “For” the election of a director or a proposal, as applicable, exceeds the number of shares voted “Against” that director or proposal, as applicable.

 

How Are Broker Non-Votes and Abstentions Treated?

 

Broker non-votes and abstentions are counted for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum. A broker non-vote or an abstention with respect to (i) the election of the director nominees (Proposal 1), (ii) the approval of the Origin Bancorp, Inc. Omnibus Incentive Plan (Proposal 2), (iii) the approval, on a non-binding basis, of our Say-On-Pay Proposal (Proposal 3), and (iv) the ratification of FORVIS, LLP’s appointment as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024 (Proposal 4), will not be counted as a vote cast either “For” or “Against” such proposals.

 

Are There Any Other Matters to be Acted Upon at the Annual Meeting?

 

Management does not intend to present any business at the Annual Meeting for a vote other than the matters set forth in the Notice, and management has no information that others will do so. The proxy also confers on the proxies the discretionary authority to vote with respect to any matter properly presented at the Annual Meeting. If other matters requiring a vote of our stockholders properly come before the Annual Meeting, it is the intention of the persons named in the accompanying form of proxy to vote the shares represented by the proxies held by them in accordance with applicable law and their judgment on such matters.

 

Where Can I Find Voting Results?

 

We will publish the voting results in a current report on Form 8-K, which will be filed with the SEC within four business days following the Annual Meeting. If final voting results are not available to us in time to file a Form 8-K within four business days after the Annual Meeting, we intend to file a Form 8-K to publish preliminary results and, within four business days after the final results are known to us, file an additional Form 8-K to publish the final results.

 

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What Are the Solicitation Expenses and Who Pays the Cost of this Proxy Solicitation?

 

Our Board is asking for your proxy, and we will pay all of the costs of soliciting proxies from our stockholders. We have engaged D.F. King & Co., Inc. to solicit proxies for us. We have agreed to reimburse D.F. King for reasonable expenses. In addition to the solicitation of proxies via mail, our officers, directors and employees may solicit proxies personally or through other means of communication, such as electronic mail, without being paid additional compensation for such services. The Company will reimburse banks, brokerage houses and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for their reasonable expenses incurred in forwarding the proxy materials to beneficial owners of the Company’s common stock.

 

How Can I Communicate with the Board?

 

Our Board welcomes suggestions and comments from stockholders and has adopted a formal process by which stockholders may communicate with our Board or any of its directors. Stockholders who wish to communicate with our Board may do so by sending written communications addressed to Origin Bancorp, Inc., 500 South Service Road East, Ruston, Louisiana 71270, Attn: Corporate Secretary, or via e-mail at corpsecretary@origin.bank. Stockholder communications will be sent directly to the specific director or directors of the Company indicated in the communication or to all members of our Board if not specified. All communications (other than commercial communications soliciting the sale of goods or services to, or employment with, the Company or directors of the Company) will be directed to the appropriate committee, the Chairman of the Board, the Lead Independent Director, or to any individual director specified in the communication, as applicable. In addition, all stockholders are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting where senior management and representatives from our independent registered public accounting firm, as well as members of our Board, will be available to answer questions.

 

Why did I Receive a One-Page Notice in the Mail Regarding the Internet Availability of Proxy Materials Instead of Printed Proxy Materials?

 

In accordance with rules promulgated by the SEC, instead of mailing a printed copy of our proxy materials to all of our stockholders, we have elected to provide access to such materials to our stockholders over the Internet. Accordingly, on or about March 14, 2024, we mailed a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials to all stockholders of record on the Record Date entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Stockholders will have the ability to access our proxy materials on the website referred to in the Notice. The Notice also contains instructions on how to vote your shares, as well as instructions on how to request a paper or e-mail copy of our proxy materials. We encourage you to take advantage of the availability of the proxy materials over the Internet to help reduce the environmental impact and cost of printing and distributing our proxy materials.

 

How Can I Get Electronic Access to the Proxy Materials?

 

The Notice provides you with instructions regarding how to:

 

View our proxy materials for the Annual Meeting over the Internet;
Vote your shares after you have viewed our proxy materials (including any control/identification numbers that you need to access your form of proxy);

 

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Obtain directions to attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person;
Request a printed copy or e-mail copy with links to the proxy materials, including the date by which the request should be made to facilitate timely delivery; and
Instruct us to send our future proxy materials to you by mail or electronically by e-mail.

 

Will I Receive any Other Proxy Materials by Mail (Besides the Notice)?

 

If you request paper copies of our proxy materials by following the instructions in the Notice, we will send you our proxy materials, including a proxy card, in the mail.

 

What Should I Do if I Receive More Than One Set of Voting Materials?

 

You may receive more than one set of voting materials, including multiple copies of the Notice or other proxy materials, including multiple proxy cards or voting instruction cards. For example, if you hold your shares in more than one brokerage account, you may receive separate voting instructions for each brokerage account in which you hold shares. Similarly, if you are a stockholder of record and hold shares in a brokerage account, you may receive a proxy card for shares held in your name and voting instructions for shares held in “street name.” To ensure that all of your shares are voted, we encourage you to respond to each set of voting materials that you receive.

 

COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY

 

Origin is a financial holding company headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana. Our wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Origin Bank, was founded in 1912 in Choudrant, Louisiana, and Origin Bank has been committed to serving our community since its founding. Deeply rooted in our history is a culture committed to providing personalized, relationship banking to businesses, municipalities and personal clients to enrich the lives of the people in the communities we serve. We’ve helped people, small businesses, and large companies grow and prosper throughout Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, and continue to do so in these legacy markets as well as in our new Southeast market with our planned entry into Mobile, Alabama and Fort Walton Beach, Florida in 2024.

 

We are dedicated to helping each client make their vision a reality. Our mission is to passionately pursue ways to make banking and insurance more rewarding for our employees, customers, communities and shareholders. As a part of this overall mission, we are focused on integrating environmental, social and governance (‘ESG’) principles into our business strategy in ways that optimize opportunities to make positive impacts while advancing long-term goals. Our Board oversees these ESG efforts, led by our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

 

Sustainability Oversight

 

Origin strives to foster a team that reflects our strong belief in corporate responsibility. In 2022, Origin continued to build upon and improve our long-standing corporate sustainability commitment and evolved its strategy. Our executive leadership team and our Board recognizing the importance of these responsibilities, established an internal cross-functional management working group that is tasked with driving progress in the initiatives that promote sustainability and further transparency. Our inaugural Corporate Sustainability Report, published last spring, adopted a priority-based approach, and was informed by the comprehensive Sustainability Accounting Standard Board (“SASB”) standard with oversight provided by our working group.

 

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In 2023, we have continued to enhance our corporate sustainability strategy to align with our commitment and stated mission. Our executive management team has prioritized the incorporation of sustainability objectives into our operational framework and working group. The Board, led by our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, is updated regularly regarding Origin’s sustainability initiatives and actively oversees and supports the working group as they lead the Company’s efforts to integrate sustainability into day-to-day operations. Our executive management team has prioritized the incorporation of sustainability objectives into our operational framework.

 

How we understand, prioritize, and approach sustainability topics most relevant to our business is communicated through our ESG reporting. Against this backdrop, we have, with the assistance of outside expertise, engaged with our internal and external stakeholders on sustainability topics to help further inform our future direction and determine our ESG strategic priorities. The three tenants of our sustainability strategy are: (1) Environmental Responsibility, (2) Social Impact, and (3) a Culture of Governance.

 

In conjunction with our 2024 Annual Meeting, we plan to complete our second materiality assessment, which will include examining a range of key stakeholders, including investors, clients, employees and rating organizations as well as studying industry peers. This analysis will result in the release of our Corporate Sustainability Report, which will feature two years of data and detail our 2023 successes.

 

Environmental Responsibility  

 

We embed the principles of advancing a circular economy into our practices through green investments and long-term implementation of new technologies. We are devoted to operating our business in a sustainable manner and have undertaken several initiatives designed to reduce our impact on the environment and to promote environmentally friendly projects and practices. With a view to increasing efficiency and reducing waste, we are continuing to digitize manual back office and financial center functions. In 2023, we:

 

encouraged the continuance of environmentally friendly work practices by supporting the recycling of plastic, glass, and paper and utilizing collection bins for batteries, aluminum toner cartridges, and computer hardware.
continued offering filtered water refill stations for employees at majority of our locations.
increased the use of e-records and e-signing technology, resulting in paper waste and carbon emissions reduction, including utilizing digital solutions such as mobile/online banking, eStatements, electronic bill pay, and remote deposit capture.
continued to migrate technology infrastructure to a cloud environment, reducing energy usage, and accordingly, our carbon footprint.

 

Origin is constantly improving its operations to proactively find more efficient and effective ways to ensure our long-term success. Through our modernization efforts, we strive to do our part in offsetting negative impacts on the environment. We continue to evaluate green equipment for office use such as Energy-Star® appliances, motion detector lighting, as well as high-efficiency HVAC units. Beginning in 2018, we commenced a project to retrofit our offices with LED lighting, which decreased our electricity usage (kWh) by roughly 29% or 2,000,000 kWh. Currently, most of Origin’s total office space utilizes

 

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LED lighting. Additionally, select office locations are LEED certified. This certification, awarded by the U.S.  Green Building Council, is based on the properties’ use of sustainable materials, water and energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, location and transportation, and overall innovation.

 

Origin complies with applicable legal and regulatory requirements to control and reduce its environmental footprint. We are committed to making the necessary investments in systems and technology to ensure compliance and to meet or exceed these standards. Origin has also begun to further integrate information on environmental risks and challenges by incorporating climate risks into credit analyses. We have always innately incorporated environmental issues into our credit decisions. In 2024, our internal working group has begun to evaluate climate change and other environmental considerations as part of our broader commitment to identifying sustainability risks such as drought, fire or flood.

 

We believe that our focus on environmental sustainability, with the objective of reducing costs and improving sustainability of our operations will provide a strategic benefit. Furthermore, we recognize that climate change is a growing risk for our planet, and we are committed to doing our part to mitigate this risk by placing increased focus and emphasis on environmental responsibility.

 

Social Impact  

 

At Origin, everything we do matters: that’s the difference. Our outlook shapes our culture and our culture shapes our outlook. Together, they create success. And passion succeeds at Origin Bank. Making a difference for our customers starts with setting an example through our own actions. We employ proven, knowledgeable team members with extensive expertise when it comes to our banking and insurance activities. Each member of our Origin team brings their own personal experiences and interests to inform the service they provide. In return, we learn from our customers and use this new understanding to go out and improve the places we call home.

 

One of our core values is genuine respect for yourself and others. This value makes the support of diversity, equity and inclusion a natural fit for our culture and essential to the way we conduct business, foster individual and team enrichment, and participate in our communities. We believe it is only with a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that the organization can truly perform at its best, carry out its vision, and make a difference in the communities we serve. In 2023, Origin Bank announced the formation of the Diversity Council, which consists of 18 diverse employees that collectively advance our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts in a way that makes a difference within our workplace and in the communities we serve. We believe all employees should be given opportunities to perform to their full potential, knowing their performance will be measured and rewarded fairly.

 

Diversity & Inclusion

 

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion starts with our goal of attracting, retaining and developing a workforce that is diverse in background, knowledge, skill and experience. Origin is committed to providing equal employment opportunities, and makes all recruiting, payment, performance and

 

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promotion decisions based on merit, without discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, family status, ethnic origin, nationality, disability or religious belief.

 

Origin is committed to improving workforce diversity at all levels of the organization and providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment. In 2023, the Company continues to make progress toward attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. In order to support and live our culture, the Company’s talent acquisition team attends job fairs that attract ethnically and culturally diverse employees. We also have engaged a third-party workforce development company that utilizes a connected system of job recruiting sites that post our employment opportunities with various groups that include, but are not limited to the following: veterans, LGBTQ-identifying individuals, individuals with disabilities, minorities and women, professional and industry organizations, skilled trade associations and college students.

 

In addition, we have a formal internship program that is designed to develop a strong pool of diverse candidates through on-campus recruiting with local colleges and universities including local Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). We continue to use VIBE Central at Origin, where VIBE stands for Value, Inclusion, Belonging and Equity. This allows senior leaders in our organization to set goals and monitor progress by assessing, measuring, benchmarking, and managing diversity and inclusion by the dimensions of their choice, such as race/ethnicity and gender.

 

We surveyed our employees in regards to diversity, equity and inclusion. Nine out of ten responses in the survey exceeded the benchmarks of Glint’s top 10% of global companies. The previously mentioned 18 member Diversity Council was one initiative that was launched based on the results of the survey and it will collectively advance our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in a way that makes a difference within our workplace and in the communities we serve. In 2023, our Diversity Council introduced Employee Spotlights as a platform to drive engagement and build connections by sharing employees’ stories to highlight different backgrounds and cultures within our organization.

 

Our team members form deeper relationships with those around them based on mutual respect, dignity and understanding. The Company has non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies as outlined in our Employee Handbook. These policies drive a workplace and workforce that embraces the highest ethical and moral standards. Furthermore, all employees participate in diversity and inclusion training. We also offer weekly micro lessons to our managers through a program called Blue Ocean Brain which supports our endeavor to reimagine diversity and inclusion training in the workplace and provides our employees with a wide array of learning topics.

 

Origin has been recognized as a “Best Bank to Work For” by American Banker magazine for eleven consecutive years, which we believe is attributable to our deep commitment to corporate culture, and our focus on initiatives to support and develop our employees. This ranking is based on feedback from surveys given directly to the American Banker magazine from our employees.

 

Health & Wellness

 

We provide competitive compensation and benefits in order to attract and retain top talent. In addition to base pay and stock awards, we have several incentive programs which are designed to link performance to pay and drive results towards the achievement of overall corporate goals.

 

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We are committed to our employees’ mental and physical health and safety. We offer a robust benefits package which includes:

 

Comprehensive medical benefits with $0 cost options for employees
Competitive ancillary benefits, such as dental, vision, critical illness, legal and identify theft coverage
Generous paid time off (“PTO”) policy
Company-paid short and long-term disability and life insurance
Flexible spending accounts for both healthcare and dependent care
Health savings accounts with Employer contributions
401(k) retirement savings program with company match
Employee Stock Purchase Program
Paid parental leave
Employee Assistance Program which offers counseling and mental wellness appointments at no cost to the employee

Our dedicated health and safety function ensures that employees are trained on best practices to create a safe and healthy workplace for all. Over the last few years, we have expanded our work from home (“WFH”) capabilities in order to allow our employees to better serve our customers while putting safety first. We continue to focus on the mental, emotional and physical health of our employees by caring for their emotional and physical well-being. We employ a full-time certified Holistic Health Coach to spearhead our employee health and wellness initiatives. In addition to providing health and wellness information on a regular basis to all employees, we currently have over 10% of our employees working directly with our Health Coach on a personalized basis to meet their desire to be healthier.

 

Our Dream Manager® program assists our employees in meeting their own personal and professional goals in addition to helping them improve physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Over 300 employees have participated in this program since 2019. We launched a nationally-recognized financial wellness program (“SmartDollar”) that is designed to assist our employees in becoming debt-free and saving money for emergencies and retirement, empowering them to become better financially prepared for their future, which during both the years ended 2022 and 2023, had an over 40% participation rate. Due to our adoption rate, we won a national award from the Dave Ramsey Foundation called the “Vision” award.

 

Employee Feedback

 

Attracting, developing and retaining talented employees is critical to our success and is an integral part of our human capital strategy. Employee feedback is highly valued at Origin and our employees provide anonymous input via quarterly surveys facilitated by Glint, a people success platform built on an approach that helps organizations increase employee engagement, develop their people, and improve business results.

 

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Our employees consistently rank Origin in the top 10% of Glint’s global customer base with regard to employee engagement and several other categories such as company culture, recognition, and communication. We regularly receive hundreds of written comments from each survey that in turn are used to improve processes, policies, or programs in an effort to show tangible affirmation of those comments. We also have continued a practice that was implemented at the beginning of the pandemic called “The Origin Insider” which takes a deep dive into various topics and departments. This program gives employees an inside look at executives on a personal level, allows employees to learn about lesser-known departments and also supports areas of physical and mental awareness. Additionally, we offer Take 5, which is a program designed specifically to support and engage WFH employees. These meetings occur monthly and feature internal and external speakers who discuss a wide range of topics designed to promote employee engagement and satisfaction.

 

Talent Development

 

Talent development at Origin begins with our comprehensive recruitment program and continues throughout the employee life cycle. The Company recognizes that its success is highly dependent on its ability to attract, retain and develop our people. To foster this development, the Company engages in annual succession planning focused on building a strong, diverse talent pipeline.

 

We conduct regular talent succession assessments along with individual performance reviews in which managers provide regular feedback and coaching to assist with the development of our employees, including the use of individual development plans to assist with career development. Our Giving Interns Valuable Experience (“G.I.V.E.”) program was launched in 2021 and since that time, we have welcomed a diverse group of 42 interns from 23 different universities. Over 40% of interns have been minorities. The program has successfully promoted Origin’s brand and resulted in strong experiential feedback while also creating job opportunities for 16 of the 42 interns since inception of the program.

 

We provide our employees and their families access to a platform called “Right Now Media at Work” which has thousands of streaming videos dedicated to both personal and professional development. This tool is designed to enhance work, life and leadership skills and is used for team building and individual development plans. In addition, employees can access a variety of personal care topics such as finances, relationships and mental health.

 

We utilize assessment tools and provide multiple resources and venues, such as our Career Development Center, for employees to determine what career path is the best fit for them in order to help them grow and enhance their promotional opportunities. We also provide advanced development for next-generation leaders via our Leadership Academy classes, which provide structured training and collaboration with other aspiring leaders throughout the organization, as well as mentoring relationships. Participants in the two-year Origin Leadership Academy are appointed by senior management. Our Emerging Leaders Council is a one-year program designed to train and develop emerging leaders in our organization. All employees are eligible to apply for participation in the Emerging Leaders Council. We also implemented a program called Career Manager which provides young professionals within our organization one-on-one time with senior leaders to enhance their career aspirations and accelerate their understanding of the business of banking. We find benefit in developing our future leaders from within and succession plans are in place for senior level positions as well as many other key leadership positions.

 

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Community & Volunteerism

 

Since our inception, we have been deeply committed to building relationships and making a difference in our local communities. Investing in people, neighborhoods and local businesses is part of our mission. We strive to understand the needs of our local communities and how we can help them attain their goals and improve the quality of lives throughout our footprint.

 

Additionally, in one specific initiative designed to help the communities we serve, our Project Enrich program provides employees with up to twenty hours of paid time off to volunteer in their communities. In 2023, the employees of Origin volunteered 5,037 hours in the community during working hours, not including over 1,100 hours on personal time outside of working hours. To supplement our volunteer work, we seek out areas where we can make an additional impact through financial donations. Our Bank on Their Future program was created to help provide support to local schools and thereby invest in our community’s future.

 

Over the past several years, Origin Bank has been recognized for our commitment to our communities and our customers, including:

 

United Way Circle of Honor and Gold Award
Spirit of Giving Award
Boys and Girls Club as well as multiple educational initiatives

We are extremely grateful for the many local non-profit organizations and are proud of our long- standing history of supporting the efforts of these organizations. Our goal is to have a positive impact on the communities we serve. We focus our philanthropic giving on initiatives that promote community and economic development, asset building, financial education, youth programs, and social impact service organizations that assist low and moderate incomes.

 

Culture of Governance  

 

Origin is committed to maintaining a high-quality governing body and achieving excellence in our corporate governance practices. We emphasize a culture of accountability and strive to conduct our business in a manner that is fair, ethical and responsible to earn the trust of our stakeholders. Our Board is comprised of a majority of independent directors as defined by the NYSE listing standards and our Guidelines. Our corporate governance policies and practices include annual evaluations of the Board and its committees, as well as continuing director education. Our Code of Ethics ensures that our directors, officers, and colleagues comply with all applicable rules and regulations.

 

We implement robust risk management programs to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing ethical business practices, including our relationships with suppliers, customers and business partners, and our industry. Origin’s whistleblower policy further supports our stated goals within our governance structure. Monitored by an independent third party, this program is designed to receive complaints of financial irregularities, breaches of internal controls, conflicts of interest and fraud.

 

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We are subject to rigorous controls and audits, and our board actively oversees our cybersecurity practices. Our risk management teams ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations and coordinate with subject-matter experts (SMEs) throughout the business to identify, monitor and mitigate material risks. Each employee and director receives mandatory ongoing compliance training on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, the areas of Fair Lending and Anti-Money Laundering (AML), which includes recognizing and reporting unusual or suspicious activity. We leverage the latest encryption configurations and cyber technologies on our systems, devices, and third-party connections and we further review vendor encryption to ensure proper information security safeguards are maintained. Additionally, we have engaged the former Chief Information Officer of a Fortune 500 global technology company to consult with our Board of Directors on cybersecurity and data privacy matters.

 

Origin has a robust Information Security program. Our IT team is available 24/7 and uses a combination of industry-leading tools and innovative technologies to help protect our stakeholder’s data. Our team members are responsible for complying with our data security standards and complete mandatory annual training to understand the behaviors and technical requirements necessary to keep Personal Identifiable Information (PII) data secure. To protect clients’ personal information from unauthorized access and use, the Company uses security measures that comply with Federal law. We restrict access to personal information about customers to employees who need to know such information to provide products and services.

 

The Audit Committee oversees risks related to financial reporting, internal controls and cybersecurity. Our IT team uses a combination of industry tools and innovative technologies to help protect stakeholders against cybercriminals. We leverage the latest encryption configurations and cyber technologies on our systems, devices and third-party connections and further review vendor encryption to ensure proper information security safeguards are maintained.

 

We routinely engage with our stockholders to better understand their ESG views, carefully considering the feedback we receive and acting when appropriate.

 

More information about Origin’s commitment to sustainability matters, including policies, programs and our recent Corporate Sustainability Report, are available on Origin’s website at ir.origin.bank.

 

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PROPOSAL 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

Proposal Snapshot

What am I voting on?

Stockholders are being asked to elect 15 directors to serve until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are elected and qualified. This section includes information about the Board and each director nominee.

 

Voting recommendation:

 

FOR the election of each director nominee. We believe the combination of the various qualifications, skills and experiences of each of the director nominees will contribute to an effective and well-functioning Board. The director nominees possess the necessary qualifications to provide effective oversight of our business and quality advice and counsel to our management.

 

Director Nominees

 

Based on the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board, our Board, which currently consists of 15 directors, has nominated each of the 15 incumbent directors to serve as directors for a one-year term.

 

We seek directors with strong reputations and experience in areas relevant to the strategy, growth and operations of our businesses. Each of the nominees for director has experience that meets this objective. In their current and prior positions, each of the director nominees has gained experience in core management skills, such as strategic and financial planning, corporate governance, risk management, and leadership development. We also believe that each of the director nominees has other key attributes that are important to an effective Board, including: integrity and high ethical standards; sound judgment; analytical skills; the ability to engage management and each other in a constructive and collaborative fashion; diversity of background, experience, and thought; and the commitment to devote significant time and energy to service on our Board and its committees.

 

None of the director nominees were selected pursuant to any arrangement or understanding with any person. There are no family relationships among directors or executive officers of the Company. Each of the director nominees currently serving on the Board were elected by our stockholders at a previous annual meeting of stockholders.

 

Each director nominee has agreed to serve if elected, and we have no reason to believe that any of the director nominees will be unable or unwilling to serve if elected. However, if any nominee should become unable or unwilling to serve, proxies may be voted for another person nominated as a substitute by the Board, or the Board may reduce the number of directors.

 

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Director Nominee Qualifications and Experience

 

The following table presents certain information with respect to the Board’s nominees for director. Typically, all of the directors are elected on an annual basis at each annual meeting of stockholders. Additionally, all director nominees of the Company are also directors of the Bank, the Company’s principal subsidiary for so long as they are directors of the Company.

 

Director Nominee

Background

Qualifications

Daniel Chu

Independent

Founder, CEO &
Chairman

Tricolor Holdings

 

Age(1): 60

 

Director Since 2022

 

Board Committees:

 

•  Compensation Committee

•  Nominating and Corporate Governance

Daniel Chu is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Tricolor Holdings, a direct-to- consumer, AI-powered platform, focused on serving the underserved Hispanic market. Tricolor was named by Inc. Magazine as Best in Business for 2022 and has been recognized by several major fintech publications for its use of artificial intelligence to advance financial inclusion to a highly underserved market and offer responsible, affordable, credit- building auto loans to individuals with no or limited credit history. Tricolor is a two-time recipient of the Fintech Nexus Excellence in Financial Inclusion Award in both 2022 and 2023 and the Finovate Excellence in Financial Inclusion Award in 2023. Tricolor was named one of the top entrepreneurial companies in America by Entrepreneur magazine for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2020 and was awarded the Auto Finance News Award of Excellence in Community Service in 2022 and Excellence in Technology in 2019. Tricolor also has been recognized by Inc. magazine for eight consecutive years as one of the fastest growing companies in America. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Tricolor became the first in consumer auto ABS to issue a rated social bond. Tricolor is the only auto lender issuing in the capital markets to be certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Mr. Chu has distinguished himself as a successful serial entrepreneur, having founded six companies over the past thirty years. Prior to his current role, Mr. Chu founded two other firms in the auto financial services industry which became publicly traded. He has served in the capacity of CEO with seven different companies.

•  B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University

•  M.S.in Athletic Administration from the University of Miami

•  Mr. Chu’s entrepreneurial and management experience make him a valuable asset to our Board

 

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    PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION
OF DIRECTORS
       

 

Director Nominee

Background

Qualifications

James D’Agostino, Jr.

Independent

 

Managing Director

Encore Interests LLC

 

Chairman of the Board Houston Trust Company

 

Age(1): 77

 

Director Since 2013

Board Committees:

 

•  Audit Committee

•  Finance Committee (Chair)

•  Nominating and Corporate Governance

•  Risk Committee

Mr. D’Agostino, Jr. is the Lead Independent Director of the Company and Origin Bank. He has over 50 years of experience in numerous capacities in the banking and financial services industries. Mr. D’Agostino, Jr. founded Encore Bancshares, Inc. in 2000 and served as its Chairman of the Board and CEO from 2000 until the organization was sold in 2012. Currently, Mr. D’Agostino, Jr. is the Managing Director of Encore Interests LLC, which is focused on banking, investments, and investment management. In 2013, Mr. D’Agostino, Jr. became Chairman of the Board of Houston Trust Company, a privately- owned trust company headquartered in Houston, Texas with approximately $9.5 billion of assets under management.

•  B.S. in Economics from Villanova University

•  J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School

•  Mr. D’Agostino, Jr.’s extensive banking experience and his knowledge of the law and the financial services industry enables him to make valuable contributions to our Board

James Davison, Jr.

 

Independent

 

Director

Genesis Energy, L.P.

(NYSE: GEL)

 

Age(1): 57

 

Director Since 1999

 

Board Committees:

•  Finance Committee

•  Risk Committee (Chair)

Mr. Davison, Jr., has served as a director for Genesis Energy, L.P. (NYSE: GEL) since 2007, and currently serves on its Governance, Compensation and Business Development Committees. From 1996 until 2007, he served in executive leadership positions of several related entities acquired by, or oversaw substantial assets of which were acquired by, Genesis Energy, L.P.

•  B.S. from Louisiana Tech University

•  Mr. Davison, Jr.’s management experience in the energy and transportation industries and his work as a director of a publicly-traded enterprise enables him to make valuable contributions to our Board

Jay Dyer

 

Co-founder & Managing Partner

Park Hallow Capital

 

Former Market Executive, Executive Vice President, Origin Bank

 

Age(1): 48

 

Director Since 2022

Mr. Dyer is co-founder and managing partner of Park Hollow Capital. Mr. Dyer served as Executive Vice President and Market Executive of Origin Bank from 2022 until 2023. Prior to joining Origin Bank, Mr. Dyer served as Executive Vice President of BTH Bank, N.A., (“BTH Bank”) from 2013 to 2022 including service on the boards of directors for the bank and its holding company, BT Holdings, Inc.(“BT Holdings”). Prior to BTH Bank, Mr. Dyer served as Senior Vice President of Texas Security Bank. He held prior leadership positions with Bank of Texas and The Northern Trust Company.

•  B.B.A in Finance from Texas Christian University

•  J.D. from South Texas College of Law

•  Mr. Dyer’s knowledge of the banking industry; executive leadership, banking experience and personal contacts gained through his previous role at BTH Bank.; and his legal education make him an asset to our Board.

 

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    PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION
OF DIRECTORS
       

 

Director Nominee

Background

Qualifications

A. La’Verne Edney

Independent

 

Litigation Partner

Butler Snow LLP

 

Age(1): 57

 

Director Since 2021

 

Board Committees:

•  Nominating and Corporate Governance

•  Risk Committee

Ms. Edney has been a litigation partner at the law firm Butler Snow LLP since 2018, where she practices within the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Litigation Group. Ms. Edney is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. She is also a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates and currently serves as President-Elect and has served on the faculties of that organization’s Masters in Trial program, where she has taught in Iowa, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Reno, Nevada. She has also been on the faculty of trial academies for the American Bar Association and American Board of Trial Advocates. She was recognized by Chambers USA in 2020-2021 and has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Mass Torts/Class Actions in each year since 2016. She received the Capital Area Bar Association’s Professionalism Award in 2021 and the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, and was chosen as Lawyer of the Year and Distinguished Alumni Lawyer by Mississippi College School of Law in 2018. Ms. Edney serves on numerous boards and committees including the Board of Trustees of Mississippi College; the Magnolia Speech School board; the Baptist Hospital Board of Regents; and the Greater Jackson Chamber board. Additionally, she served as the President of the Mississippi Bar Foundation from 2019-2020.

•  B.S. from Alcorn State University

•  J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law

•  Ms. Edney’s litigation experience, community ties in our Mississippi market and immersion in the medical industry provides valuable knowledge and expertise to our Board

 

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    PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION
OF DIRECTORS
       

 

Director Nominee

Background

Qualifications

Meryl Farr

Independent

 

President & Owner

Kennedy Rice Mill

 

Managing Co-Owner & CEO

 

Neighbors, LLC

 

Age(1): 35

 

Director Since 2021

 

Board Committee:

 

•   Finance Committee

Ms. Farr is the President and Owner of Kennedy Rice Mill, LLC (“KRM”) in Mer Rouge, Louisiana, and the Co-Owner and CEO of Neighbors, LLC in West Monroe, Louisiana. KRM is a state-of-the-art facility and is one of the few new rice mills built in the United States in the last quarter-century. Envisioning the need to bring sustainably grown and organic products into the retail rice market, Ms. Farr successfully engineered and implemented the packaging of organic and sustainably grown products for KRM’s 4Sisters brands.

Neighbors, LLC (“Neighbors”) is a leading manufacturer/producer of specialized cookie dough for fundraising, private label, and co- manufacturing partners. Nominated by the City of West Monroe’s Mayor, Neighbors was recently presented with Louisiana Economic Development’s “Lantern Award”, recognizing manufacturers in Northeast Louisiana. Neighbors makes significant contributions to the Ouachita Parish economy through capital improvements, expansion, job creation, and community involvement, recently receiving the “Thomas H. Scott” Large Business of the Year Award.

Ms. Farr serves on The Monroe Chamber of Commerce and, since 2019, has served on the USA Rice Board of Directors and the USA Rice Executive Committee.

Ms. Farr was an Advisory Board Member for Origin Bank prior to joining the Board in 2021.

•  B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Georgia with a minor in Spanish

•  Ms. Farr’s innovative and entrepreneurial business approach, ownership and leadership, as well as her community involvement, provides a valuable skill set to our Board

Richard Gallot, Jr.

 

Independent

 

President & CEO

University of Louisiana

System

 

Director

Cleco Corporation

 

Age(1): 57

 

Director Since 2019

 

Board Committee:

•  Compensation Committee

Mr. Gallot, Jr. served as President of Grambling State University from 2016 to 2023, where he led the University in its initiative to increase enrollment and alumni engagement. Mr. Gallot, Jr. became President and CEO of the University of Louisiana System in January 2024. He is also licensed to practice law in Louisiana. Prior to his role as President of Grambling State University, Mr. Gallot, Jr. served a term as a member of the Louisiana State Senate between 2012 and 2016. Prior to serving in the Louisiana State Senate, he served three terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives between 2000 and 2012. Since 2016, Mr. Gallot, Jr. has also served on the Board of Directors of Cleco Corporation, an electric utility company headquartered in Pineville, Louisiana.

•  B.A. in History from Grambling State University

•  J.D. from Southern University Law School

•  Mr. Gallot, Jr.’s experience in professional and political leadership positions and his legal acumen enables him to be a valuable contributor to our Board

 

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    PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION
OF DIRECTORS
       

 

Director Nominee

Background

Qualifications

Stacey Goff

 

Independent

 

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Lumen Technologies, Inc.

(NYSE: LUMN)

 

Age(1): 58

 

Director Since 2020

 

Board Committees:

•  Compensation Committee

•  Nominating and Corporate Governance

Mr. Goff currently serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Lumen Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: LUMN) (“Lumen”) where he is responsible for Lumen’s legal and public policy functions. He has played a key role in negotiating and closing numerous acquisitions and dispositions that Lumen has completed during the past 20 years. Mr. Goff also directs the negotiation of Lumen’s complex agreements and large dispute resolutions with third parties and leads Lumen’s legal affairs.

•  B.A. in Business from Mississippi State University

•  J.D., magna cum laude from University of Mississippi

•  Mr. Goff’s experience in public company corporate governance and compensation, in addition to his legal expertise, enables him to provide great value to our Board

Michael Jones

 

Independent

 

Certified Public Accountant

 

Sole Practitioner

 

Certified Fraud Examiner

 

Age(1): 68

 

Director Since 1991

 

Board Committees:

 

•  Audit Committee

•  Compensation Committee

•  Nominating and Corporate Governance (Chair)

Mr. Jones is a sole practitioner licensed Certified Public Accountant with an office in Ruston, Louisiana and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

•  B.S. from Louisiana Tech University

•  Certified Public Accountant (licensed in Louisiana)

•  Mr. Jones’ ties within the local community, business experience and accounting knowledge qualify him to serve on our Board

 

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    PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION
OF DIRECTORS
       

 

Director Nominee

Background

Qualifications

Gary Luffey

 

Independent

 

Partner

Green Clinic

 

Age(1): 69

 

Director Since 2017

 

Board Committees:

•  Compensation    Committee

•  Risk Committee

Dr. Luffey has been an eye surgeon for over 40 years. He is a partner at the Green Clinic and is a member of the Green Clinic’s Leadership Team. Dr. Luffey has been a member of the Ruston-Lincoln Industrial Development Committee and served in a leadership role with the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Over the past 40 years, Dr. Luffey has been involved in the ownership and management of nursing homes, hospitals and medical supply companies. He was also a consultant with Alcon Laboratories, a subsidiary of Novartis, from 1996 to 2016.

•  B.S in Biology from University of Louisiana Monroe

•  M.D. from Louisiana State University-Shreveport

•  Ophthalmology Residency with Louisiana State University-Shreveport

•  Fellow American Board Ophthalmology

•  Dr. Luffey’s extensive experience with the healthcare industry and his community ties in our Louisiana markets are valuable to our Company and our Board

Farrell Malone

 

Independent

 

Partner (Retired)

KPMG LLP

 

Certified Public Accountant

 

Audit Committee Financial Expert

 

Age(1): 71

 

Director Since 2013

 

Board Committees:

 

•  Audit Committee (Chair)

•  Finance Committee

•  Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

•  Risk Committee

Mr. Malone is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and retired partner of KPMG LLP, where he served on its Board of Directors from 2005 to 2010, including as lead director from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Malone is an “Audit Committee Financial Expert,” as defined under applicable SEC rules. He currently serves as the Chair of our Audit Committee.

•  B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University

•  Mr. Malone brings to our Board extensive accounting, management, strategic planning, risk assessment and financial skills, which are important to the oversight of our financial reporting, enterprise and operational risk management operations

 

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    PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION
OF DIRECTORS
       

 

Director Nominee

Background

Qualifications

Drake Mills

 

Chairman, President & CEO

Origin Bancorp, Inc.

 

Age(1): 63

 

Director Since 2012

Mr. Mills is our Chairman, President and CEO. Mr. Mills has over 40 years of banking experience and started out as a check file clerk with Origin Bank. Having worked his way up through the organization, Mr. Mills has served in various capacities, including in- house system night operator, branch manager, consumer loan officer, commercial lender and Chief Financial Officer. He became President and Chief Operations Officer in 1996 and was named CEO of Origin Bank in 2003. He has served our Company as President since 1998 and CEO since 2008, and as Chairman of our Board since 2012. Under his leadership as President and CEO, Origin Bank has experienced significant asset growth, primarily through organic growth. Mr. Mills served on the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2011 to 2014. He represented the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C., and was appointed as the Council’s President for a one-year term in 2013. He is also a past Chairman of the Louisiana Bankers Association.

•  B.S. in Finance from Louisiana Tech University

•  Graduated from the Graduate School of Banking of the South in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Graduate School of Banking of the South’s Professional Master of Banking Program in Austin, Texas

•  Mr. Mills oversees our executive management team as well as the development and execution of our strategic plan. His vision and leadership are instrumental in our growth and success

Lori Sirman

 

Certified Public Accountant

 

Market President, Executive Vice President, Origin Bank

 

Age(1): 64

 

Director Since 2022

Ms. Sirman has served as Executive Vice President and East Texas Market President of Origin Bank since October 2022. Prior to joining Origin Bank, Ms. Sirman served as CEO and President of BTH Bank, including service as Vice Chairman on the boards of directors for the bank and its holding company, BT Holdings. Prior to BTH Bank, Lori was a Senior Vice President at Texas Bank and Trust and was also in a leadership role at Regions Bank.

•  B.S. in Industrial Administration from Iowa State University

•  Certified Public Accountant (licensed in Texas)

•  Ms. Sirman’s knowledge of the banking industry, community ties in our East Texas market, leadership experience gained through her previous role at BTH Bank; and her accounting knowledge make her an asset to our Board.

 

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    PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION
OF DIRECTORS
       

 

Director Nominee

Background

Qualifications

Elizabeth Solender

 

Independent

 

President

Solender/Hall, Inc.

 

Age(1): 72

 

Director Since 2016

 

Board Committees:

•  Compensation Committee (Chair)

•  Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Ms. Solender is the President of Solender/Hall, Inc., a commercial real estate and consulting company that specializes in assisting businesses and nonprofit organizations buy, sell, lease, and review financial options in commercial real estate in the North Texas area. She is considered a national expert on nonprofit commercial real estate issues, teaches real estate for nonprofit executives, and writes a blog for D CEO magazine on the topic. Prior to her career in commercial real estate, she was the human resources manager for the Exploration Division of Sun Company. She currently serves on the Meadows Museum Advisory Council at Southern Methodist University and most recently as a director for The Real Estate Council Community Investors Board and as Advisory Board Chair for Lost Oak Winery. Ms. Solender is a past national president of Commercial Real Estate Women (“CREW”) Network and past chair of the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) North Texas Chapter. The Dallas Business Journal has named her one of the top 25 Women in Business in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Bisnow named her a Power Woman in commercial real estate, and is a D CEO magazine 2023 POWER BROKER. She also received the inaugural Commercial Real Estate Women Network Circle of Excellence award, CREW’s highest honor.

•  B.A. in Communication from Emerson College

•  M.A. in Communication from Purdue University

•  Earned the NACD Governance Fellow status, which requires continuing education in corporate governance

•  Ms. Solender’s real estate acumen, human resources knowledge, nonprofit experience and extensive involvement in the North Texas community make her a valuable addition to our Board

 

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    PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION
OF DIRECTORS
       

 

Director Nominee

Background

Qualifications

Steven Taylor

 

Independent

 

President

Car Town of Monroe, Inc.

 

President & Operating Manager

West Monroe Land Development Co., Inc.,

Partner

Ride Time Auto Credit, LLC,

 

Partner

Twin City Investments, LLC,

 

Age(1):70

 

Director Since 2016

 

Board Committees:

•  Finance Committee

Mr. Taylor has been President of Car Town of Monroe, Inc. (“Car Town”) since 1987 and oversees its day-to-day operations. Car Town is one of the largest independent automotive dealers in Louisiana and has been previously recognized as the State Quality Dealer of the Year and one of the top 10 in the nation by the National Independent Auto Dealers Association. Mr. Taylor has other business interests and has served as the President and Operating Manager of West Monroe Land Development Co., Inc., a corporation focused on real estate development, since 1983, as a Partner in Ride Time Auto Credit, LLC, an automobile finance company, since 2006, and as a Partner in Twin City Investments, LLC, a real estate investment company, since 2004. Mr. Taylor is also actively involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Louisiana. He was appointed the Chairman of the St. Francis Hospital Foundation on January 1, 2023, and is the past president of the Bayou DeSiard Country Club, Chairman of the St. Francis Hospital Foundation, and is a board member of the Monroe Downtown Economic Development District.

•  Attended North East Louisiana University

•  Mr. Taylor’s business experience in various companies and unique viewpoints obtained in his successful enterprises make him a valued member of our Board

 

(1) Ages at March 11, 2024.

 

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    PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION
OF DIRECTORS
       

 

Board Diversity

 

The Company and the Board believe the diversity reflected in the communities we serve must be represented in the composition of the Board itself and is integral and necessary to the effective and successful functioning of the Company’s operations. We believe the members of our Board are well-qualified and reflect the diversity within our markets, including being representative of the age, gender, race, experience and expertise. The table below discloses the demographic mix of our Board at December 31, 2023.

 

Board Diversity Matrix
Total Number of Directors 15      
  Female Male
Part I: Gender Identity        
Directors 4   11
Part II: Demographic Background        
African American or Black 1   1
Alaskan Native or Native American        
Asian     1
Hispanic or Latinx        
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander        
White 3   9
Two or More Races or Ethnicities        

 

Stockholder Approval

 

The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by the stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting is required for the election of the 15 director nominees, provided that if the number of director nominees exceeds the number of directors to be elected at such a meeting, the directors will be elected by a plurality of the votes cast by the holders of shares entitled to vote at such a meeting at which a quorum is present. The 15 director nominees will be elected if the number of shares that vote “For” the election of a director exceeds the number of shares voted “Against” that director. Abstentions and broker non-votes shall not be counted as votes cast either “For” or “Against” the election of any director. Stockholders shall not have cumulative voting in the election of directors.

 

Recommendation of the Board of Directors

 

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT STOCKHOLDERS VOTE “FOR” THE ELECTION OF ALL OF THE NOMINEES LISTED ABOVE FOR ELECTION TO THE BOARD.

 

 

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    PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION
OF DIRECTORS
       

 

2023 NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

The biographical information set forth below outlines the background and experience of the Company’s NEOs who do not also serve on the Company’s Board.

 

NEO

Background

Qualifications

M. Lance Hall

 

President & CEO

Origin Bank

 

Age(1): 50

Mr. Hall was promoted to President and CEO of Origin Bank in January 2020 after previously being promoted to President of Origin Bank in July 2018. Mr. Hall oversees the Bank’s regional presidents and markets, as well as lending, information technology, retail banking, operations, marketing, mortgage, and strategic planning. Prior to his promotion to Origin Bank President, Mr. Hall served as Louisiana State President from March 2013 until July 2018. While serving as Louisiana State President, Mr. Hall also became Chief Strategy Officer in March 2016 and became Chief Operating Officer of the Bank in February 2017. Mr. Hall has served our organization for over 24 years through various roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining Origin Bank, Mr. Hall spent four years at Regions Bank as a Credit Analyst and Commercial Relationship Manager.

•  B.S. in Managerial Finance from the University of Mississippi

•  Graduate of The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University

Derek McGee

 

Senior Executive Officer & Chief Legal Counsel

 

Age(1): 43

Mr. McGee joined Origin Bancorp, Inc. in January 2022 and serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the Company and Origin Bank. In this capacity, Mr. McGee oversees all legal matters involving the Company and Origin Bank and is actively involved in formulating and executing various strategic initiatives for the Company. From 2010 through 2021, Mr. McGee served as a partner of Fenimore Kay Harrison LLP where his primary area of focus was corporate, securities and regulatory representation of financial institutions. Prior to that, Mr. McGee was an attorney in the financial institutions group at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (formerly Hunton & Williams LLP). He has extensive experience representing financial institutions in merger and acquisition transactions and securities offerings, as well as SEC reporting and regulatory compliance matters. Mr. McGee is a past board member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) and the IBAT Leadership Division, as well as past Vice Chairman of IBAT’s Associate Member Advisory Council. In addition, he is a past board member of First Tee of Greater Austin.

•  B.B.A. in Finance from Baylor University

•  J.D. from Southern Methodist University

•  Member, State Bar of Texas

 

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    PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION
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NEO

Background

Qualifications

Preston Moore

 

Senior Executive Officer & Chief Credit and Banking Officer

 

Age(1): 63

Mr. Moore assumed the role of Chief Credit and Banking Officer in October 2019, and prior to this role, he served as our Houston Regional President. He has been with the Bank since November 2012. Mr. Moore has performed various roles in the banking industry for more than 41 years, and he has a vast wealth of financial knowledge. Mr. Moore formerly served as a board member for the Harris County Improvement District No. 12, and as President and Director for Encore Bancshares, Inc, and President, CEO, and Director for Encore Bank. Before he took on his role at Encore Bancshares, Mr. Moore served as the Executive Vice President and Manager of the Investment Division at Amegy Bank of Texas.

•  B.A. in Political Science at Washington and Lee University

•  MBA in Finance at the University of Texas

William Wallace, IV

 

Senior Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer

 

Age(1): 49

Mr. Wallace joined Origin Bancorp, Inc. as Chief Financial Officer in 2022. Mr. Wallace has roughly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as a Managing Director and equity research analyst at Raymond James & Associates. He joined Raymond James in 2011 through the acquisition of Howe Barnes Hoefer & Arnett, which he joined in 2010. During his time at Raymond James, he was responsible for coverage of regional and community banks primarily located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast United States, including Origin Bancorp. As a research analyst, Mr. Wallace used various mathematical, statistical, and analytical modeling techniques to perform detailed financial statements analysis and forecasting, industry analysis, and equity valuation analysis. Prior to Raymond James, Mr. Wallace was an assistant vice president at FBR Capital Markets, where he assisted in the coverage of primarily mid- and large-cap regional and super-regional banks and thrifts.

•  B.A. in Anthropology from The University of Virginia

•  MBA from The College of William and Mary

(1)Ages at March 11, 2024.

 

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    CORPORATE GOVERNANCE        

 

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

Board Leadership Structure

 

The Company has a policy that does not mandate the separation of the roles of CEO or President and the Chairman of the Board. Our Board believes it is in the best interest of the Company to instead make a determination regarding the separate roles of CEO, President and Chairman of the Board on a regular basis based on the position and direction of the Company and the membership composition of the Board. Our Board has determined that having our President and CEO, Mr. Mills, serve as Chairman of the Board is in the best interests of our stockholders at this time. This structure makes best use of the CEO’s extensive knowledge of our organization and the banking industry. Our Board views this arrangement as also providing an efficient nexus between our management and the Board, enabling the Board to obtain information pertaining to operational matters expeditiously and enabling our Chairman to bring areas of concern before the Board in a timely manner.

 

Unless the Company has an independent non-executive Chairman of the Board, the Company’s governance structure provides for a strong Lead Independent Director role. The Lead Independent Director must be independent under the NYSE rules and elected by the independent Board members. Our Board has elected James D’Agostino, Jr. to serve as the Lead Independent Director.

 

Our Board believes that it is able to have a thorough exchange of views or address any issues independent of the Chairman. Among other things, the Lead Independent Director is required to:

 

·Preside at Board meetings when the Chairman of the Board is not present;

 

·Establish the agenda for, and preside at, executive sessions of the non-management and independent directors;

 

·Receive topic suggestions from other directors to be discussed at upcoming executive sessions and facilitate discussion on key issues outside of meetings;

 

·Act as a liaison and facilitate communication between the Chairman of the Board and the independent directors (provided that each director shall also be afforded direct and complete access to the Chairman of the Board at any time as such director deems necessary or appropriate);

 

·Facilitate teamwork and communication among the independent directors;

 

·Approve information sent to the Board;

 

·Approve meeting agendas for the Board, in consultation with the Chairman of the Board;

 

·Coordinate the activities of non-management and independent directors, including the authority to call meetings of non-management and independent directors;

 

·If requested by any stockholder, ensure that he or she is available for consultation and direct communication;

 

·Communicate, as appropriate, with the Company’s regulators;

 

·Regularly communicate with the Chairman of the Board on a variety of issues including business strategy and succession planning;
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    CORPORATE GOVERNANCE        

 

·Maintain close contact with the Chairs of each standing committee of the Board, and serve as an ex-officio member of each committee where he or she is not a member;

 

·Assist the committee Chairs in the establishment of committee agendas and schedules;

 

·Provide input, as needed, into the assessment of the Board committees’ effectiveness, structure, organization and charters, and the evaluation of the need for changes; and

 

·With the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, coordinate the annual evaluation of the Board and committees’ self-evaluations and the evaluation of the Chairman of the Board and the CEO.

 

Director Independence

 

Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”). Under NYSE listing standards, independent directors must comprise a majority of a listed company’s board of directors. The rules of NYSE, as well as those of the SEC, also impose several other requirements with respect to the independence of our directors. In addition, NYSE listing standards require that, subject to specified exceptions, each member of a listed company’s audit, compensation, and nominating and corporate governance committees must be independent.

 

Our Board has undertaken a review of the independence of each director and director nominee in accordance with the SEC rules and NYSE listing standards. Based on this review, our Board has determined that 12 of our anticipated 15 directors, or Messrs. Chu, D’Agostino, Jr., Davison, Jr., Gallot, Jr., Goff, Jones, Luffey, Malone, and Taylor and Mses. Edney, Farr and Solender, are independent as that term is defined under the SEC rules and NYSE listing standards. In making this determination, our Board considered the relationships that each non-employee director has with us and all other facts and circumstances that the Board deemed relevant in determining their independence, including the beneficial ownership of our capital stock by each non-employee director and the transactions described under the heading “Certain Relationships and Related-Party Transactions” and below in “Board Meetings and Committees—Compensation Committee—Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation.”

 

Governance Documents

 

We have a Code of Ethics and Business Conduct Policy (“Ethics Policy”) in place that applies to all of our directors, officers and employees. The Ethics Policy sets forth specific standards of conduct and ethics that we expect all of our directors, officers and employees to follow, including our principal executive officer (“PEO”), principal financial officer and principal accounting officer. Any amendments to the Ethics Policy (other than any technical, administrative or non-substantive amendments), or any waivers of requirements thereof, will be disclosed on our website within four days of such amendment or waiver.

 

We have also adopted Governance Principles that set forth the framework within which our Board, assisted by its committees, directs the affairs of our organization. The Governance Principles address, among other things, the composition and functions of our Board and its committees, director independence, compensation of directors and succession planning. The Corporate Governance Principles, our Ethics Policy, and information about other governance matters of interest to investors, are available through our website at www.origin.bank by clicking on Investors—Governance—Governance Overview.

 

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Director Education and Self-Assessment

 

Our Board believes that director education is important to enable it to most effectively perform its role of oversight of the management and affairs of the Company. Accordingly, it is our policy that new non-employee directors receive an orientation from appropriate executives regarding the Company’s business and affairs at the time that the director joins our Board. In addition, within three months of election or appointment to our Board, each new non-employee director is invited to spend a day at corporate headquarters for a personal briefing by executive management on the Company’s strategic plans, its financial statements, and its key policies and practices.

 

Directors are also provided with continuing education on subjects that would assist them in discharging their duties, including: regular programs on the Company’s financial planning and analysis, compliance and corporate governance developments; business-specific learning opportunities through site visits and board meetings; and briefing sessions on topics that present special risks and opportunities to the Company. Additionally, the Company has a director education program to assist board members in further developing their skills and knowledge to better perform their duties, including presentations made via our board portal. Each director is asked to view the presentation and given an opportunity during Board meetings to ask questions. For example, in 2023, presentations on Regulation FD training and updates, insider trading training, BSA Board training, and Fair Lending training were reviewed and discussed. Additionally, courses covering topics such as, ESG readiness, board compensation practices, implications of the Silicon Valley Bank collapse on board members, 2023 banking and capital market M&A outlook and financial reporting, were completed by individual directors. Training was conducted by qualified employees regarding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, corporate governance principles and investor relations, among other topics. In addition to presentations, our Board subscribes to bankdirector.com, and Dr. Luffey and Ms. Solender have access to the NACD. One of our directors, Ms. Solender, has earned NACD Governance Fellow status, which requires continuing education in corporate governance.

 

Board Meetings and Committees

 

·Our Board met seven times during the 2023 fiscal year (including regularly scheduled and special meetings)

 

·During the 2023 fiscal year, each of the directors, except for Mr. Chu and Mr. Goff, participated in 75% or more of the total number of meetings of the Board and the committees to which he or she was assigned (held during the period for which the relevant individual was a director)

 

·We expect all our directors will attend the upcoming Annual Meeting

 

·Ten out of our fifteen directors attended the 2023 annual meeting of stockholders

 

·It is our policy to invite all directors and nominees for director to attend the Annual Meeting

 

The business of our Board is conducted through its meetings, as well as through meetings of its committees. Our Board has five standing committees: an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee, a Finance Committee, a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and a Risk Committee, each of which has the composition and responsibilities described below. Members serve on our committees until their resignation or until otherwise determined by our Board. The standing committees report on their deliberations and actions at each full Board meeting. Each of the committees

 

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has the authority to engage outside experts, advisors and counsel to the extent it considers appropriate to assist the committee in its work. In the future, our Board may establish such additional committees as it deems appropriate, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and the Company’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

 

Risk Management and Oversight

 

Our Board is responsible for oversight of management and the business and affairs of the Company, including those relating to management of risk. Our Board determines the appropriate risk for us generally, assesses the specific risks faced by us, and reviews the steps taken by management to manage those risks. While the entire Board maintains the ultimate oversight responsibility for the risk management process, the Risk Committee was formed by our Board to assist in its oversight and the Board’s other committees assist in oversight of risk in specific areas. In particular, the Audit Committee assists the Board in monitoring the effectiveness of the Company’s identification and management of risk, including financial and other business risks. The Compensation Committee is responsible for overseeing the management of risks relating to our executive and employee compensation plans and arrangements, and periodically reviews these arrangements to evaluate whether incentive or other forms of compensation encourage unnecessary or excessive risk-taking by the Company. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee monitors the risks associated with the independence of our Board. The Finance Committee is responsible for, among other things, overseeing the administration and effectiveness of market and similar risks. Management regularly reports on applicable risks to the relevant committee or the full Board, as appropriate, with additional review or reporting on risks conducted as needed.

 

Audit Committee

 

The current members of our Audit Committee are Messrs. Malone (Chair), D’Agostino, Jr. and Jones. Our Board has evaluated the independence of the members of the Audit Committee and has determined that (i) each of the members is independent under the applicable rules of NYSE, (ii) each of the members satisfies the additional independence standards under the SEC rules for Audit Committee service and (iii) each of the members has the ability to read and understand fundamental financial statements. The Board also reviewed whether any members of the Audit Committee meet the criteria to be considered a financial expert as defined by the SEC rules. Based on its review, the Board determined that Mr. Malone qualifies as an “Audit Committee Financial Expert,” as defined under the applicable rules of the SEC, by reason of his prior job experience. The Audit Committee held eight meetings during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.

 

Our Audit Committee oversees our accounting and financial reporting process and the audit of our financial statements, and assists our Board in monitoring our financial systems and our legal and regulatory compliance. Our Audit Committee is responsible for, among other things:

 

·Selecting, engaging and overseeing the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, including preapproving all services and the fees and terms of engagement. The independent auditor reports directly to the Audit Committee;

 

·Overseeing the integrity of our financial statements, including the annual audit, the annual audited financial statements and financial information included in our periodic reports that will be filed with the SEC;

 

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·Overseeing our financial reporting internal controls, including discussing with management and the independent auditor any significant findings related to the internal control over financial reporting;

 

·Overseeing our internal audit function, including the direct oversight of the Chief Audit Executive, who shall functionally report to the Audit Committee;

 

·Overseeing our compliance with applicable laws and regulations related to financial matters or that could materially affect the Company’s financial statements;

 

·Overseeing our risk management function related to financial reporting;

 

·Overseeing our procedures for receipt, assessment and handling of complaints regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters;

 

·Overseeing concerns regarding questionable accounting and auditing, including submissions made by employees pursuant to the Ethics and Compliance Reporting (Whistleblower) Policy; and

 

·Investigating matters pertaining to the adherence to the Code of Ethics or other standards of business conduct, as such are related to accounting, auditing, financial reporting or internal control functions.

 

Our Board has adopted a written charter for the Audit Committee, which is reviewed annually and available on our website at www.origin.bank under “Investors—Governance—Governance Overview.”

 

Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

The Audit Committee has appointed FORVIS, LLP, as the independent registered public accounting firm to audit the consolidated financial statements of the Company for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024. FORVIS, LLP, served as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023, and reported on the Company’s consolidated financial statements for that year.

 

Audit Committee Policy on Pre-Approval of Audit and Permissible Non-Audit Services

 

The Audit Committee must pre-approve engagements for audit and permissible non-audit services to be rendered by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm and the fees and terms of each such engagement. The Audit Committee may delegate pre-approval authority to its Chair, who shall report any final pre-approval decisions, including the material terms and fees of such engagement, to the Audit Committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The Audit Committee may not delegate to management the Audit Committee’s responsibilities to pre-approve services performed by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.

 

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Fees Paid to Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

The following is a description of the fees earned by FORVIS, LLP for services rendered to the Company for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, for purposes of considering whether such fees are compatible with maintaining the independence of FORVIS, LLP, and concluded that such fees did not impair the independence of FORVIS, LLP. The Audit Committee has pre-approved all of the services provided by FORVIS, LLP, and all of the fees described below.

 

  Years Ended December 31,

(Dollars in thousands)

 

2023

 

2022

 

Audit Fees(1)

 

$ 772

 

$ 861

 

Audit-Related Fees(2)

 

28

 

27

 

Tax Fees

 

 

 

All Other Fees

 

 

 

Total

 

$ 800

 

$ 888

(1)Audit Fees reflect the aggregate fees incurred for services related to the audit of our annual consolidated financial statements and review of our quarterly consolidated financial statements filed on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, respectively, and other required filings. Audit fees also include fees for the audit of our internal controls over financial reporting.

 

(2)Audit-Related Fees include aggregate fees incurred for professional services rendered related to the audits of retirement and employee benefit plans.

 

During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, none of the total hours expended on the audit and review of the Forms 10-K and 10-Q, respectively, and other required filings, by FORVIS, LLP, were provided by persons other than FORVIS, LLP’s full-time permanent employees.

 

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Report by Audit Committee

 

The Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed with management of the Company and FORVIS, LLP the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, management’s assessment of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting, and FORVIS, LLP’s evaluation of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting. The Audit Committee has discussed with FORVIS, LLP the matters required to be discussed by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) and the SEC. The Audit Committee has also received the written disclosures and the letter from FORVIS, LLP required by applicable requirements of the PCAOB regarding the independent registered public accounting firm’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and has discussed with FORVIS, LLP such accounting firm’s independence. Based on the foregoing, the Audit Committee has recommended to our Board that the audited financial statements be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.

 

  THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
   
  Farrell Malone (Chair)
  James D’Agostino, Jr.
  Michael Jones

 

The material in this report is not “soliciting material,” is not deemed “filed” with the SEC and is not to be incorporated by reference in any filing of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) whether made before or after the date hereof and irrespective of any general incorporation language in any such filing.

 

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Compensation Committee

 

The current members of our Compensation Committee are Ms. Solender (Chair) and Messrs. Chu, Gallot, Jr., Goff, Jones, and Luffey. Our Board has determined that each of the members of our Compensation Committee is independent within the meaning of the independent director requirements of NYSE and the SEC. Our Board has also determined that the composition of our Compensation Committee meets the requirements for independence under, and the functioning of our Compensation Committee complies with, the applicable requirements of NYSE and SEC rules and regulations. The members of the Compensation Committee also qualify as “non-employee directors” according to the SEC rules. The Compensation Committee held five meetings during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.

 

The Compensation Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities relating to the compensation of the CEO and executive officers of the Company. In addition, the Compensation Committee oversees the Company’s executive compensation policies, plans and programs. Our Compensation Committee is responsible for, among other things:

 

·Annually reviewing and approving the compensation of our CEO, including determination of salary, bonus, benefits, incentive opportunities and other compensation, approving goals and objectives relevant to the compensation of the CEO and evaluating the CEO’s performance in light of such goals and objectives;

 

·Together with the CEO, annually reviewing, approving and make recommendations to the Board with respect to the evaluation process and compensation structure for all other executive officers, including determination of salary, bonus, incentive opportunities and other compensation based on an evaluation of each executive officer’s performance against relevant goals and objectives;

 

·Overseeing and evaluating our organizational compensation structure, policies and programs, and assessing whether these establish appropriate incentives and leadership development opportunities for management and other employees;

 

·Retaining, or obtaining the advice of, such compensation consultants, legal counsel or other advisors as the Compensation Committee deems necessary or appropriate for it to carry out its duties;

 

·Reviewing and approving employment agreements, severance or termination arrangements, change-in-control (“CIC”) agreements, retirement agreements and similar matters;

 

·Reviewing, approving and administering our equity compensation plans and recommending changes to such plans as needed;

 

·Evaluating and monitoring, with the assistance of the Chief Risk Officer, risk management matters as they relate to compensation to ensure that compensation practices and incentive compensation arrangements are consistent with principles of safety and soundness, do not encourage excessive risk taking, and are not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company;

 

·Reviewing and approving the implementation or revision of any clawback policy allowing the Company to recoup compensation paid to executive officers and other employees;

 

·Approving or making recommendations to the Board with respect to the adoption or modification of policies regarding the pledging or hedging of Company stock by Company insiders, if any, and monitoring compliance with respect to any adopted policy on pledging and hedging;

 

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·Providing strategic review of the Company’s human resources strategies and initiatives to ensure the Company is seeking, developing and retaining human capital appropriate to the Company’s needs;

 

·Establishing and monitoring compliance with any stock ownership and holding guidelines of the Company that are applicable to executive officers; and

 

·Reviewing and establishing compensation for non-executive directors.

 

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

No members serving on the Compensation Committee during 2023 were officers or employees of the Company or any of its subsidiaries and none were former officers of the Company or any of its subsidiaries. No member of the Compensation Committee has or had any relationship with the Company or any of its subsidiaries that is required to be disclosed as a transaction with a related party. Since the establishment of our Compensation Committee, none of our executive officers served as a director or member of the compensation committee (or other committee serving an equivalent function) of any other entity whose executive officers served on the Compensation Committee or the Board.

 

Compensation Committee Processes and Procedures

 

Typically, the Compensation Committee meets at least quarterly and with greater frequency if necessary. The agenda for each meeting is usually developed by the Chair of the Compensation Committee, in consultation with our Chief Human Resources Officer and other members of the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee meets regularly in executive sessions. Our Chief Human Resources Officer regularly attends meetings of the Compensation Committee and, from time to time, various other members of management or other employees, as well as outside advisors or consultants, may be invited by the Compensation Committee to make presentations, to provide background information or to otherwise participate in meetings. The Company’s CEO, the Bank’s President and CEO, and the Chief Human Resources Officer also interface with the Compensation Committee in connection with executive compensation. The Compensation Committee periodically meets with the CEO to assess progress toward meeting objectives set by the Board for both annual and long- term compensation. The CEO may not participate in, or be present during, any deliberations or determinations of the Compensation Committee regarding CEO’s compensation.

 

The Compensation Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees to the extent it deems necessary or appropriate. Under its charter, the Compensation Committee has the authority to select, retain and approve the fees and other retention terms of counsel, accountants or other experts or advisors, including compensation consultants, at the expense of the Company, that the Compensation Committee considers appropriate in the performance of its duties. The Compensation Committee also has direct responsibility for the oversight of the work of any consultants or advisors it engages. Under its charter, the Compensation Committee may select or receive advice from a consultant only after taking into consideration certain factors set forth in the NYSE rules relating to the consultant’s independence. Although the Compensation Committee is required to consider such factors, it is free to select or receive advice from a consultant that is not independent. See the Compensation Discussion and Analysis for additional information regarding the Compensation Committee’s consultant.

 

Our Board has adopted a written charter for the Compensation Committee, which is reviewed annually and available on our website at www.origin.bank under “Investors—Governance—Governance Overview.

 

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Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

 

The current members of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee are Messrs. Jones (Chair), Chu, D’Agostino, Jr., Goff, Malone and Mses. Edney and Solender. Our Board has determined that each of the members of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is independent within the meaning of the independent director requirements of NYSE. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee held four meetings during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.

 

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee nominates persons for election as directors and reviews corporate governance matters. Candidates may come to the attention of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee through Board members, management, stockholders or other persons. These candidates are evaluated at Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee meetings and may be considered at any point during the year. Although, to date, there have been no stockholder nominations and the Company does not have a formal policy of considering director candidates recommended by stockholders, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider stockholder nominations for candidates for the Board that have been properly submitted in accordance with the advance notice provisions of our Bylaws. Among other things, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee members are responsible for:

 

·Evaluating and making recommendations to our Board regarding Board size and composition, committee structure and assignments, and director responsibilities;

 

·Assisting our Board in identifying prospective director nominees and recommending to our Board a slate of director nominees for election by stockholders at each annual meeting of stockholders;

 

·Reviewing the background, qualifications and independence of individuals being considered as director candidates, including persons proposed by stockholders or others;

 

·Reviewing and overseeing the management succession program;

 

·Evaluating and recommending corporate governance principles applicable to our Board composition and operation of the Company;

 

·Developing and reviewing the Company’s related party transactions policy and reviewing or approving related party transactions;

 

·Reviewing and investigating matters pertaining to the adherence to the Ethics Policy or other standards of business conduct by any director or executive officer of the Company, except as such are related to accounting, auditing, financial reporting or internal control functions, which is the responsibility of the Audit Committee; and

 

·Overseeing the Company’s strategy and practices related to ESG.

 

Our Board has adopted a written charter for our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, which is reviewed annually and available on our website at www.origin.bank under “Investors—Governance—Governance Overview.”

 

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Finance Committee

 

The current members of our Finance Committee are Messrs. D’Agostino, Jr. (Chair), Davison, Jr., Malone, Taylor and Ms. Farr. The Finance Committee met four times in 2023. The Finance Committee has responsibility for, among other things:

 

·Reviewing, approving and recommending for implementation our market risk functional framework, liquidity risk and oversight policy;

 

·Overseeing the administration and effectiveness of, and compliance with, our market risk functional framework and oversight policy and other significant investment and related policies;

 

·Reviewing and overseeing the operation of our Capital Management Policy as well as our capital adequacy assessments, forecasting and stress testing processes and activities;

 

·Reviewing capital levels and making recommendations to our Board regarding our dividend policy;

 

·Reviewing and making recommendations with respect to the sale or repurchase of debt or equity securities, as well as making recommendations regarding the Company’s financing activities and significant capital expenditures; and

 

·Reviewing the financial analyses of potential acquisitions and investments.

 

Our Board has adopted a written charter for our Finance Committee, which is reviewed annually and available on our website at www.origin.bank under “Investors—Governance—Governance Overview.”

 

Risk Committee

 

The current members of the Risk Committee are Messrs. Davison, Jr., (Chair), D’Agostino, Jr., Luffey, Malone, and Ms. Edney. The Risk Committee held four meetings in 2023.

 

Our Board believes an effective enterprise risk management system is necessary to ensure the successful, safe and sound management of the Company. The Risk Committee was appointed by our Board to assist our Board in its oversight of (i) the Company’s enterprise risk management framework, (ii) the Company’s risk appetite statement, including risk limits and tolerances, and (iii) the performance of the Company’s Chief Risk Officer. Among other things, our Risk Committee has responsibility for:

 

·Overseeing the Company’s enterprise risk management framework and risk appetite statement, including the ongoing alignment of the risk appetite statement with the Company’s strategy and capital plans;

 

·Reviewing and evaluating the major risk exposures of the Company and its business units, including market, credit, operational, liquidity, legal, cybersecurity, technology and reputational risks, against established risk measurement methodologies and tolerances, as applicable;

 

·Overseeing the Company’s risk identification framework;

 

·Monitoring the results of reviews and assessments of risk management functions conducted by the Chief Audit Executive;

 

·Monitoring the Company’s complaint management program, including any red flags and/or ethics violations;

 

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·Reviewing and recommending for the Board’s approval annually, and more often as appropriate, the Company’s risk appetite statement and, as and when appropriate, the Company’s other significant risk management and risk assessment guidelines and policies;

 

·Overseeing the Company’s process and significant policies for determining risk tolerance and review management’s measurement and comparison of overall risk tolerance to established limits;

 

·Monitoring risk tolerance levels and capital targets and limits as set forth in the risk appetite statement;

 

·Regularly reporting to the Board on the adequacy and quality of the Company’s methods for identifying, measuring, monitoring, controlling and reporting risks;

 

·Reviewing the Company’s insurance program and the policies in place to address insurable risks, including coverages, limits, risk retention, claims, loss histories, and related matters;

 

·Overseeing management’s compliance with all of the regulatory obligations of the Company and its subsidiaries arising under applicable federal and state banking laws, rules and regulations;

 

·Reviewing and approving, on an annual basis, the Company’s internal annual compliance training schedule;

 

·Reviewing and approving the appointment and, as appropriate, replacement of the Chief Risk Officer;

 

·Evaluating the qualifications, performance and compensation of the Chief Risk Officer; and

 

·Coordinating with management, including the Chief Risk Officer, and the Audit Committee to help ensure that the committees have appropriate information and resources to fulfill their duties and responsibilities with respect to oversight of risk management practices and policies.

 

Our Board has adopted a written charter for our Risk Committee, which is reviewed annually and available on our website at www.origin.bank under “Investors—Governance—Governance Overview.”

 

Stockholder Nominees and Proposals for 2025 Annual Meeting

 

If a stockholder desires to submit a stockholder proposal pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act for inclusion in the proxy statement for the 2025 annual meeting of stockholders, such proposal and supporting statements, if any, must be received by us at our principal executive offices, located at 500 South Service Road East, Ruston, Louisiana 71270, no later than November 14, 2024. However, if the date of the 2025 annual meeting of stockholders is changed by more than 30 days from April 24, 2025, then the deadline will be a reasonable time before we begin to send proxy materials. Any such proposal must comply with the requirements of Rule 14a-8.

 

Stockholder proposals to be presented at the 2025 annual meeting of stockholders, other than stockholder proposals submitted pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act, for inclusion in the proxy statement (including a director nomination) for the 2025 annual meeting of stockholders must, in addition to other requirements, be in proper form and received in writing at the Company’s principal executive offices no earlier than December 25, 2024, and no later than January 25, 2025. If the 2025 annual meeting is not called for a date that is within 30 days of April 24, 2025, notice must be delivered not later than the close of business on the tenth day following the date on which such notice of the date of the meeting was mailed or public disclosure of the date of the meeting was made, whichever occurs first. Please consult our Bylaws before sending in a notice as we may disregard proposals or nominations not made in accordance with the requirements in our Bylaws.

 

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Director Nominees

 

Our Bylaws provide that nominations of persons for election to the Board may be made by or at the direction of our Board or by any stockholder entitled to vote for the election of directors at the Annual Meeting who complies with certain procedures in our Bylaws as described above. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for identifying and recommending candidates to our Board as vacancies occur.

 

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for monitoring the mix of skills and experience of the directors in order to assess whether our Board has the necessary tools to perform its oversight function effectively. Director candidates are evaluated using certain established criteria, including familiarity with the financial services industry, their personal financial stability, their willingness to serve on our Board and our Corporate Governance Principles. In addition, our Corporate Governance Principles indicate directors should possess the highest personal and professional ethics, integrity and values, and be committed to representing the long-term interests of the stockholders. They must also have an inquisitive and objective perspective, practical wisdom and mature judgment. Although we do not have a separate diversity policy, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers the diversity of our directors and nominees in terms of knowledge, experience, skills, expertise and other characteristics that may contribute to our Board. In addition, the Company’s strategic plan includes a focus on attracting Board members who represent a broad mix of skills, backgrounds and perspectives that will more closely reflect the diversity of our customer base, stockholders and communities we serve.

 

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee utilizes a variety of methods for identifying and evaluating nominees for director and regularly assesses the appropriate size of our Board, and whether any vacancies on our Board are expected due to retirement or otherwise. In the event that vacancies are anticipated, or otherwise arise, the Committee considers various potential candidates for director.

 

Candidates may come to the attention of the Committee through current Board members, professional search firms, stockholders or other persons. These candidates are evaluated at regular or special meetings of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and may be considered at any point during the year. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider director candidates recommended by stockholders in the same manner as it considers candidates recommended by others, provided that such candidates are nominated in accordance with the applicable provisions of our Bylaws. Because of this, there is no specific policy regarding stockholder nominations of potential directors. At present, our Board does not engage any third parties to identify and evaluate potential director candidates.

 

Certain Relationships and Related-Party Transactions

 

Transactions by Origin Bank or us with related parties are subject to a formal written policy, as well as regulatory requirements and restrictions. These requirements and restrictions include Sections 23A and 23B of the Federal Reserve Act (which govern certain transactions by Origin Bank with its affiliates) and the Federal Reserve’s Regulation O (which governs certain loans by Origin Bank to its executive officers, directors and principal stockholders). We and our wholly-owned subsidiary, Origin Bank, have adopted policies designed to ensure compliance with these regulatory requirements and restrictions. In addition, our Ethics Policy provides guidance for addressing actual or potential conflicts of interests, including those that may arise from transactions and relationships between the Company and its executive officers or directors.

 

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We have also adopted a written Related Party Transaction Policy. Related party transactions are transactions, arrangements or relationships in which we are or will be a participant, the amount involved exceeds $120,000 and a related party has or will have a direct or indirect material interest. Related parties include our directors (including nominees for election as directors), our executive officers, beneficial owners of more than 5% of our capital stock and the immediate family members of any of the foregoing persons.

 

Transactions subject to the policy are referred to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee for evaluation and approval. In determining whether to approve a related party transaction, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider, among other factors:

 

·Whether the transaction was undertaken in the ordinary course of the Company’s and the related party’s business;

 

·Whether the transaction was initiated by the Company or the related party;

 

·The purpose of the transaction and its potential risks and benefits to the Company;

 

·In the event the related party is a director, an Immediate Family Member of a director or an entity in which a director is a partner, stockholder or executive officer, the impact on the director’s independence and, if the director serves on the Compensation Committee, such director’s status as a “non-employee director” under the SEC rules;

 

·The availability of other sources for comparable products or services;

 

·The approximate dollar value of the transaction and the amount and nature of the related party’s interest in the transaction; and

 

·The terms of the transaction and whether the proposed transaction is proposed to be entered into on terms no less favorable than the terms available to unrelated third parties or to employees generally.

 

Our Related Party Transactions Policy is available on our website at www.origin.bank under “Investors— Governance—Governance Overview.”

 

General

 

In addition to the relationships, transactions and the director and executive officer compensation arrangements discussed under “Director Compensation,” “Executive Compensation” and “Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation,the following is a description of transactions since January 1, 2023, including currently proposed transactions, to which we have been or will be a party in which the amount involved exceeded or will exceed $120,000, and in which any of our directors (including nominees), executive officers or beneficial holders of more than 5% of our capital stock, or their immediate family members or entities affiliated with them, had or will have a direct or indirect material interest. We believe the terms and conditions set forth in such agreements are reasonable and customary for similar transactions.

 

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Ordinary Banking Relationships

 

Certain of our officers, directors and principal stockholders, as well as their immediate family members and affiliates, are customers of, or have or have had transactions with, Origin Bank, us or our affiliates in the ordinary course of business. These transactions include deposits, loans, mortgages and other financial services transactions. Related party transactions are made in the ordinary course of business, on substantially the same terms, including interest rates and collateral (where applicable), as those prevailing at the time for comparable transactions with persons not related to us, and do not involve more than normal risks of collectability or present other features disproportionately unfavorable to us.

 

At December 31, 2023, we had approximately $71.1 million of loans outstanding to our directors and officers, their immediate family members and their affiliates, as well as those of Origin Bank, and we had approximately $13.5 million in unfunded loan commitments to these persons. At December 31, 2023, no related party loans were categorized as nonaccrual, past due, restructured or potential problem loans. We expect to continue to enter into transactions in the ordinary course of business on similar terms with our officers, directors and principal stockholders, as well as their immediate family members and affiliates.

 

Certain Commercial Relationships

 

Air Transportation

 

Ruston Aviation, Inc. is engaged by us from time to time to provide private air transportation to our management team. The sole owner of Ruston Aviation, Inc., James Davison, Sr., is the father of our director James Davison, Jr.

 

During 2019, Origin Bank and Ruston Aviation, LLC jointly purchased an airplane from a third party, with each party having an equal 50% ownership stake. 49% of Ruston Aviation, LLC is owned by James Davison, Sr., the father of our director James Davison, Jr., 49% is owned by Steven Davison, the brother of our director James Davison, Jr., and 2% is owned by Ruston Aviation, Inc. The aggregate purchase price of the aircraft was $5,162,040. Half of the purchase price was paid by the Bank and half was paid by Ruston Aviation, LLC. Ruston Aviation, LLC and the Bank have allocated operating costs in accordance with their respective use of the aircraft. We made payments of approximately $76,000 to Ruston Aviation, Inc. for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, including the Bank’s portion of shared operating costs in connection with its joint ownership of the aircraft. In addition, we provide outsourced human resources services for Ruston Aviation, LLC for which Ruston Aviation, LLC pays us $15,000 annually.

 

Hospitality and Country Club Membership

 

The Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, Louisiana is owned by Squire Creek Country Club and Development LLC, which itself is jointly owned in equal 50% stakes by James Davison, Sr. and Steven Davison, father and brother, respectively, of our director James Davison, Jr. From time to time, we use the country club for corporate functions, employee and vendor lodging and similar activities. During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, we paid approximately $313,000 to Squire Creek Country Club and Development LLC for these services and we do not believe we pay more than standard rates. In addition, we provide outsourced human resource services for Squire Creek Country Club and Development, LLC for which Squire Creek Country Club and Development, LLC pays us $45,000 annually.

 

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Commercial Office Building Purchase

 

In October 2023, we purchased a commercial office building located at 1300 Celebrity Drive in Ruston, Louisiana, which we intend to utilize for additional back office space as well as general administrative and corporate office space. The seller of the office building was Jedco Properties, LLC, which is owned by James Davison, Sr., the father of our director, James Davison, Jr. The purchase price for the commercial office building was $3.2 million, which was determined by an independent appraisal of the property.

 

Forth Insurance Leases

 

Forth Insurance, LLC (“Forth Insurance”), our wholly-owned insurance subsidiary has leased an office condominium located at 504 South Service Road East, Ruston, Louisiana, from MNG Properties, L.L.C. (“MNG”), which lease was renewed most recently on February 1, 2021, for a ten-year term. Our Chairman and CEO, Drake Mills, owns 33.3% of MNG. During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, Forth Insurance paid MNG an aggregate of $151,000 in lease payments. Under the terms of the lease, aggregate future lease payments, excluding expenses and assuming exercise of all renewal options, were approximately $1.8 million at March 1, 2024.

 

Forth Insurance conducts operations in Monroe, Louisiana at a location leased from 2200 Tower Drive, LLC, an entity in which Peyton Farr, the husband of our director Meryl Farr, is a 40% owner. The current term of the lease ends October 2030, with a renewal option to extend the lease for an additional five years. The lease provides for a monthly base rent of $27,133 and is subject to certain adjustments. We are also responsible for utilities, certain real property taxes, maintenance (except with respect to common areas), repairs and alterations. Under the terms of the lease, aggregate future lease payments, excluding expenses and assuming exercise of all renewal options, were approximately $3.8 million at March 1, 2024. We made payments of approximately $326,000 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, in connection with this lease.

 

Compensation Expense

 

Peyton Farr, the husband of our director Meryl Farr, is employed by our wholly-owned insurance subsidiary, Forth Insurance, and Tyler Mills, the son of our Chairman and CEO Drake Mills, is employed by our wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Origin Bank. Each of Mr. Peyton Farr and Mr. Tyler Mills received compensation in excess of $120,000 for their employment during 2023.

 

Perkins-McKenzie Investment

 

On March 6, 2024, our wholly-owned insurance subsidiary, Forth Insurance, made an $800,000 investment in Perkins-McKenzie Insurance Agency, LLC (“PM Agency”), which represents 20% of PM Agency’s outstanding membership interests. Concurrent with this investment, Strategic Agency Partners, LLC (“SAP”) purchased 40% of the outstanding membership interests in PM Agency. Peyton Farr, the husband of our director Meryl Farr, owns 75% of SAP and became the manager of PM Agency upon closing of the investments by Forth Insurance and SAP. Mr. Farr will also remain an employee of our wholly-owned insurance subsidiary, Forth Insurance.

 

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Director Compensation for Fiscal Year 2023

 

The Compensation Committee is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to our Board with respect to the compensation of directors. Employees of the Company and its subsidiaries are not compensated for service as a director of the Company or its subsidiaries.

 

Director compensation is reviewed periodically by the Compensation Committee of our Board and adjustments are considered, as needed. Periodically, the Committee engages an independent consultant to review director compensation amounts and structure using the same group of peer banks that is used by the Compensation Committee to review the compensation of senior management.

 

The following table summarizes the committee and other fees/benefits paid to non-employee directors during the year ended December 31, 2023:

 

  Committee
Member Fee $
Committee
Chair Premium $
Other Annual
Fees/Benefits $
Cash and Equity Retainers:      
Retainer per director 40,000
Equity-based awards per director(1) 40,000
Lead independent director 16,000
Committee Service Fees:      
Audit 6,000 12,000
Compensation 4,000 8,000
Finance 2,000 4,000
Nominating and Corporate Governance 2,000 4,000
Risk 2,000 4,000

 

(1)Equity awards were granted to non-employee directors pursuant to Origin’s 2012 Stock Incentive Plan in May of 2023. Subsequently, and pending stockholder approval, future awards will be granted pursuant in May of each year following the annual stockholders meeting and the election of directors pursuant to the Origin Bancorp, Inc. Omnibus Incentive Plan. These grants vest on April 1st of the following year, subject to their continued service on such date.

 

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The following table summarizes the total compensation paid by the Company to non-NEO directors for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023:

 

 

 

Name

Fees Earned or
Paid in Cash
$

Stock Awards(1)
$

All Other
Compensations(2)
$

 

Total
$

Daniel Chu 46,000 40,025 86,025
James S D’Agostino, Jr. 72,000 40,025 112,025
James E Davison, Jr. 50,000 40,025 90,025
Jay Dyer(3) 10,000 352,938 362,938
A. La’Verne Edney 44,000 40,025 84,025
Meryl Farr 48,000 40,025 88,025
Richard J Gallot, Jr. 46,000 40,025 86,025
Stacey Goff 46,000 40,025 86,025
Michael Jones 56,000 40,025 96,025
Gary E Luffey 48,000 40,025 88,025
Farrell J Malone 64,000 40,025 104,025
Lori Sirman 1,131,786 1,131,786
Elizabeth Solender 54,000 40,025 94,025
Steven Taylor 48,000 40,025 88,025

 

(1)The amounts shown in this column reflect RSAs granted to the non-employee directors during 2023 and are disclosed as the aggregate grant date fair value of the awards computed in accordance with ASC Topic 718, based on the closing market price of our common stock on the grant date. For additional information on our calculation of stock-based compensation, please refer to the notes to our audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

(2)The amounts shown in this column are described in the table below and were paid to Mr. Dyer and Ms. Sirman in conjunction with their employment by the Company.

 

(3)Mr. Dyer terminated his employment with the Company in September 2023, but continued his service on the Board. Mr. Dyer received $10,000 for his service as a director for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.

 

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Amount of all other compensation paid to Mr. Dyer and Ms. Sirman in 2023 are set forth below:

 

Description

Jay Dyer ($)

Lori Sirman ($)

Base salary

303,517

   506,000

Short-term incentive

         —

   130,175

Stock Awards(1)

         —

   477,075

Transfer ownership of Company car

  29,000

            —

Personal use of company car

         —

       1,478

Employer 401(k) contributions

    8,438

       9,900

Country club membership dues

  11,983

       7,158

Total

352,938

1,131,786

 

(1)The amount reflects RSUs and PSUs granted to Ms. Sirman and are disclosed as the aggregate grant date fair value of the awards. Includes a grant of $300,043 related to the Company’s acquisition of Ms. Sirman’s prior employer, BTH Bank, N.A. For additional information on our calculation of stock-based compensation and relevant assumptions, please refer to the Note 13 to our audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K. For PSUs, the grant date fair value is calculated using the target number of PSUs awarded, which was the assumed probable outcome on the grant date. Assuming, instead, the highest level of performance achievement on the grant date for the PSUs, the aggregate grant date fair value of the awards would have been $132,774.

 

Directors have been and will continue to be reimbursed for travel, food, lodging and other expenses directly related to their activities as directors. Directors are also entitled to the protection provided by the indemnification provisions in our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, as well as the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of Origin Bank, as applicable.

 

Ms. Sirman is an employee of Origin Bank but is not an executive officer of the Company. Each of Ms. Sirman and Mr. Dyer were subject to employment agreements with BTH Bank. These employment agreements were amended and assumed by Origin Bank on October 7, 2023, upon the merger of BTH Bank with and into Origin Bank. Mr. Dyer terminated his employment with the Company in September 2023, but continued his service on the Board. Under the terms of Ms. Sirman’s employment agreement, as amended, Ms. Sirman serves as an Executive Vice President of Origin Bank for a period of two years following consummation of the merger, with automatically renewing one-year terms after that time. Ms. Sirman’s current base annual salary is $506,000. Ms. Sirman is eligible for incentive compensation and other benefits consistent with similarly-situated officers of Origin Bank. The employment agreement, as amended, contains certain restrictive covenants and provides for a lump sum CIC payment equal to the executive’s base salary if such executive is terminated within a year of a change of control, subject to certain exceptions.

 

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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

 

Overview

 

The following discussion provides an overview and analysis of Origin’s compensation philosophy and objectives, pay for performance alignment and the variables considered when making the compensation-related decisions for Origin’s NEOs.

 

This discussion describes the components of the Company’s compensation program for its NEOs and should be read together with the compensation tables for our NEOs, which can be found following this discussion. Unless otherwise indicated, any references to a particular year in this discussion means the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023. The Company’s NEOs at December 31, 2023, are listed below:

 

Name Title
Drake Mills Chairman of the Board/CEO & President of Origin Bancorp, Inc.
William Wallace, IV Chief Financial Officer
M. Lance Hall President and CEO of Origin Bank
Derek McGee Chief Legal Counsel
Preston Moore Chief Credit & Banking Officer

 

Key Compensation Committee Actions in 2023

 

The Compensation Committee took several actions which are consistent with our determination to pay for performance and align our incentive compensation metrics to key strategic initiatives.

 

·Approved a revised version of the Origin Bancorp clawback policy in compliance with the new SEC clawback rules and NYSE Listing Standards.

 

·Reviewed benchmarking data on base salary and incentive opportunities for the CEO and determined that no changes would be made for 2023; reviewed benchmarking data and CEO recommendations regarding base pay and incentive targets for executives and, based upon experience, responsibilities and peer market practices for the Chief Credit and Banking Officer position, it was determined that Mr. Moore’s STIP incentive opportunity levels for 2023 would be adjusted to 20%, 40% and 60% for threshold, target and maximum, respectively, from 17.5%, 35% and 52.5% for threshold, target and maximum, respectively, during 2022.

 

·Reviewed short and long-term incentive plan designs to confirm they are in accordance with shareholder interests and peer market practices; approved metrics for 2023 incentive plans.

 

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Executive Compensation Philosophy

 

The quality and loyalty of our employees, including our executive team, is critical to executing our community banking philosophy. In order to attract and retain highly qualified and loyal employees, we feel it is important to motivate and reward these executives for high levels of performance that contribute to long-term shareholder value. Therefore, our compensation programs are designed using the following principles:

 

·We are committed to providing compensation and benefit programs that are highly competitive within our industry and with other relevant organizations with which we compete for talent.

 

·Our compensation programs are designed to encourage and reward behaviors that contribute to the achievement of strategic organizational goals and stockholder value.

 

·We are committed to providing a work culture that promotes respect, integrity, teamwork, inclusion, equity, initiative, and individual growth opportunities, which are reinforced throughout our compensation programs and practices.

 

Compensation Best Practice

 

Our executive compensation program incorporates many strong governance practices as shown below:

 

WHAT WE DO WHAT WE DON’T DO

   Tie a substantial portion of executive compensation to Company performance goals in both short and long-term compensation

   No “excise tax gross-ups” in the event of a CIC

   Engage with an independent compensation consultant that provides recommendations and advice to the Compensation Committee

   No repricing of stock options without stockholder approval

   Conduct an annual risk review of incentive plan compensation to ensure our plans do not create risks that are likely to have a material adverse impact

   No hedging of Company stock is allowed, and the pledging of Company stock is discouraged

   Maintain a clawback policy for incentive compensation

   No excessive perquisites

   Require executives and directors to maintain meaningful stock ownership

   No dividends paid on equity unless and until the units are fully earned and vested

   Utilize minimum vesting periods of at least 3 years for equity awards, with 3 year cliff vesting for most performance-based equity awards

   No incentives that encourage improper risk taking

   Engage with stockholders to discuss any concerns or objectives related to our compensation programs

   No single trigger CIC equity acceleration in employment agreements or in the newly proposed Origin Bancorp, Inc. Omnibus Incentive Plan

 

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2023 Business and Financial Highlights

 

In evaluating the Company’s overall executive compensation program and decisions, including payouts under the 2023 programs and plan designs for our 2023 programs, the Compensation Committee considered a number of factors, including the strategic and financial performance of the Company in 2023.

 

Some specific highlights and key accomplishments considered by the Compensation Committee in its decision-making process during 2023 included:

 

·Total loans held for investment (“LHFI”) at December 31, 2023, were $7.66 billion, reflecting a $570.9 million, or 8.1%, increase compared to $7.09 billion at December 31, 2022.

 

·Total deposits at December 31, 2023, were $8.25 billion, reflecting a $475.4 million, or 6.1%, increase compared to $7.78 billion at December 31, 2022.

 

·Book value per common share at December 31, 2023, was $34.30, reflecting a $3.40, or 11.0%, increase compared to $30.90 at December 31, 2022.

 

·Net Income for the year ended December 31, 2023, was $83.8 million, reflecting a $3.9 million, or 4.5%, decrease compared to $87.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2022.

 

·Return on average assets (“ROAA”) was 0.84% for the year ended December 31, 2023, reflecting a 17 basis point, or 16.8%, decrease compared to 1.01% for the year ended December 31, 2022. Return on average equity (“ROAE”) was 8.38% for the year ended December 31, 2023, reflecting a 243 basis point, or 22.5%, decrease compared to 10.81% for the year ended December 31, 2022.

 

·Nonperforming LHFI to total LHFI was 0.39% at December 31, 2023, reflecting a 25 basis point, or 178.6%, increase compared to 0.14% at December 31, 2022.

 

·Net Charge-Offs to total average LHFI was 0.10% at December 31, 2023, reflecting a two basis point, or 25.0%, increase compared to 0.08% at December 31, 2022.

 

·The Company issued $18.8 million in common stock dividends to stockholders during the year ended December 31, 2023, reflecting a $2.9 million, or 18.0%, increase compared to $15.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2022.

 

·For the eleventh consecutive year, Origin Bank has been recognized as one of the “Best Banks to Work For” in the United States.

 

Say-On-Pay and Stockholder Outreach

 

At our annual meeting of stockholders in May 2023, stockholders signaled their support for our executive compensation program where 90.0% of the total votes cast approved our 2023 Say-On-Pay proposal. The Compensation Committee considered this vote as demonstrating strong shareholder support for our overall executive compensation program, and therefore, did not make any significant changes to the program in 2023 in connection with the vote outcome.

 

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Role of Compensation Committee, Compensation Consultant and CEO

 

Role of the Compensation Committee

 

The Compensation Committee has overall responsibility for the design, implementation and administration of compensation and benefits programs for our executive officers and directors. The Committee develops and periodically reviews the Company’s overall compensation philosophy and strategy, including (a) establishing appropriate levels of compensation, (b) determining the appropriate mix between fixed versus incentive compensation and short-term versus LTI compensation, and (c) attracting, retaining and incenting highly qualified executive officers within the context of the Company’s corporate culture. In addition, the Committee annually approves the CEO’s compensation, and in conjunction with the CEO, reviews the compensation of the other NEOs and executive officers.

 

Role of the Compensation Consultant

 

For 2023, the Compensation Committee engaged Meridian Compensation Partners (“Meridian”), an independent executive compensation consultant, to provide advice and relevant market benchmarking regarding executive and director compensation.

 

Meridian continues to serve as a trusted advisor to the Compensation Committee in areas such as pay philosophy, prevailing market practices, shareholder interests and relevant regulatory mandates. Meridian’s services for 2023 included:

 

·Review of peer incentive market trends and design practices,

 

·Providing recommendations on the Company’s Peer Group for compensation purposes,

 

·Review of CEO, executive and director compensation compared to peer group market benchmarks,

 

·Providing an overview of relevant regulatory updates,

 

·Review and analysis of Proxy Advisor reports, and

 

·A review of the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of this document.

 

The Committee assessed Meridian’s independence in accordance with SEC rules and NYSE listing standards to determine that the services Meridian provides are independent and did not present any conflict of interest. Meridian did not provide any other services or products to the Company other than those services provided to the Compensation Committee.

 

Role of CEO

 

Our CEO performs an annual performance review of executive officers of the Company and provides a recommendation to the Compensation Committee regarding the compensation of each executive. The CEO is present for the Compensation Committee’s deliberations and decisions with respect to the other executive officers’ individual compensation.

 

The Compensation Committee meets separately on an annual basis with our CEO to discuss his compensation and performance based on the CEO’s annual incentive plan objectives. The Compensation Committee meets in executive session to approve the final incentive payout recommendation for the CEO and presents the incentive payout to our Board for review.

 

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Competitive Benchmarking and Compensation Peer Group

 

The Compensation Peer Group is updated annually by the Compensation Committee. When making decisions in regards to the Peer Group, the Compensation Committee relies on competitive market data and input from our compensation consultants and management. Selection factors for the group also include asset size, industry and geographic region.

 

The Compensation Committee approved the following 2023 Compensation Peer Group, which consists of 19 companies with a median asset size of approximately $11.3 billion at the time of selection.

 

BancFirst Corp. Heartland Financial, USA, Inc. Southside Bancshares Inc.
Business First Bancshares, Inc. Independent Bank Group, Inc. Stellar Bancorp
Enterprise Financial Services Corp. Renasant Corporation Stock Yards Bancorp, Inc.
FB Financial Corp. Republic Bancorp Inc. Triumph Financial, Inc.
First Bancshares, Inc. Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida Trustmark Corporation
First Financial Bankshares Inc. ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. Veritex Holdings, Inc.
Great Southern Bancorp, Inc.

 

Discussion of Executive Compensation Components

 

Our goal is to provide executives with a total compensation package that is highly competitive with the market, aligns pay and performance, encourages executives to remain with the organization and helps to drive the Company to desired levels of performance. The following table outlines the major elements of 2023 total compensation for our NEOs:

 

Compensation Element

Objectives

Base Salary

   Reward executives for their level of experience, responsibility and individual performance

   Help attract and retain strong leadership talent

Annual Cash Incentives

   Promote achievement of our annual financial goals, as well as other objectives deemed important to our long-term success

   Drive creation of long-term shareholder value

   Align management and stockholder interests

Annual PSU and RSU Awards

   Promote ownership and achievement of our long-term corporate financial goals

   Align management with stockholder interests

   Provide long-term retention incentives

Employee Benefits

   Provide competitive benefits which reasonably ensure the safety and security of our employees in regards to employment, retirement, health, paid time off, and death and disability protection

 

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Target Compensation Opportunities

 

The Compensation Committee does not utilize an exact calculation in determining the break-down or weighting of NEO compensation among base salary, short-term incentive awards, and long-term equity awards. Rather, the Compensation Committee considers all forms of compensation in light of the market competition for executive talent balanced with and considering the need to align the goals of the executive with those of the Company. Accordingly, the Compensation Committee believes that a significant portion of each NEOs’ total target compensation (i.e., sum of base salary, target annual incentive and target value of equity awards) should be performance-based and aligned with long-term value creation.

 

For 2023, 50.0% and 48.0% of the total targeted compensation of our CEO and other NEOs, respectively, was either performance-based or at-risk consisting of short-term incentive and equity awards. For this purpose, we included time-based RSUs because their value is tied to the performance of our stock. Below are charts showing the compensation mix for Mr. Mills and our other NEOs based on their respective 2023 total target compensation values.

 

 

 

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Base Salary

 

The Compensation Committee established the NEOs’ 2023 base salary based on the NEOs’ performance, experience, effective execution of strategic objectives, level of responsibilities and peer group market data. The NEOs’ base salary remained unchanged from 2022.

 

 

Name

2023 Base Salary
$

2022 Base Salary
$

Percentage Change
%

Drake Mills 835,800 835,800
William Wallace, IV 475,000 475,000
M. Lance Hall 600,000 600,000
Derek McGee 475,000 475,000
Preston Moore 475,000 475,000

 

Short-Term Incentive Plan

 

The Short-Term Incentive Plan (“STIP”) for 2023 was designed (i) to motivate executives to attain superior annual performance in key areas we believe create long-term value to Origin and its stockholders and (ii) to provide incentive compensation opportunities competitive with the Compensation Peer Group.

 

The Compensation Committee reviews and approves STIP goals each year with input from management. For 2023, the Compensation Committee approved the following STIP performance measures: (i) financial measures (weighted 75%) which were comprised of four objective performance goals and (ii) individual and strategic scorecard measures (weighted 25%), which were comprised of strategic priorities applicable to each NEO. The financial metrics were more heavily weighted than scorecard metrics to reflect the Company’s focus on profitability, credit quality, and growth.

 

The Compensation Committee establishes a target annual incentive award for each NEO expressed as a percentage of the executive’s base salary, established by factors such as: the estimated contribution and responsibility of the NEO, Peer Group market practices, internal equity and the recommendation of the CEO (for all officers excluding himself).

 

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The 2023 STIP target annual incentive award opportunities as a percentage of base salary for each of the NEOs are shown below.

 

 

  STIP Opportunity Levels as a % of Base Salary
Name/Position Threshold % Target % Maximum %
Drake Mills, CEO 25.0 50.0 75.0
William Wallace, IV, CFO 20.0 40.0 60.0
M. Lance Hall, President 25.0 50.0 75.0
Derek McGee, CLC 25.0 50.0 75.0
Preston Moore, CC & BO 20.0 40.0 60.0

 

The total annual STIP award   paid to each NEO was   determined based   on the extent to which financial goals and scorecard goals were achieved with potential payouts ranging from 50% to 150% of each NEO’s target annual incentive award opportunity. There are no payouts for below-threshold performance. Performance between payout levels (i.e., threshold, target and maximum) is calculated using straight line interpolation.

 

For the 2023 STIP, the Compensation Committee selected the following financial metrics: (i) normalized pre-tax, pre-provision (“PTPP”) ROAA, (ii) normalized net income, (iii) non-performing assets to LHFI excluding Paycheck Protection Program loans (“PPP”), as defined in the STIP and (iv) net charge-offs to average LHFI, excluding PPP, as defined in the STIP. The STIP provides the Committee discretion to adjust the metrics to eliminate the impact of nonrecurring or extraordinary items in an effort to reflect normalized earnings and return on average assets. The adjustments applied by the Committee to reflect normalized earnings and return on average assets are detailed in the table below. These metrics were chosen by the Committee based on their importance to overall financial performance. Individual scorecard objectives were updated in 2023 to reflect each NEO’s strategic priorities.

 

The following table provides the calculations the Compensation Committee used for the 2023 financial STIP metrics.

 

  At or for the year ended December 31, 2023
  Consolidated Company
  (Dollars in Thousands)  
Calculation of normalized net income  
Net Income $ 83,800 
Plus: loss on sale of securities, net 11,635 
Plus: MSR valuation adjustments 4,089 
Less: originations of MSRs (708)
Plus: loss on MSR hedge, net 543 
Less: gain on subordinated indebtedness repurchase (471)

 

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  At or for the year ended December 31, 2023
Consolidated Company
Plus: insurance contingency adjustments 193
Plus: Southeast liftout expense 369
Less: income tax expense on adjusted items (3,271)
Normalized net income 96,179
Calculation of normalized PTPP ROAA  
Normalized net income $    96,179
Plus: provision for credit losses 16,753
Plus: income tax expense 22,123
Plus: income tax expense on adjusted items 3,271
Normalized PTPP earnings  138,326
Divided by total average assets  9,941,020
Normalized PTPP ROAA  1.39%
Calculation of nonperforming assets to LHFI, excluding PPP loans, as defined in STIP (“NPA Ratio”)  
Total nonperforming LHFI  $    30,115
Plus: repossessed assets  3,929
Total nonperforming assets  34,044
LHFI  7,660,944
Less: PPP loans  (1,130)
Plus: repossessed assets  3,929
Total LHFI as defined in STIP 7,663,743

 Nonperforming assets to LHFI, excluding PPP loans, as defined in the STIP

0.44%
Calculation of net charge-offs to average LHFI, excluding PPP Loans, as defined in the STIP(“NCO Ratio”)  
Net charge-offs $ 7,807
Average LHFI 7,442,084
Less: Average PPP loans (1,563)
Adjusted average LHFI 7,440,521

Net charge-offs to average LHFI, excluding PPP loans, as defined in the STIP

0.10%

 

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2023 Financial Measure Achievements (75% of the targeted annual incentive opportunity)

 

Based on 2023 achieved financial results for PTPP ROAA, normalized net income, NPA Ratio and the NCO Ratio, the financial portion of the STIP was achieved at 80% of target. The table below shows achieved performance against each financial measure’s target goal and the resultant percentage of target annual incentive earned.

 

Financial Metrics

 

Weighting

%

 

Threshold
Goal

 

Target Goal

 

Maximum
Goal

 

Achieved
Performance

% of
Target
Annual
Incentive
Earned

Normalized PTPP ROAA

30.0

1.38%

1.73%

2.08%

1.39%

51.6

Normalized Net Income

25.0

$92.1 million

$115.2 million

$138.2 million

$96.2 million

58.8

NPA Ratio

10.0

1.20%

1.00%

0.80%

0.44%

150.0

NCO Ratio

10.0

0.30%

0.25%

0.20%

0.10%

150.0

Financial Achievement:

75.0

       

80.2

 

2023 Executive Scorecard Accomplishments (25% of the target annual incentive opportunity)

 

Based on the Compensation Committee’s determination of each NEO’s achievement against individual scorecard goals, NEOs earned between 128.5% and 150.0% of their respective target annual incentive opportunity.

 

Name

Position

2023 Accomplishments

 

Drake Mills

 

Chairman,
President, and
CEO

    Successfully created a dividend strategy that carefully considers capital deployment, macro banking issues and expectations of investors.

    Successfully converted from the Nasdaq to the NYSE.

    Successfully managed through a challenging year when the industry had multiple bank failures.

    Identified key areas of concern and made critical hires to strengthen our team as we approach the $10B threshold.

    Successfully recruited a talented and experienced lending team and support staff as we expand into the Alabama and Florida markets.

    Worked extensively with our insurance agency management to create and implement a strong succession plan and talent retention model; rebranded the agency as Forth Insurance in order to create unified brand recognition across markets, gain greater efficiency and enhance future growth opportunities.

    Continued to drive employee engagement and retention. Origin received recognition throughout our markets and nationally as a top workplace. In addition, employee engagement survey scores continue to rank in the top 10% of all Glint survey customers.

Weighted Scorecard Achievement

•   37.5%

 

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Name

Position

2023 Accomplishments

William Wallace, IV

Senior Executive
Officer and Chief
Financial Officer

    Performed a comprehensive analysis of Origin’s financial strengths, weaknesses and opportunities compared to peers; used this information to introduce updated short and long-term financial goals based on a combination of growth and ROA targets.

    Worked closely with accounting team to analyze multiple scenarios in order to optimize the balance sheet in a tumultuous environment. Transactions made enabled improvements to Net Interest Margin (“NIM”) and Earnings Per Share (“EPS”).

    Conducted market/segment profitability analysis which allows management to better monitor segment profit contribution and provides key data for strategic decisions

    Worked closely with executive leadership and the Accounting team to manage liquidity and ensure we were able to operate in accordance with our strategic objectives.

    Greatly enhanced our Treasury capabilities through the hiring of a Treasurer with extensive knowledge of asset/liability modeling, loan/ deposit pricing, liquidity stress testing and capital planning.

    Worked closely with the Accounting team to bring our asset/liability management in-house, allowing for better insights and the ability to more closely forecast Net Interest Income, NIM, liquidity and interest rate risk.

Weighted Scorecard Achievement

•   32.1%

Name

Position

2023 Accomplishments

M. Lance Hall

President and
CEO of Origin
Bank

    Delivered value by maintaining a focus on technology and analytics: multiple enhancements were made to data analytics and robotics capabilities, allowing management to view multiple sources of data in a much more meaningful way; eliminated more than 6,000 hours of manual work; also enhanced chat and call center solutions, further enhancing our customer experience.

    Acquired trademark rights and successfully launched a new consolidated brand for Forth Insurance, which will generate greater efficiency and set the stage for future growth.

    Launched our first ever Culture Month during March. This hugely successful initiative focused on celebrating our amazing and unique culture and employees.

    Successfully recruited a talented and experienced lending team and support staff to expand into the Alabama and Florida markets.

    Approved and helped oversee the creation of the Credit Development Program, which will provide a pipeline of experienced talent for our lending and credit teams.

Weighted Scorecard Achievement

•   32.5%

 

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Name

Position

2023 Accomplishments

Derek McGee

 

Senior
Executive
Officer and
Chief Legal
Counsel

    Conducted comprehensive legal reviews of vendor contracts and developed a comprehensive vendor contract toolkit based on requirements of Interagency Guidance issued in 2023.

    Negotiated multiple strategic investments by the Company and oversaw legal documentation and regulatory approvals for the Company’s repurchase and redemption of subordinated indebtedness.

    Completely revamped policies and procedures relating to subpoenas, garnishments and legal process and oversaw implementation of legal process tracking software.

    Coordinated all legal documentation and filings in association with the rebranding of the Company’s insurance agency, Forth Insurance, LLC.

    Managed NYSE listing application and related filings and oversaw revisions to the Company’s governing documents and committee charters to reflect the Company’s NYSE listing in 2023.

Weighted Scorecard Achievement

•   32.8%

Name

Position

2023 Accomplishments

Preston Moore

Senior
Executive
Officer and
Chief Credit and
Banking Officer

    Created and rolled out a comprehensive Credit Development Program.

    Implemented new credit memo and financial workbook for credit underwriting.

    Conducted quarterly reviews with lenders and credit departments on credit issues, trends and emerging risk.

    Worked closely with Risk Management to enhance our strategy regarding client selection and retention based on current economic factors.

Weighted Scorecard Achievement

•   32.5%

 

The 2023 STIP cash incentive final payout amounts for each of the NEOs are shown below. STIP bonus payments are subject to our Clawback Policy (which is discussed on page 63 of this proxy statement) if certain triggering events occur.

 

Name/Position

Financial
Factor
(75%)

%

Individual
Scorecard
(25%)

%

Combined
Financial
Factor and
Individual

Actual Bonus
Earned

$

Drake Mills, CEO 80.2 150.0 97.7 408,158
William Wallace, IV, CFO 80.2 128.5 92.3 175,358
M. Lance Hall, President 80.2 130.0 92.7 278,006
Derek McGee, CLC 80.2 131.0 92.9 220,682
Preston Moore, CC & BO 80.2 130.0 92.7 176,071

 

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