Paul Callais (MBA '93), president and CEO of United Community Bank in Gonzalez, La., died on July 25, 2008, as a result of a tragic boating accident. Callais, 39, is believed to have fallen off the deck of his 97-foot boat, Miss Glo, during rough seas off the Bahamas.
During his tenure, Callais grew United Community Bank from two locations and $40 million in assets to seven locations and $127 million in assets. In 2002, Callais was named as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" by the Baton Rouge Business Report, and in 2006, United Community Bank was named one of the top performing community banks in the country by the Independent Community Bankers Association.
A well-known and respected civic leader, Callais was active in the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ascension Chamber, the Lockport Lions Club, the Gonzalez Rotary Club, the Golden Meadow Rotary Club, the Boy Scouts of America, and Knights of Columbus.
Callais earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and also was a graduate of the Louisiana School of Banking, a program of the Louisiana Bankers Association and the LSU Graduate School of Banking.
Callais had deep ties to Tulane University and the Freeman School. His late brother Peter W. Callais, his uncle C. Thomas Bienvenu Jr., and his cousins Camille Bienvenu Poche, Bennette Bienvenu, Claire Bienvenu, and Claudette Bienvenu are all Tulane alumni.
The Callais family have been members of the Tulane Family Business Center since 1994, and own various businesses under the umbrella of The Callais Companies. Paul, the youngest of four boys, was born into the family business and had a strong sense of commitment to both family and business.
"After God, Paul loved his family and the business," said Gloria Callais, his mother. "He was a strong advocate of the Tulane Family Business Center. It was important to Paul that we maintained a healthy family and business relationship that would last for generations to come."
Callais was also active with the Levy-Rosenblum Institute and served as a founding member of the Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs, which was established to advise students interested in entrepreneurship.
Callais is survived by his wife, Danielle LeBlanc Callais, and their three children, Christopher, Claire and Caitlyn. Callais is also survived by his mother, Gloria Bienvenu Callais, and two brothers, Corey and Michael. Paul was preceded in death by his father, Harold J. Callais.
Last Updated 11/19/08