In honor of National Love a Tree Day we are sharing our Lafayette live oak survivor story.

Advancial served members in the Lafayette area for a number of years, but finally took formal roots with our first branch in 1985. We relocated to 306 E. Kaliste Saloom Road in 2006 and, after much success, a second location opened in South Lafayette in 2012. Acadiana is the foundation of Advancial’s business in Louisiana and we’ve made a name for ourselves in the community, being voted Best Bank in the Times of Acadiana Best of 2018 and being nominated in 2019.

When Advancial began strengthening our roots in Lafayette in 2005 and started the process of building our new branch, part of the lot we chose was already occupied by a large live oak tree estimated to be 288 years old. An arborist was called out to examine the condition of the tree and reported that the tree was sick and would be dead in a couple of years if left alone. Despite the tree’s grim prognosis, cutting it down didn’t sit well with the local Advancial team. With commitment to community and business strategy in mind, Advancial saw no reason to cut the tree down immediately.  

Fast forward to 2019 and not only is the oak still standing, but it is alive and well! It provides a fitting metaphor because much like Lafayette, this beautiful tree carries its long and rich history into the future, thriving and growing stronger every year.