Argent Financial Group was presented with the inaugural Growth Leader Legend award by Louisiana Economic Development at the 2022 Spotlight Louisiana event.

Ten companies were selected as the 2022 Louisiana Growth Leaders by a statewide panel of economic development professionals, considering the company’s growth, strategy, innovation, philanthropy and leadership. Within the Louisiana Growth Leaders, the Growth Leader Legend award is regarded as the highest honor. This award celebrates past leaders who have exemplified continued success. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards was present at the Spotlight Louisiana event to offer his congratulations.

“From manufacturing to financial services, each of our 2022 Louisiana Growth Leaders and the inaugural Legend awardee have succeeded in bringing great products and services to the marketplace,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “The companies being recognized have persevered through challenges, capitalized on opportunities, and represent some of the best of what Louisiana has to offer. I look forward to their continued success.”

Argent was honored with the Growth Leader Legend award for its vision, execution and results, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well at its commitment to philanthropy.

“An early investor in Argent once encouraged us, ‘There may be a limit of what we can do in Ruston, but there is no limit to what we can do from Ruston,’” Argent Founder and CEO Kyle McDonald said. “Thirty-two years later, Argent is still headquartered in Ruston and boasts over 310 employees in 30 markets across 12 states, managing more than $39 billion of our clients’ assets. We are proud of our history and growth, and we are humbled to be the inaugural recipient of the Louisiana Growth Leader Legend award.”

Since its founding in 1990, Argent Financial Group has become a leading independent financial wealth management firm providing a wide variety of services, including trusts and estate planning, investment management, oil and gas mineral management, corporate trustee and custody, retirement plan administration and consulting, ESOPs, funeral and cemetery trusts.

About Argent Financial Group 

Argent Financial Group (Argent) is a leading, independent, fiduciary wealth management firm. Responsible for more than $39 billion in client assets, Argent provides individuals, families, businesses and institutions with a broad range of wealth management services, including trust and estate planning, investment management, retirement plan consulting, ESOPs, funeral and cemetery trusts, charitable organization administration, oil and gas (mineral) management and other unique financial services. Headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana, Argent was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930. For more information, visit

About Louisiana Economic Development

Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy. In 2021, LED attracted 64 new economic development projects representing over 18,100 new direct and indirect jobs, 9,700 retained jobs and more than $20.5 billion in new capital investment. Learn more at Explore how LED cultivates jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana and promotes business opportunity for employers of all sizes at

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