The author

Russell Hoadley joined Hibernia Corporation in 1993 as a member of its executive team, responsible for marketing and public relations.  A year later human resources and other functions were added to his responsibilities.

In 2003, he was named chief public affairs officer, over internal and external communications, philanthropy and government relations, among other things.

Hoadley retired in 2006 when Hibernia merged with Capital One.  At the time, the company had assets of $22-billion and 300-plus offices.

During the 1980s, Hoadley was director of corporate communications at Barnett Banks, a $40-billion asset, 600-office company, then the largest bank in Florida.  It was purchased by Bank of America in 1998.

In the 1970s, he was a writer and city editor for the Daytona Beach News-Journal newspapers.  His first job after graduating from Boston University in the mid-60s was teaching high school English, journalism and history in his hometown, Daytona Beach.  Hoadley is married to Mary Anne Rigall Wallace.  They each have two adult children by previous marriages.

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  1. Brilliant work. Thanks for the hard work it took to write this story. You should have it published. It brought many tears to my eyes reading all that took place in the very first day and days after the storm. Many thanks for this history of Hibernia/Katrina/Capital One. Take care,

    • John, Thanks for your very kind remarks. I looked into various forms of publishing and decided this would suit the story best, make it available in an open way to everyone.

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