After graduating from Malakoff High School in 1996, Jason began working at the Malakoff Branch location of First State Bank. While working for the bank, he attended Trinity Valley Community College before heading off to continue his education at Stephen F. Austin State University. He completed his bachelor's degree in Business Administration of SFA in 2000.
Jason began his banking career at Commercial Bank of Texas, N.A. in Nacogdoches and subsequently moved to the Lufkin branch where he served as the Assistant Branch Manager. From there, Jason went to work for First State Bank, Frankston as their Vice President and Controller.
In February, 2008 Jason Hayes became a permanent member of the First State Bank, Athens team where he currently serves as Vice President and Controller.
An avid guitarist, Jason is very active in his local church in the youth and music ministries.
Jason and his wife Heather live in Malakoff, Texas with their two daughters Ellee , Brooklee and son Jack.