First Financial Named Top New Lender of the Year

July 21, 2011

CINCINNATI – July 21, 2011 – First Financial Bank was recently named the 2010 Top New Lender of the Year by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

“We’re proud to be recognized by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency as a dependable community partner,” said Ed Hensley, First Vice President, Mortgage Lending Manager. “As the housing market continues to turn around, it’s important for local residents to feel confident as they take another step toward home ownership. We’re proud to provide smart lending solutions that fit our clients’ needs and plans for the future.”

The state award is based on First Financial’s emerging loan growth as a partner with the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. In its first year in the program, First Financial was named as the fastest-growing lender in the state for residential mortgage loans.

"The Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s lending partners are a vital component to the great work that OHFA does in providing our First-Time Homebuyer programs throughout the state,” said Doug Garver, Executive Director of the Agency. “We were pleased to recognize First Financial Bank of Greater Cincinnati last week as the ‘Highest Producing New Lender in 2010’ at our Lender Awards Luncheon in Columbus, and we look forward to working with their experienced mortgage management team.”

First Financial Bank was honored during OHFA’s luncheon on Thursday, July 14 in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about First Financial’s mortgage lending solutions, visit www.bankatfirst.com, call (877) 322-9530 or connect with First Financial on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FirstFinancialBank.