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Claude E. DavisChief Executive Officer
Claude joined First Financial as CEO in 2004. Under his leadership, the Bank has grown and entered new markets including Dayton and Columbus, Ohio; as well as Indianapolis.
Anthony M. StollingsPresident & Chief Banking Officer
Tony is currently Chief Banking Officer and leads collaboration and the daily support of the commercial & private banking, wealth management, retail banking, commercial real estate and mortgage business lines. Previously Tony was President and Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for critical support functions including finance, legal, risk, compliance, information technology, operations and facilities.
Brad RingwaldCommunity Banking President
Brad currently serves as the Community Banking President. He oversees the Bank's development efforts for consumer, commercial, and wealth management teams and work closely with local market leadership.
Mandy NeeleyChief Marketing and Strategy Officer
Mandy has been with First Financial Bank since 2003 and she oversees all marketing and public relations activities and our digital strategy in addition to leading the identification and development of strategic focus areas for the bank.
John GaviganChief Financial Officer
John is currently Chief Financial Officer of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank. He is responsible for the finance, accounting, treasury and investor relations and recently expanded his role to include information technology, talent management, facilities and our program management office.
Rick DennenPresident of Commercial Finance
Rick oversees First Financial's national lending business: First Franchise Capital and Oak Street Funding. First Franchise Capital provides numerous financial solutions for quick-service restaurant franchisees, while Oak Street Funding provides funding, lending, and servicing to insurance agents, brokers, registered investment advisers and certified public accountants.
Paul SilvaPresident of Investment Commercial Real Estate
Paul is responsible to further position the Company to invest in its commercial real estate clients, while focusing on growth, execution and risk management in this area.
Roddell McCulloughSVP, Director of Community Development
Roddell is responsible for leading First Financial’s Community Development strategy. First Financial prides itself in helping communities grow while providing affordable and easy-to-use banking services for its individual and small business clients.
Bill HarrodChief Credit Officer
William R. Harrod presently holds the position of Chief Credit Officer of First Financial Bank. Mr. Harrod is responsible for managing & monitoring the loan portfolio & other related credit functions in a risk appropriate manner including underwriting, approval, & collections. Mr. Harrod first joined the Bank in 2015 and has held various credit and management positions since then in specialty banking, corporate banking, commercial and industrial lending, and commercial finance.
The National Banking Act was passed by Congress and it paved the way for a more consistent National Banking System - even in the midst of the Civil War.
Our bank opened in Hamilton, Ohio, as First National Bank of Hamilton on August 15, 1863 with a strong commitment to putting our clients first and helping them achieve financial and life goals. The office was located in a room at 239 High Street.
First National Bank of Hamilton is one of the first banks to organize under the new National Bank Act with Charter No. 56 – which gives us the distinction today as being the 6th oldest national bank in the United States.
A year later, the bank moved down the street to the Hamilton House block at the northwest corner of Second and High Streets in Hamilton.
We moved into the corner of this building at Third and High Streets in Hamilton.
This was our home for 36 years, until the building was razed in 1928 and operations moved temporarily to an office building on N. Third Street.
1923FIRST NATIONAL BANK AND TRUST COMPANY OF HAMILTON
In May, the bank’s name was changed to The First National Bank and Trust Company of Hamilton when the Trust Division was created.
The trust department was established when federal banking laws were amended to permit banks to act as executors, receivers for insolvent business houses, managers of real estate and negotiators of securities.
1930PROUD TO SERVE HAMILTON
August 30th is the day we opened our doors to clients at our new eight-story building on the corner of Third and High Streets in Hamilton.
According to records, construction of the new building was completed at a “cost not to exceed $550,000.”
1935FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF HAMILTON BANKNOTES
First National Bank of Hamilton issued its own currency in the form of national bank notes.
These notes are still considered legal tender and the remaining bills are prized by collectors. A few are even on display at the bank!
1938CELEBRATING 75 YEARS
Happy 75th Birthday!
We didn’t want to just celebrate our birthday, in honor of this milestone; we celebrated with others who were born in 1863.
1963CELEBRATING 100 YEARS
It’s the 100th anniversary of the passage of the National Bank Act and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of First National Bank of Hamilton.
In honor of the yearlong celebration we offered to deposit $10 into a bank account to the first 100 babies born in Hamilton and Oxford hospitals.
1980FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SOUTHWESTERN OHIO
First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio was formed in July, by the consolidation of The First National Bank and Trust Company of Hamilton and First National Bank of Middletown.
The merger combined the solid foundations both banks built from making numerous acquisitions of smaller financial institutions in Hamilton, Middletown, Monroe, Oxford and Seven Mile in Ohio.
1983FIRST FINANCIAL BANCORP
First Financial Bancorp, a holding company, was formed. First Financial Bancorp started as a $2.6 billion company with 15 affiliates operating 106 banking centers in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.
2000FIRST SOUTHWESTERN MERGES WITH HOME FEDERAL BANK
First Southwestern continued to grow, expanding with several banks and offices in Camden, Lewisburg, Mason and Landen, operating full-service retail banking centers in Butler, Preble, Warren, and Hamilton counties as well as within local retirement communities.
In July, First Southwestern merged operations with Home Federal Bank, a sister affiliate of First Financial Bancorp.
This merger solidified the market share First Southwestern enjoyed within many major cities of Butler County, Ohio.
2002FIRST FINANCIAL BANCORP
In July, a consolidation of First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio and Hebron Deposit Bank occurred.
Hebron, again, was another sister affiliate of First Financial Bancorp. The merged entity became First Financial Bank, a regional bank serving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
2004WELCOME, CLAUDE DAVIS
Claude E. Davis is the new president and chief executive officer.
Under his direction, a new era begins. After studying the company’s culture and history, in 2005, he introduced a new strategic plan outlining the bank’s mission, vision and growth strategy.
2006ANOTHER STEP ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS
All regions are now unified under one name, First Financial Bank, with a new logo, a new client-centered brand and a new tagline of “another step on the path to success.”
Along with new brand standards, First Financial adopted a consistent approach to products, facilities, and client service expectations.
As the company grew, a new market was established in Dayton, Ohio. At the end of 2006, assets were $3.3 billion.
2007WELCOME, TO OUR NEW BANKING CENTER
A new banking center prototype is developed. This new banking center fully incorporates the new brand and client experience.
Corporate headquarters were moved from Hamilton, Ohio to a new space just north of Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
2008WELCOME, TO INDIANAPOLIS
First Financial expands its footprint with the addition of Indianapolis, Indiana as a new market.
The first prototype banking center opened in Crown Point, Indiana.
Also, as growth continues, a new banking center and office complex are opened in Kettering, Ohio.
More prototype banking centers are opened in Madeira and St. Marys, Ohio and Edgewood, Kentucky.
Growth by acquisition added 30 more banking centers in our core operating markets of Greater Cincinnati and Central Indiana.
Corporate headquarters relocated to a temporary space in Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
The bank maintained high capital ratios that ranked among industry leaders.
Plans were announced for a new regional hub in Columbus, Indiana.
New prototype banking centers are opened in Shelbyville, Indiana and Indianapolis, Indiana.
Our business model is realigned from a regional approach to strategic business lines – commercial, retail/small business and wealth management.
2011NEW CORPORATE OFFICES OPEN
Our Corporate Headquarters officially moved to 255 E. Fifth Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. The building is renamed First Financial Center.
Our new Corporate Administration Center in Springdale, Ohio opened. This new office provides working space for 400 associates from various disciplines across our footprint.
New prototype banking centers opened in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and on the main floor inside our Corporate Administration Center.
Acquisitions expanded our banking center presence in Greater Dayton, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana and other key areas in Indiana.
Clients can now enjoy banking on the go with the launch of our new mobile banking app and new money management tools including Ping Pay and Panorama.
Six new prototype banking centers opened in Anderson, Kenwood, Montgomery and downtown Cincinnati in Ohio, Hessville in NW Indiana and Columbus in southern Indiana.
A new associate training and development center was also opened at our Downtown Hamilton, Ohio office.
2013CELEBRATING 150 YEARS
Happy 150th Birthday!
It’s a year of celebration as we said, "Thank You", to our clients, associates, shareholders and the communities we serve.
As the 6th oldest national bank in the United States, we’re proud to serve our clients today and tomorrow, on their path to success.
2014WELCOME, TO COLUMBUS
Our footprint continued to expand into Central Ohio as a new market is established in Columbus.
Five banking centers are opened in Bexley, Westerville, Worthington, and Upper Arlington.
201525 YEARS OF SUCCESS
At the end of the third quarter, First Financial hit a major milestone, 100 quarters, or 25 years, of consecutive profitability. It’s because of our clients, associates and community involvement and support that this was possible.
Also, a new regional hub and downtown banking center opened in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The banking center is located on the first floor of the newly named First Financial Center at the Anthony Wayne Building, across the street from the historic Allen County Courthouse in Downtown Fort Wayne. In addition to the first-floor banking center, the sixth floor houses local leadership, commercial and mortgage teams.
A new prototype banking center was also opened in Bloomington, Indiana and, the first prototype banking center opened in the Indianapolis, Indiana market in Avon.
First Financial Bancorp and MainSource Financial Group announced their agreement to form a new, preeminent community bank in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
The merger combines two high-performing Midwest community banks to create a $13 billion institution with scale and strength in commercial and retail banking, wealth management and specialty finance. The companies’ mutual understanding of markets, shared credit culture and common banking approach create an excellent fit for both organizations.
Claude E Davis will transition into the role of Executive Chairman and Archie M. Brown, Jr. will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the merged entity at the close of the merger.
The new combined company will operate as First Financial Bank and will be headquartered in Cincinnati, OH.
First Financial Bank has been in the business of client service and success for 150 years.
With more than 100 banking centers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, we combine world-class financial expertise with personal community service that builds lifelong relationships.
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