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First Financial Enters Fort Wayne Market

""First Financial Bancorp"":https://www.bankatfirst.com/ is now serving the Fort Wayne, Indiana, market following the company's hiring of commercial and residential mortgage teams in the area.

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""We are thrilled to have these two high-performing teams join First Financial,"" said Claude Davis, president and CEO. ""As one of the larger markets in Indiana, entering Fort Wayne has been a strategic priority for us and the addition of both commercial and residential mortgage teams with excellent client relationships will provide another catalyst for further loan and revenue growth.""

The bank's residential mortgage team, led by mortgage sales manager Brock Rauch, will consist of four additional originators averaging more than 18 years of experience. [COLUMN_BREAK]

In addition to leading the team, Rauch will also head up First Financial's E-Channel mortgage origination platform.

""Partnering with First Financial is a great opportunity and strong cultural fit for our mortgage team. First Financial's expanded set of residential mortgage products and enhanced resources will allow us to provide a greater number of mortgage solutions to existing and prospective homeowners in the greater Fort Wayne area,"" Rauch commented.

The six-person commercial team will be led by Robert Slusser, First Financial's Fort Wayne market president, who has 25 years of banking industry experience. The commercial team also includes four relationship managers who have all worked in Fort Wayne for their entire banking careers.

Speaking about his team, Slusser said, ""We are excited to be joining First Financial, one of the largest community banks serving Indiana and an organization with a strong commitment to client service. We will be able to deliver a wider range of financing alternatives to Fort Wayne area businesses combined with local decision making capabilities and a high level of personalized service.""

According to a release, the bank expects to add its full line of consumer products and services in Fort Wayne over the course of the year.

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