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First Financial names Butler-Warren president

Staff Writer
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Butler and Warren counties are being formed into a new, separate market for operations of First Financial Bank, the company announced Tuesday.

First Financial also named Larry Mulligan Jr. the first president of the new Butler-Warren market, reporting to the bank’s Greater Cincinnati President Paul Silva.

As market president, Mulligan will oversee First Financial’s lending, deposit, and wealth relationships in the two-county region, leading efforts to grow customer business and attract new clients. He will coordinate with leaders of the bank’s commercial, consumer, mortgage and wealth lines of business, according to the Cincinnati-based bank.

Mulligan, a lifelong resident of Middletown, began his career with First Financial in 1990. He will transition to the role of president over Butler-Warren from his current position as chief of staff for First Financial CEO Claude Davis, handling various strategic and corporate development issues.

Mulligan has also served as mayor of Middletown since 2008.

Creating a Butler-Warren county market separate from Cincinnati and Dayton “reaffirms” First Financial’s commitment to Fairfield, Hamilton, Middletown, Mason and other communities located between the cities along Interstate 75, Mulligan said.

“The growth opportunities in Butler and Warren counties are going to be unique and different than what’s happening in the Dayton metro area and the Cincinnati metro area,” Mulligan said.

“We want to have decision making close to our clients,” he said. “It allows a better awareness of what’s going on in the market and allows the bank to be involved in the communities, and be responsive to the needs of the communities and businesses in Butler and Warren counties.”

This year First Financial is celebrating 150 years since its founding in Hamilton in 1863. It is the largest bank by deposits held in Butler County.

“Butler Warren is a key market and very important to us. It’s where the bank began 150 years ago and we’re deeply rooted there. We believe it’s better served by a local dedicated market president like Larry who knows the region, lives in the community and will continue supporting its growth,” Claude Davis, chief executive officer and chairman of First Financial, said in a statement. “We believe having dedicated local leadership is a win-win-win for our clients, the community and the bank.”

Earlier this year, new market presidents were also named in charge of commercial lending in the Dayton and Greater Cincinnati territories. Dan Kane now leads efforts in the Dayton area; and Paul Silva now leads loan officers in Cincinnati.

First Financial, with $6.3 billion in assets, is the eighth largest bank by deposits in the Dayton metropolitan, and fifth largest in the Cincinnati metro, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

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