Corporate Profile
Market Summary
NASDAQ - FFBC
$ 19.50
Market Cap ($M):
1,206.17
Change:
$0.07 - 0.36%
Volume:
160,610
As of April 29, 2016
Annual Meeting of Shareholders
Webcast
contact Information
First Financial Bancorp.
255 East Fifth Street, Suite 700
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(877) 322-9530

Investor Relations Contact
John Gavigan
Chief Financial Officer
(513) 887-5400
InvestorRelations@bankatfirst.com

Transfer Agent
Computershare Shareholder Services
P.O. Box 30170
College Station, TX 77842-3170
(800) 368-5948

Materials for the May 24, 2016 Meeting

About First Financial Bancorp

First Financial Bancorp is a Cincinnati, Ohio based bank holding company. As of March 31, 2016, the Company had $8.2 billion in assets, $5.5 billion in loans, $6.2 billion in deposits and $826.6 million in shareholders’ equity. The Company’s subsidiary, First Financial Bank, N.A., founded in 1863, provides banking and financial services products through its five lines of business: commercial, consumer, wealth management, specialty finance and mortgage. The commercial, consumer, specialty finance and mortgage units provide traditional banking services to business and retail clients. First Financial Wealth Management provides wealth planning, portfolio management, trust and estate, brokerage and retirement plan services and had approximately $2.3 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2016. The Company’s strategic operating markets are located in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky where it operates 101 banking centers. Additional information about the Company, including its products, services and banking locations is available at www.bankatfirst.com.



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Officers & Directors

Executive Management

Claude E. Davis
Chief Executive Officer
Claude Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of both First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank, positions he has held since October 1, 2004. He also serves as a director of First Financial Bancorp and as the Chairman of the Board of First Financial Bank. Mr. Davis has over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Mr. Davis was elected to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in 2013 and has served on its Executive Committee and Audit Review Committee since January 2014. Beginning January 1, 2016, he is the chair of the board’s Audit Review Committee for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Mr. Davis also serves as a member of the Cincinnati Business Committee and the American Banker’s Council.
Richard S. Barbercheck
Chief Credit Officer
Richard Barbercheck is the Chief Credit Officer of First Financial Bank, a position he has held since July 2006. He first joined First Financial in 2005 as the Chief Risk Officer. Mr. Barbercheck is responsible for the administration of the bank’s lending portfolios as well as oversight of the Company’s credit policies and loan underwriting processes. Mr. Barbercheck has over 34 years of banking experience with a predominance of experience in the commercial lending and credit administration areas.
Richard S. Dennen
President of Oak Street Funding, LLC
Rick Dennen is the President of Oak Street Funding, LLC. Mr. Dennen founded Oak Street Funding, LLC in 2003 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer through the purchase of the company by the Bank in August 2015. Before founding Oak Street, Mr. Dennen was a partner of a venture capital firm, while serving as the CFO and Board Member for one of the fund’s investment companies. He was also a Senior Manager at Big Four accounting firm providing consulting to financial services and manufacturing companies. A certified public accountant, Mr. Dennen earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He is an adjunct professor at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business where he teaches venture capital and entrepreneurial finance. He is also a graduate of the Ardath Burkhart Board Leadership Series and a licensed Life & Health insurance agent.
Holly M. Foster
Chief Compliance Officer
Holly Foster is the Chief Compliance Officer of both First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank, positions she has held since December 2014. Before her current role, she served as the Chief Risk Officer for each of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank from February 2013 until December 2014. Ms. Foster served as the Operational Risk Director from 2010 until 2013 and the Compliance Officer and Regulatory Risk Manager from 2006 until 2010. She has been employed with the company since 1999.
John M. Gavigan
Chief Financial Officer
John Gavigan is the Chief Financial Officer of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank, positions he has held since December 2014. He is responsible for the Company’s Finance, Accounting, Treasury and Investor Relations areas. He previously served as Corporate Controller from 2011 through 2014 and as Assistant Controller from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Manager of Business Risk Consulting for Protiviti Inc. Mr. Gavigan graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and is a certified public accountant (inactive).
Gregory A. Harris
Senior Vice President for First Financial Wealth Management
Greg Harris is the Senior Vice President for First Financial Wealth Management. Mr. Harris leads the group which serves the Bank’s Trust and Wealth Management business. Mr. Harris joined the Bank in 2009 as the First Vice President of the Wealth Management group. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining First Financial, he served as the Vice President of Administration for Touchstone Investments. Earlier in his career, Mr. Harris served as the Managing Director of Fund Project Services, Inc., a financial project management and consulting firm he co-founded in 1998. Mr. Harris graduated from Miami University with a degree in Finance and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University.
Shannon M. Kuhl
Chief Legal Officer
Shannon Kuhl is the Chief Legal Officer of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank, a position she has held since November 2013. She served as Chief Bank Counsel from August 2013 until November 2013. Ms. Kuhl served as Associate General Counsel from her hire in 2006 until August 2013.
C. Douglas Lefferson
President Community Banking
Doug Lefferson presently holds the position of President, Community Banking of First Financial Bank. Mr. Lefferson oversees the Bank's development efforts for the consumer and commercial teams and works closely with local leadership teams to develop the strategy in each community the Bank serves across its three-state footprint of Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Prior to his current role, Mr. Lefferson has held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lefferson is also a board member for REDI Cincinnati, the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati and the Reds Hall of Fame. Mr. Lefferson joined First Financial in 1986.
Alisa E. Poe
Chief Talent Officer
Alisa Poe presently holds the position of Chief Talent Officer of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank, to which she was appointed in April 2010. She also held the position of Chief of Staff of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank from January 2014 to September 2015. Ms. Poe joined the company in September 2009 as Chief Human Resources Officer. Ms. Poe has over 26 years of experience in the human resources profession.
Bradley J. Ringwald
President of Specialty Banking
Mr. Ringwald is President of Corporate and Specialty Banking of First Financial Bank, a position he has held since February 2016. He is responsible for managing the Bank’s corporate banking products and specialty banking area, which offers deep expertise in asset based lending, structured cash flow lending, equipment finance, and franchise finance. Mr. Ringwald first joined the Bank in 2006 and has held various executive and management positions since then in specialty banking, corporate banking, commercial and industrial lending, and special assets. Mr. Ringwald has over 20 years of commercial banking experience and is a certified public accountant (inactive).
William J. Sorg
Chief Risk Officer
William “Skip” Sorg is the Chief Risk Officer of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank, a position he has held since December 2014. He previously served as the First Vice President of Financial Planning and Balance Sheet Management from April 2013 through November 2014. Mr. Sorg joined First Financial in October 2009 as the Vice President of Asset Liability Management, a position he held through March 2013. He has 13 years of experience in the financial services industry in addition to serving as a commissioned officer in the US Army for five years. He is an active volunteer with the Boys Scouts of America and West Point Society of Cincinnati.
Jill A. Stanton
President of Mortgage Banking
Jill Stanton presently serves as President, Mortgage Banking, a position she has held since September 2013. She previously served as the Co-Chief Retail Banking Officer from June 2010 until September 2013. Ms. Stanton joined First Financial as the Senior Vice President of Retail and Small Business Lending in 2008. Ms. Stanton has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Anthony M. Stollings
President & Chief Operating Officer
Anthony Stollings presently holds the title of President and Chief Operating Officer of First Financial Bancorp and Chief Operating Officer of First Financial Bank following his appointment to these positions in December 2014. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of each of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank from January 2013 through November 2014. Mr. Stollings also served as the Chief Risk Officer of each of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank from September 2011 through January 2013. Mr. Stollings served as the Chief Accounting Officer of each of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank from his hire in December 2006 until September 2011. He has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Board of Directors

Murph Knapke
Chairman
Mr. Knapke is a partner of Knapke Law Office (Celina, Ohio). He has served on the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp since 1983, and has held the position of Chairman since 2009.
J. Wickliffe Ach
Vice Chairman
Mr. Ach is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hixson Inc. located in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been a director of First Financial Bancorp since 2007 and presently serves as Vice Chair.

Mr. Ach serves on the board of directors of Hixson Inc. and Setzer Corp. (a private construction contractor located in Dayton, Ohio). He is active in several civic and community organizations, and currently serves on the board of directors of the CISE Foundation, a Cincinnati not-for-profit organization.
David S. Barker
Mr. Barker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SIHO Insurance Services, (Columbus, Indiana). He has served on the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp since 2010. He has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.

He is active in many civic and community endeavors, including serving as current Chairman of the Indiana University Purdue University Columbus Board of Advisors, a Board member of the Heritage Fund Community Foundation, and a member of the Indiana University Advisory Board for Psychological & Brain Sciences School of Neurology. Mr. Barker has been a Board member and past Chairman of the Columbus Area Economic Growth Council, the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way, as well as serving as a board member of the Riley’s Children’s Foundation (Columbus Leadership Team).
Cynthia O. Booth
Ms. Booth is the President and Chief Executive Officer of COBCO Enterprises, LLC, which owns six McDonald's restaurants in the Cincinnati area. She has served on the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp since 2010.

Prior to forming COBCO Enterprises, Ms. Booth held various executive positions at Firstar Bank (now U.S. Bank) in Cincinnati.

She is active in several civic and community organizations, including serving as a director and the treasurer of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce and as a director of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati.
Mark A. Collar
Mr. Collar is the owner and operator of Collar Ltd. (Cincinnati, Ohio). He has served on the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp since 2009.

Mr. Collar previously held numerous executive positions within The Procter & Gamble Website Company during his 32 year tenure with the company. He is active in several civic and community organizations, and presently serves on the board of directors of Atricure, Inc., Enable Injections, LLC, FOCUS, Ohio Third Frontier Advisory Board, and BioOhio.
Claude E. Davis
Claude Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of both First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank, positions he has held since October 1, 2004. He also serves as a director of First Financial Bancorp and as the Chairman of the Board of First Financial Bank. Mr. Davis has over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Mr. Davis was elected to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in 2013 and has served on its Executive Committee and Audit Review Committee since January 2014. Beginning January 1, 2016, he is the chair of the board’s Audit Review Committee for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Mr. Davis also serves as a member of the Cincinnati Business Committee and the American Banker’s Council.
Corinne R. Finnerty
Ms. Finnerty is the principal and sole shareholder of the law firm of McConnell Finnerty PC located in North Vernon, Indiana. She has over 30 years of experience representing financial institutions in a wide variety of legal matters. Ms. Finnerty was previously a director of a former affiliate bank of First Financial from 1987 to 2005 and joined the board of the Company in 1998.

Ms. Finnerty served as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission from 2003 to 2013.
Peter E. Geier
Mr. Geier is principal of PGeier Consulting, LLC, a business consulting firm. As of April 1, 2016, he is a Senior Lecturer at the Fisher College of Business, Department of Management Science at The Ohio State University. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Ohio State University Health System and the Chief Operating Officer of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center from 2001 to 2015. He has served on the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp since 2014.

Mr. Geier presently serves on the board of Santa Rosa Consulting, a for-profit consulting firm, as well as serving previously on the board of the Ronald McDonald House and the boards of the following not-for-profit hospitals: University Hospital, Ross Heart Hospital, Harding Hospital, James Cancer Hospital, The Ohio State University Hospital East, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and Children Hospital.
Susan L. Knust
Ms. Knust is the owner and managing member of K.P. Properties of Ohio, K.P. Properties of Colorado, and K.P. Properties of Florida and the owner and managing member/president of Omega Warehouse Services Monroe, Ohio). She has served on the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp since 2005.
William J. Kramer
Mr. Kramer is the Vice President of Operations of Valco Companies, Inc. (Coldwater, Ohio). He has served on the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp since 2005. He was also a director of a former affiliate bank of First Financial from 1987 to 2005.
Jeffrey D. Meyer
Mr. Meyer is owner and President of Clean Title Agency, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio). He is also a part owner/operator of three other title agencies in central Ohio: Columbia Title Agency, Leadership Title Agency, and Win Title Agency. He has served on the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp since 2014.

Mr. Meyer was a founder and director of The First Bexley Bank in Columbus, Ohio, which was acquired by First Financial in 2014. Mr. Meyer presently serves on the Board of Trustees and is President of The Columbus Jewish Foundation.
Richard E. Olszewski
Mr. Olszewski is the owner and operator of two 7-Eleven Food Store franchises (Griffith, Indiana). He has served on the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp since 2005. He was also a director of a former affiliate bank of First Financial from 1995 to 2005.
Maribeth Sembach Rahe
Ms. Rahe is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio) as of 2003. She also services on the board of directors of Fort Washington Advisors, Inc. Ms. Rahe has served on the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp since 2010.

Ms. Rahe has more than 40 years of experience in the banking and financial services industries, most of which have been in management or executive management positions.

She currently serves as a director of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL). Ms. Rahe is involved in and serves as a director (or in an equivalent position) of several organizations, including:

  • Cincinnati Arts Association (Vice Chair)
  • Cincinnati Country Club (Board)
  • Cincinnati Women's Executive Forum (Board)
  • Cintrifuse (Advisory Board)
  • Commonwealth Club (Executive Committee)
  • Institutional Real Estate Inc. (Editorial Advisory Board)
  • New York Landmark Conservancy (Life Trustee)
  • Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center (Life Trustee)
  • Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Development Advisory Board)
  • The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (Board)
  • United Way of Cincinnati (Investment Committee)
  • Xavier University Williams College of Business (Board of Executive Advisors)
John T. Neighbours
Mr. Neighbours is a partner in the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels. He has practiced law for over 40 years and has represented employees throughout the country in all aspects of labor and employment law. Additionally, he has become an adviser to business, educational and not-for-profit executives on a variety of topics which assist them in problem solving. He has served on the board of directors of First Financial Bancorp since 2015.

Mr. Neighbours presently serves on the board of Real Estate Corporation of America. He is involved in and serves as a director (or in an equivalent position) of a number of non-profit and civic organizations including:

  • Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
  • United Way of Central Indiana
  • Meadows Community Foundation (Chair)
  • Charles A. Tindley Accelerated Schools
  • Indianapolis Public Safety Foundation
  • Christian Theological Seminary
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Advisory Board
  • Indianapolis Zoological Society

In addition, he served as a council member for the American Bar Association - Section on Labor and Employment Law for 12 years, as well as chairman of the Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act Committee from 1997 to 2000. He also served on the Labor Relations Committee for the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Neighbours is also active in the Indianapolis real estate market, with 35 years of experience in development and leasing activities, including development projects in low income areas. His most recent development project involves managing a $100 million investment in a low income area and coordinating the development with the City of Indianapolis, the local YMCA, healthcare providers, and charter schools.
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