Ohio’s First Financial announces new CBO

Andy Hauck and Cathy Meyers

Tony Stollings, chief banking officer for Cincinnati-based First Financial Bank, is retiring after more than a dozen years in the bank’s leadership.

The bank has hired Andy Hauck to serve as the commercial banking executive and Cathy Myers to serve as the consumer banking executive. Stollings will work closely with Hauck, Myers and the entire leadership team to ensure a smooth transition for associates and clients until his retirement later this year.

Hauck joins First Financial with more than 30 years of experience and will lead the bank’s footprint in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky focusing on investment commercial real estate, commercial banking, business capital, equipment finance and treasury management.

Prior to joining First Financial, he worked for Fifth Third Bank for many years as a corporate banking executive and after that served as managing director with Lazear Capital Partners. Hauck has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., and is an active member of the community and has served as a board member of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati, Sherwin Star Sports Foundation and All Saints Parish.

Myers joined the bank as consumer banking executive. She will oversee the day-to-day operations of the consumer, business banking, wealth and mortgage banking groups while driving strategic initiatives designed to further assist our clients in achieving their goals.

Prior to joining First Financial Bank, she held leadership positions with U.S. Bank, Key Bank, and First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio. She is a faculty member of Consumer Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking, an alumni of the Cincinnati Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati program, and has served as board member of the Red Cross and United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance from West Virginia University, Morgantown, and an MBA from Xavier University, Cincinnati.

“Tony has been an integral part of First Financial’s transformation and growth into the high-performing company that we are today. We are very happy for Tony and appreciate his many years of service to our company,” said Archie Brown, First Financial’s president and CEO. “I am very excited to have Andy and Cathy join the First Financial team. I believe they both bring the right mix of experience, leadership and strategic thinking that will help their teams continue to provide responsive service and comprehensive solutions to meet the needs of our clients, while helping us achieve even greater levels of success.”