2019 First Merchants FMB_1255_c

First Merchants Corporation has a rich history that dates back to 1893, when
the bank was Merchants National Bank of Muncie. Through many years of
acquisitions, mergers and charter consolidations, First Merchants Bank was
Lafayette Bank & Trust joined First Merchants Bank in April 2002. Lafayette Bank
& Trust, now First Merchants Bank, began serving Carroll County Ag clients in
1988 when we acquired Bank of Reynolds. We expanded our presence in March
2001 when we added the team and office in Flora, Indiana. We provide our
customers with broad financial services delivered locally by bankers who are
known and trusted experts in our communities. For 125 years, our focus has
been and remains on building deep, lifelong relationships.
First Merchants Corporation has continually increased its capital strength
through steady growth, sound financial management and a commitment of
personal service to our customers. Since our modest beginnings over a century
ago, personal, reliable and professional customer service was exhibited when
daily entries in hand written journals were made. Today with significant
improvements in our processes, via advancements in technology, the
Corporation’s commitment to personalized customer service is just as
important as it was the first day we opened our doors for business.
Service and strength continue to be our theme for growth since our first
president, Hardin Roads, started on his quest. It is our people that make this
quest of growth a reality.
Our commitment to shareholders is to continue to evolve a culture that values
employees while emphasizing high performance results. We want and need our
employees to strive for success because they have an ownership in the
company. We want and need our employees to view their time spent here as a
career rather than a job. We believe strongly in hiring the right attitude first and
training for skills.
Our consolidated structure supports our delivery commitment and expands the
scope of our lending capabilities, allowing us to deliver strength and service…
every day.

March 11, 2019

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