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First Financial Bank names Jamie Esch chairman and CEO Hereford Region

Christian Fernsby |
Abilene, Tx., USA - First Financial Bank has named Jamie Esch as chairman and CEO of First Financial Bank, Hereford Region.

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Since January 2019, Mr. Esch has served as Senior Vice President of Private Banking and Commercial Lending at Happy State Bank and Trust Company in Amarillo, Texas, where he was responsible for developing processes and products for the private banking department and developing consumer and commercial portfolios of private banking clients.

Mr. Esch first arrived at Happy State Bank in March 2017 as SVP & Director of Operations and was responsible for the daily operations of the bank, including deposit operations, training and information technology.

Mr. Esch received a degree in business administration in 1998 from West Texas A&M University, before beginning a 12-year engagement with Bank of America in Dallas, Amarillo and Springfield, Mo.

During that span, he served as Assistant Vice President – Banking Center Manager, Vice President – Community Bank Staffing Manager, Vice President – Senior Client Manager, and SVP – Consumer Market Manager.

In Springfield, Mr. Esch was SW Missouri Market President & Consumer Market Executive from July 2007 to November 2011, then served as Southern Missouri President & Area Executive from November 2011.

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