BancFirst Ohio Corp. hired, among other hawkers, a cigar salesman to staff its two newest branches in western Ohio next month. In fact, most of the employees at the new branches are salespeople -- not bankers -- by trade.

"It's easier to teach a nonbanker to be a banker than to teach a banker to be a salesperson," said Fred A. O'Dell, senior vice president of the $391 million-asset company.

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