First National Bank of Hutchinson in Kansas has promoted Keith Hughes to chief executive officer and Greg Binns to president.

Hughes is to remain a director of the $530 million-asset bank, a post he assumed last year. Before that he held senior posts in correspondent bank services and regional lending.

He began his career with First National in 1980 as an assistant auditor. Binns was executive vice president and chief financial officer. Before that he was a vice president and controller. Earlier he was an assistant vice president. He began his career with the bank in 1977 as a manager trainee. 

Home Federal Bank in Sioux Falls, S.D., has hired Stephen Bianchi as the president of its Twin Cities market.

Bianchi was the regional president for Minnesota at Associated Bank of Green Bay, Wis. Before that he was named the president of Wells Fargo's business banking division in Minnesota in 2004. Earlier he had been the president of Wells' Duluth, Minn., market since 2000.

Home Federal Bank has $1.2 billion of assets.

First Michigan Bancorp Inc. in Troy has promoted Gary J. Cortner to president of its Port Huron region.

The $100 million-asset company also hired Dennis Klaeser as chief financial officer and appointed Thomas W. Brown chief operating officer of its First Michigan Bank.

Cortner was the executive managing director and director of commercial lending at the company's First Michigan Bank. Before that he was the president and managing director of PrivateBank in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Earlier he was a senior vice president in the commercial banking department at Standard Federal Bank.

Klaeser was a senior vice president and senior research analyst at Raymond James. Before that he had been the chief financial officer and managing director of Private Bancorp Inc. since 2003.

Brown was chief financial officer of the bank. Before that he was a chief financial officer and managing director at PrivateBank. Earlier he was the CFO and a senior vice president of Bloomfield Hills Bancorp.


First Priority Bank of Malvern, Pa., has hired Deb Takes as its chief executive officer. She also was elected chairman of the bank and will be a director of it and its parent company, First Priority Financial Corp.

Takes had been the president and CEO of Harleysville National Bank and Trust Co. since 2000. She had worked at Harleysville National for more than 25 years.

First Priority Bank has $244 million of assets.


First Financial Holdings Inc. of Charleston, S.C., has promoted R. Wayne Hall to president and chief executive officer of the company and CEO of its First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston.

Hall had been the chief operating officer of the $3.3 billion-asset First Federal Savings since last year. Before that he had been the principal financial and accounting officer and chief financial officer of the company since 2007.

He succeeded A. Thomas Hood, who will remain the company's president and a director of both First Financial and First Federal until his retirement in 2011.

The company also promoted Blaise B. Bettendorf to chief financial officer of First Financial and First Federal.

Previously, Bettendorf was chief accounting officer for both entities.


First Standard Bank of Los Angeles has hired Min J. Kim as its president and chief executive officer.

Kim had been the president and CEO of Nara Bancorp since 2006. Before that she was an executive vice president and the chief operating officer, as well as the chief credit officer. In 1996 she became a senior vice president and credit administrator.

She joined Nara in 1995 and earlier had been a vice president and manager of the western branch in Los Angeles for Hanmi Bank since 1985.

First Standard has $126 million of assets.

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