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Investor Relations

A group of kids put their hands into a circle

Investor Relations

In 1982, First Bancshares Inc. was formed as a holding company which owns 100% of the shares of First National Bank. All First National Bank stockholders were converted to these shares in 1983. Presently, the overall ownership consists of a diverse mix of shareholders that in many cases are descendants of the founding principals or prior senior officers of the bank. Presently, there is no concentration of ownership that would be considered a controlling interest in the corporation.

First Bancshares, Inc. is also the sole shareholder of First Bellevue Properties which is a subsidiary formed to hold foreclosed bank assets and other real estate where it’s best to be sheltered from bank liability.

First National Bank is an independent, local community bank focusing our attention on the needs of local families, businesses, and farmers. We pride ourselves in knowing our customers by their first name. The decision process for making for loans and other services is managed by local officers and board of directors. First National Bank of Bellevue received its national charter on September 30, 1875 with headquarters located in Bellevue, Ohio.

First National Bank is the primary operating company of the corporation and consists of a community bank with seven banking offices located in Bellevue, Catawba Island, Clyde, Fremont, Port Clinton, Put in Bay Ohio and Sandusky.

FNB offers traditional banking products in the form of Demand Deposit Accounts, Savings Accounts, Money Market Accounts and various forms of Certificates of Deposit. Many loan products are also available targeted to consumers and small business owners. The bank’s target customer base is small businesses, farmers and consumers of residential mortgage loans and Home Equity Loans.

With the banking offices located in north central Ohio, there is a strong influence of manufacturing and tourism businesses along with agricultural base that is significant. Many of our employees have a long tenure of service to the bank.

The management team consists of seasoned bankers and professionals that are driven to make First National Bank a premier financial institution by prudently managing the assets of the company to generate appropriate profits that will provide adequate return to investors. Their names and biographies are included in this material.

The board of directors is made up of local business people that live and work in the immediate market area of the bank. They are very familiar with the needs of the communities we serve and understand the importance of delivering quality financial services in a manner that fits the needs of business people and consumers. Their names and biographies are included in this material.

First Bancshares, Inc.
Deb Hawkins
Corporate Secretary
120 North Street
P.O. Box 120
Bellevue, Ohio 44811

Phone 419-483-7340
Fax 419-483-0006

Adam Crockett
Green Hills Golf Course
Clyde, OH
Board of Directors since 2015

Kula Hoty Lynch
Legal Counsel
Sandusky, OH
Board of Directors since 2021

Steven L. Mays, DVM
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Bellevue, OH
Board of Directors since 1995

Duffield Milkie
Corporate Legal Counsel
Cedar Fair
Sandusky, Oh
Board of Directors since 2014

Dean J. Miller
First National Bank
Bellevue, OH
Board of Directors since 2006

Jerri Miller
Sandusky County Auditor
Fremont, OH
Board of Directors since 2021

Melvin H. Miller
Retired President/Chairman
Janotta & Herner, Inc
Port Clinton, OH
Board of Directors since 2011

James V. Stouffer
President/CEO Catawba Island Club
Port Clinton, OH
Board of Directors since 2013

Michael K. Winthrop
The Bellevue Hospital
Bellevue, OH
Board of Directors since 1991

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Dean Miller


Dean joined First National Bank in 2006 as President/CEO. He serves the role of Chairman as a member of the Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking at Madison as well as a graduate of the National Commercial Lending School at The University of Oklahoma. A native of Clyde, Ohio, Dean has over 38 years of lending and banking experience with an emphasis on commercial lending and management in a Community Bank environment. He serves as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and a director of The United Bankers Bank, a correspondent bank serving community banks in the Midwest.

Ralph Hutchinson

SVP/Chief Credit Officer

In 2020, Ralph joined the Bank as Senior Vice President / Chief Credit Officer. Ralph is a proud graduate of Defiance College. His early career was spent as a Bank Regulator with significant focus was on Commercial Lending, Asset Quality, Credit Risk Management, Credit Administration, and Compliance. After 10 years working for Government Regulatory Agencies, he worked for California community banks in Napa California in Credit Administration and Sacramento as Chief Credit Officer, and a large regional bank in Los Angeles writing Credit Policy for 7 years.  Ralph also operated his own bank consulting advisory service for 15 years. He provided solutions for dozens of banks across the country, typically in areas where there were regulatory or audit concerns. Ralph is the proud father of two high school age children, enjoys sailing, music and volunteering for humanitarian causes, mentoring at risk children, and under-served people groups.

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Edmund Schafer

CPA – SVP/Chief Financial Officer

Ed joined the bank as CFO in 2008. He is a graduate of Tiffin University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Accounting, along with various continuing professional education required of CPA’s. Ed was managing partner of Soderberg and Schafer LLC, an accounting firm located in Port Clinton from 1984 to November 2008. He served First National Bank as a board member for 14 years prior to working for the bank. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) and Port Clinton Knights of Columbus.

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Deb Hawkins

SVP/Corporate Secretary

Deb began employment with the bank in 1971 and has served in many roles and worked in several departments within the organization. She holds a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at University of Wisconsin. Deb is a native of Bellevue and provides a wealth of knowledge and history to the bank. As Corporate Secretary, she is the liaison with the stock transfer agent for the holding company.

Melanie Mischler

Vice President Retail Banking

Melanie joined the bank as Vice President Retail Manager in 2017. She also serves on the Senior Management team as the Chief Deposit Officer.  Melanie has over 35 years of banking, management, retail and commercial lending experience.  She studied banking and finance at Terra Community College.  Melanie has completed many courses of study in management, leadership and commercial lending. She resides in Fremont with her husband.


Dave Jarvis

SVP/ Chief Technology Officer

Justin Rodemich

SVP / Chief Operations Officer

Justin joined the bank in 2021 as Senior Vice President / Chief Operations Officer. He began his career with Sky Financial Group (Sky Bank) and then began working for a larger regional bank for the past 14 years.  Justin has held a number of key positions throughout his banking career from Deposit Operations Management, Project Management, Strategy Officer and Director of Operations Management.  Most recently, his responsibilities include Director of Loan Operations for Consumer, Mortgage and Commercial lending.  In addition, Justin managed eBanking services including retail and commercial digital banking, treasury advanced services, and Client Care Center.  Justin, his wife, and two sons reside in Stony Ridge where they enjoy spending time with their 180 pound Newfoundland.


The shares of First Bancshares, Inc are traded under the ticker symbol FIBH on the OOTC.

D.A. Davidson & Co.
Community Bank & Wealth Management Group
Toll Free Phone# 1-800-394-9230


Nicolas P. Bicking

Senior Vice President
Financial Advisor


Thomas L. Dooley III

Senior Vice President
Financial Advisor



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