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First Hope Bank Announces Promotions and New Hire

March 20, 2012, Hope, NJ

The true strength of any organization is its people, and nowhere is that more important than at First Hope Bank, where the focus lies in promoting from within its already established, talented team. Several associates have recently moved into challenging new positions.

First Hope Mortgages, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Hope Bank, has thrived due to the success of its hard working associates. With this growth, new positions have been created to help make home ownership a reality for more customers, both throughout the state and locally. Lauren Ahlers, who joined First Hope Bank in August 2011 as a teller in the Hackettstown Branch, was recently promoted to the position of Mortgage Compliance Opener. Glenn Lucchi, an associate who joined the bank in July 2011 as a teller in the Hope Branch, was promoted to the position of Final Documents Coordinator. Denise Spina, part of the loan operations department since August 2004, was promoted to Secondary Market Assistant for the mortgage subsidiary.

The parent company, First Hope Bank, also announced multiple promotions. Jeffrey Cooper, who started with the bank as a teller in the Hackettstown branch in December of 2010, was recently promoted to Loan Operations Support Specialist.

Deena Smith, who joined the bank in December 2006 as the Andover office's Branch Manager, moved to a new position as Commercial Lender. Kimberley Morlock, Assistant Branch Manager also from the Andover Branch, was promoted to the position of Branch Manager.

Terie Bono joined First Hope Bank in October 2009 as Teller Supervisor in First Hope’s Hackettstown Branch and was promoted to the position of Assistant Branch Manager in Sparta in October 2010. She was transferred to the Andover Branch as Assistant Branch Manager.

Loretta Sanguinetti joined First Hope Bank in October 2005 and progressed through the positions of Teller to Platform Assistant in Sparta. She was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager.

First Hope is also very proud to announce an important addition to the team. With many years of branch banking experience, Marisol Lopez was recently introduced as Branch Manager of the Blairstown Office.

These individuals have made significant contributions to the bank’s success during their tenure, and the bank looks forward to their continued contributions well into the future.

First Hope Bank, established in 1911, is a full-service financial institution with locations in Andover, Blairstown, Great Meadows, Hackettstown, Hope and Sparta. Known for its customer service, financial strength and stability, First Hope Bank also offers the sophisticated range of products and services found in large financial institutions including a comprehensive trust and investment services division. First Hope Bank's associates strive every day to fulfill the Bank's motto, "World class service, close to home."